ICA: Heavier Traffic at Woodlands, Tuas Land Checkpoints


ICA: Heavier Traffic Flow at Woodlands and Tuas Land Checkpoints Until Jan. 2, 2023

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) advised travellers departing or arriving via the Woodlands and Tuas land checkpoints to make time for immigration clearance and avoid peak hours beginning today until Jan 2, 2023.

In an advisory released on Tuesday, the ICA said the traffic flow at the two checkpoints has reverted to about 80% of pre-COVID-19 levels. From Nov. 4-6 alone, almost a million travellers passed through these checkpoints.

Heavier traffic flow is expected at these two checkpoints during the year-end school holiday. During the holiday period in pre-pandemic 2019, the ICA reported that travellers waited for around three hours at the checkpoints.

The ICA advised travellers departing Singapore to avoid the following peak hours at these checkpoints during these days:

Thursdays - 6 PM to 11: 59 PM

Fridays - 2 PM to 11:59 PM

Saturdays - 6 AM to 9 AM, 2 PM to 11:59 PM

Sundays - 6 AM to 8 AM, 3 PM to 6 PM

For those arriving in Singapore, these are the peak hours:

Weekdays - 10 PM to 11:59 PM

Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays - 6 PM to 11:59 PM

Travellers are urged to first check the traffic situation at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints on the Land Transport Authority's One Monitoring website before embarking or the Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System along Bukit Timah Expressway and Ayer Rajah Expressway.

Travellers must also make sure their passports have validity for at least six months. Singaporean residents who renewed their passports must transfer their Re-Entry Permit to their new ones. For short-term visitors, submission of the Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC) with health declaration is compulsory within three days of arrival.

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