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Heavy traffic at checkpoints expected during Hari Raya Puasa period: ICA

Traffic volume at both land checkpoints is expected to build up from Friday (July 25) and continue till the following Monday, and travellers using the checkpoints can expect delays, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority said. 

SINGAPORE: With Hari Raya Puasa coming up on July 28, travellers looking to exit Singapore by the two land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas should expect delays, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Thursday (July 17).

It said in a statement that the traffic build up is from Friday, July 25, and continue till the following Monday, July 28. Travellers departing Singapore are advised not to travel by foot to the Woodlands Checkpoint during the peak period, but use public transport instead, it said.

In addition, ICA advises:

  • Drivers should car-pool and maintain lane discipline at all times

  • Eligible users of the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) - such as Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders - are encouraged to use these lanes at the bus halls for immigration clearance

  • Travellers are to ensure that they are carrying their own passports before presenting them for immigration clearance at the checkpoints

  • Travellers are to make sure that they do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods into or out of Singapore

Motorists should also check on the traffic situation at both land checkpoints before setting off on their trips, the statement said.

On ICA's end, it will provide more automated facilities for passport clearance for motorcycle and bus travellers, and open more counters for motorcycle and goods vehicles. Additional car counters would also be opened whenever appropriate.

"The ICA will continue to take the necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security. We seek travellers' understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak period," the authority said.

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