Very heavy traffic expected at Woodlands & Tuas checkpoints during upcoming holidays — ICA

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) expects “very heavy traffic” at both Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints in the lead-up to and during the entire holiday period from May 21 to June 23, due to Wesak Day (May 22) and June school holidays.

The ICA in an advisory said with the stepped-up security measures at the checkpoints due to the heightened threat situation, travellers should also expect delays and factor in additional time for immigration clearance.

“We seek travellers’ understanding and cooperation to be patient, observe traffic rules, maintain lane discipline, and cooperate with ICA officers,” it said

The Home Ministry on Saturday said Singapore has stepped up security measures, including at the country’s checkpoints, following an attack at Ulu Tiram police station, Johor, on Friday which killed two police officers and injured another.

Meanwhile, the ICA said during the recent Good Friday long weekend from March 28 to April 1, close to 2.3 million travellers crossed Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints or more than 455,000 crossings daily.

“This was an increase of close to 30 per cent compared to the same Good Friday long weekend period in 2023,” it added.

The agency said during peak periods, travellers departing by car had to wait up to three hours before they were cleared through immigration. — BERNAMA / pic BLOOMBERG