ICA Advisory: Traffic flow through the land checkpoints is expected to be particularly heavy from 8 – 12 Aug 2019

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Starts8 Aug 2019 (Thu)Ends12 Aug 2019 (Mon)
Location Land Checkpoints
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As the National Day and Hari Raya Haji holidays approach, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be particularly heavy from the eve of National Day, Thursday, 8 August 2019 to Hari Raya Haji, Monday, 12 August 2019.

It is also Malaysia’s public holiday on Sunday, 11 August 2019 and Monday, 12 August 2019[1]. Travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays and are advised to adjust their travel plans where necessary.

Travellers Have a Part to Play

Security at checkpoints remains the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s top priority against any potential threats to Singapore, and ICA will be stepping up security checks during this period to prevent any security risks. With enhanced checks coupled with large number of travellers using the checkpoints at the same time, traffic build-up is inevitable and delays can be expected. Travellers should factor the additional time needed for immigration clearance into their plans.

Before setting off on their journey, travellers are reminded to check and ensure that they bring their rightful passports with a remaining validity of six months or more. During peak periods, ICA has encountered many instances of travellers turning up at the land checkpoints either with a wrong passport, or without a passport. Such cases will cause inconvenience to the passport holders and other checkpoints users.

ICA would also like to remind travellers that passports which have been reported lost can no longer be used for travelling even if they are found subsequently. These passports will be cancelled by ICA, and any attempt to use them is an offence under the Passports Act and may be punished by a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both. Passports that have been recovered must be surrendered to ICA within 14 days. Failure to surrender the recovered passport is an offence under the Passports Regulations and may be punished by a fine of up to $3,000 or imprisonment for up to 2 years, or both.

Travellers are also reminded not to bring in prohibited items such as firecrackers, “Pop-Pop” or chewing gum. If travellers bring in dutiable or controlled items such as eggs, meat products and potted plants, they should proactively make declarations to ICA’s officers prior to checks.

Traffic Information

There were many instances of queue-cutting at both land checkpoints during peak periods. ICA advises against this as it can cause severe congestion and compromise motorists’ safety. Motorists are reminded to observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline at all times and cooperate with checkpoint officers to ensure a safe environment at the checkpoints.

Before embarking on the journey, motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints through the One Motoring website or via the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the BKE and AYE respectively. Motorists can also check the ICA’s Facebook page for updates on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints.

For more Traffic Information:

Call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117;

Clearance Efficiency Without Compromising Security

The ICA will continue to take necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. ICA’s checkpoint officers will continue to monitor traffic conditions on a real time basis and ensure optimal deployment of resources. The ICA will also continue to work with the Traffic Police to ensure road discipline at the critical junctions leading to the land checkpoints. ICA seeks travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods.

[1]12 August 2019 is a public holiday in Malaysia except for the state of Johor.

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