ICA: Heavy traffic expected on weekends at land checkpoints during the holiday period from 16 Nov – 31 Dec 2018

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Starts16 Nov 2018 (Fri)Ends31 Dec 2018 (Mon)
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Plan Your Journey When Using Land Checkpoints This Holiday Season

As the year-end school holiday approaches, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy from Friday, 16 November 2018 till end of the year.

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 our checkpoints remains the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s top priority against any potential threats to Singapore. With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time. Travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans where necessary.

Travellers are reminded not to bring in prohibited items such as ‘Pop-Pop” and chewing gum. If travellers bring in dutiable or controlled items such as eggs, meat products and potted plants, they should proactively make declarations to our officers prior to checks. For more details, please visit the ICA website at 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. 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. These passports 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.

All goods imported into Singapore are subjected to Goods and Services Tax (GST). Travellers (non-pass holders) will be given GST relief on new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations (excluding intoxicating liquors, tobacco and petroleum products) meant for their personal use up to the following value of the goods – please refer to the table below.

Time Spent Away from Singapore:

  1. . 48 hours or more (Value of Goods Granted GST Relief: S$600)
  2. Less than 48 hours (Value of Goods Granted GST Relief: S$150)

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.

Traffic Information

Before embarking on the journey, motorists are advised to check the traffic situation at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints through One Motoring website or via the Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the BKE and AYE respectively.

For more Traffic Information:

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