ICA: Heavy traffic expected at land checkpoints on weekends from 17 Nov 2017 UPDATED 4 Jan 2018

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Starts17 Nov 2017 (Fri)Ends1 Jan 2018 (Mon)
Location Land Checkpoints
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As the year-end school holiday approaches, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy from Friday, 17 November 2017.

Traffic is expected to be particularly heavy on weekends throughout the holiday period.

Travellers using the land checkpoints during this period can expect delays and should take note of this advisory.

Travellers Have a Part to Play

Security at checkpoints remains the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s top priority against any potential threats to Singapore. The BioScreen system has been progressively implemented at all checkpoints to capture the thumbprints of arriving and departing travellers.

With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when a large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time. Travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible.

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. There have been instances of Singaporeans presenting wrong passports or passports which have been reported lost for immigration clearance. Such cases will lead to delays and cause inconvenience to the passport holders and other checkpoints users.

Passports which have been reported lost can no longer be used for travelling even if they are found subsequently. They 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.

All goods imported into Singapore are subjected to Goods and Services Tax (GST). Travellers* will be given GST relief on new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations (excluding intoxicating liquors, tobacco and petroleum products) up to the following value of the goods – please refer to the table below. For greater convenience, travellers may also use the Customs@SG mobile app to declare and pay duty and GST before arriving at the checkpoint in Singapore. For more information, refer to www.customs.gov.sg.

Time Spent Away from SingaporeValue of Goods Granted GST Relief
48 hours or moreS$600
Less than 48 hoursS$150

*Holders of a Work Permit, Employment Pass, Student’s Pass, Dependent’s Pass or Long-Term Visit Pass are not eligible for GST relief.

Traffic Information

Motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at both land checkpoints before embarking on their journey.

They can visit LTA’s One Motoring website before embarking on their journey or check the traffic conditions via the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the BKE (for Woodlands checkpoint) and AYE (for Tuas checkpoint).

For more Traffic Information:

  1. Call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117;
  2. Tune in to the radio; or
  3. Visit LTA’s One Motoring website (www.onemotoring.com.sg) or MyTransport.SG porta (www.mytransport.sg).

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 seeks travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods.

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