Heavy traffic at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints to continue until end-June: ICA

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Vehicles form a long queue to enter the Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore early on April 1, 2022, before crossing the causeway to Malaysia's southern Johor state, as both countries reopen its borders to all fully vaccinated travellers. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Long queue to enter the Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore on 1 April 2022 (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Traffic flow through the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints is expected to remain heavy until the start of the new school term on 27 June, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Wednesday (8 June).

Since the start of the June school holiday, traffic flow at the checkpoints has been heavy, ICA said in a travel advisory.

The first weekend of 3 to 5 June saw the largest number of travellers crossing the checkpoints since the reopening of the land borders between Singapore and Malaysia on 1 April.

The number of travellers crossing the checkpoints has risen from about 149,000 on average daily during the Good Friday weekend, to about 224,000 per day during the Vesak Day weekend and about 262,000 per day last weekend.

“Travellers can thus expect delays during this period and are advised to adjust their travel plans, where possible, to avoid being caught in the traffic jams,” ICA said.

Projected peak hours at Singapore's land checkpoints in June 2022. (DATA: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)
Projected peak hours at Singapore's land checkpoints in June 2022. (DATA: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

Apart from factoring in more time for immigration clearance and avoiding peak hours, travellers should also note that if they depart via Woodlands Checkpoint, upgrading works on the arrival immigration car booths at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar have started since 6 June and are not operational during this period, ICA added.

“To avoid getting caught in traffic jams at the land checkpoints, travellers can take the cross-border bus services provided by public bus operators, instead of driving into Malaysia via private vehicles."

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