ICA: Heavy Traffic Expected at Land Checkpoints from 26 – 31 Jan 2017

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Starts26 Jan 2017 (Thu)Ends31 Jan 2017 (Tue)
Location Land Checkpoints
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As the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, travellers should expect a longer than usual waiting time as there will be tight security checks at the checkpoints.

Traffic through the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints is expected to build up in the week leading to the Lunar New Year and will be particularly heavy from Thursday, 26 January to Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

About 400,000 travellers use the land checkpoints daily and this number is expected to increase to 430,000 during peak periods. With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable and delays will be expected especially when a large number of travellers and conveyances choose to cross the land links at the same time.

ICA officers will remain watchful and vigilant as smuggling attempts continue despite the stringent checks. More than 46,000 cases of contraband items were detected at the land checkpoints in 2016 and this works out to an average of 126 cases per day

Travellers Have a Part to Play

Travellers are reminded not to bring in prohibited items such as firecrackers. Controlled items such as ‘bak kwa’, eggs and potted plants, are subject to travellers’ allowance only from approved countries.

For more details, please visit the ICA website at www.ica.gov.sg.

Useful Tips When Using the Land Checkpoints:

  1. You are encouraged to car-pool or make use of public transport;
  2. You should maintain lane discipline at all times when driving or riding into and out of Singapore;
  3. If you are a Singaporean, Singapore Permanent Resident or Long Term Pass holder and is eligible to use the automated clearance system, use eIACS at the bus halls or BIKES at the motorcycle lanes for immigration clearance;
  4. Ensure that you are carrying your own and valid passport before presenting it for immigration clearance at the checkpoints; and
  5. Make sure you do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods into or out of Singapore. You must also declare to the checkpoint officers if you are bringing any dutiable or controlled items into Singapore. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA’s website (www.ica.gov.sg).

Travellers are also reminded to check and ensure that they are using their own passports with a remaining validity of six months or more before setting off on their journey. Last year, about 800 cases of Singaporeans were detected at land checkpoints for using wrong passports or passports earlier reported as lost or stolen. Such cases will lead to delays and cause inconvenience to the passport holders and other checkpoints users. Passports which had been reported lost or stolen 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 the ICA within 14 days to prevent abuse by persons with ill-intent. 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.

Traffic Information

Motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at both land checkpoints before embarking on their journey. Travellers leaving Singapore by Woodlands or Tuas checkpoint will be able to know in advance the traffic situation from LTA’s Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE respectively.

For more Traffic Information:

  • Call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117;
  • Tune in to the radio for the latest traffic conditions;
  • Visit LTA’s One Motoring website (http://www.onemotoring.com.sg) or MyTransport.SG portal (MyTransport.SG) to check the latest traffic conditions before embarking on your journey.

ICA will continue to take necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. ICA seeks travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods.

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