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Land checkpoints to face heavy traffic on Qing Ming and Good Friday weekend: ICA

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 30/3/2023 Nisha Rahim

SINGAPORE — Singapore's Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints are expected to see heavy traffic during the upcoming Qing Ming Festival and Good Friday weekend, with traffic flow reaching pre-COVID-19 levels during peak hours.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has advised Singaporeans planning to travel to Malaysia through the land checkpoints between 3rd April and 11 April to factor in additional time for immigration clearance.

During the March school holidays in 2023, around 376,000 travellers crossed the land checkpoints daily, according to the ICA's statement on Thursday (30 March).

Moreover, over one million travellers crossed the land checkpoints during the Good Friday weekend in 2019.

Three-hour wait times for cars at land checkpoints

The average waiting time for those travelling by car through the land checkpoints is about three hours, with a continuous tailback from the Causeway.

Singapore residents and eligible first-time foreign visitors, including Malaysians travelling by bus, are encouraged to use the automated lanes at the passenger halls to clear immigration.

Despite the high volume of traffic and daily commuting for employment and studies, Singapore residents do not need to submit a health declaration if they return to Singapore through the land checkpoints, the ICA says.

The ICA seeks travellers’ understanding and cooperation, reminding motorists not to cut the queue, as doing so can cause severe congestion and compromise the safety of other motorists, while vowing to continue to facilitate immigration clearance without compromising security.

"ICA will continue to facilitate immigration clearance without compromising security. 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,"said the statement.

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