Driving to Malaysia over Christmas, New Year? Check traffic situation at land borders first: ICA
Those commuting between Singapore and Malaysia during the year-end holidays can expect heavy traffic at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Monday.
Between last Friday and Sunday, more than one million travellers passed through both checkpoints, with about 359,000 crossing the borders daily. This is close to levels before the Covid-19 pandemic, when about 415,000 crossed the land borders daily.
Over the previous weekend at Woodlands Checkpoint, departure traffic was very heavy due to tailback from the Causeway, said the authority.
At the peak of the holiday season in 2019, the average waiting time to clear immigration for travellers departing or arriving by car via the land checkpoints had been about three hours, it said.
“Those who wish to travel via the land checkpoints by car or bus this holiday season are advised to factor in additional time for immigration clearance as the traffic volume is generally high and long delays are expected,” said the authority.
Travellers can monitor the traffic situation at the land checkpoints via the ICA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts or the One Motoring website.
The ICA reminded motorists to avoid queue cutting as it can compromise the safety of other road users and cause severe congestion.
Those travelling between Malaysia and Singapore by bus and who are eligible to use the automated lanes at the passenger halls are encouraged to do so.
Travellers are reminded to ensure their passports have a remaining validity of at least six months.
Singapore permanent residents who have renewed their passport must transfer their re-entry permit to the new passport.
Long-term pass holders will need to notify the ICA or the Ministry of Manpower of any change in their passport particulars.
Drivers of foreign-registered vehicles entering Singapore must have a valid vehicle entry permit, an approval e-mail from the Land Transport Authority and a valid Autopass card.
The ICA said: “Travellers should not bring in prohibited items such as weapons or electronic cigarettes. Those bringing in dutiable or controlled items such as tobacco products must proactively declare them to our officers prior to being checked.”
The ICA also reminded owners of departing Singapore-registered cars to make sure that their fuel tanks are three-quarters full before reaching the checkpoints, or risk being turned away.
Offenders may be issued with a composition sum of up to $500 or be prosecuted in court.
The ICA said: “We seek travellers’ understanding and cooperation to be patient, observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline, and cooperate with officers on site when using the land checkpoints.”
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