Plan to avoid getting stuck at checkpoints on Good Friday weekend

Plan to avoid getting stuck at checkpoints on Good Friday weekend

With the Good Friday long weekend coming up on April 18, traffic flow at the checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has issued a statement to inform travellers to expect heavy traffic at both checkpoints between Thursday, April 17 and Sunday, April 20.

They added that departure from Singapore is expected to be particularly heavy on April 17, and arrival to be particularly heavy on April 20.

Those who are planning to leave Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint are advised not to walk into the Checkpoint by the link bridge during this peak period, but to make use of public transport instead.

Also, travellers using the checkpoints during these periods can expect delays.

To avoid a surge of travellers and vehicles seeking clearance at the land checkpoints, travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible.

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

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

c. Travellers are to ensure that they are carrying their own passports before presenting for immigration clearance at the checkpoints; and

d. Travellers are to make sure that they do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods into or out of Singapore. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA's website http://www.ica.gov.sg.

When leaving Singapore by Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoint you can check in advance the traffic situation from LTA's Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE respectively.

If you are leaving the country for the long weekend, you can plan your trip by calling the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117; or listen to TrafficWatch on the radio; or alternatively visit LTA's One Motoring website (http://www.onemotoring.com.sg) or MyTransport.SG portal (MyTransport.SG) to check the latest traffic conditions before starting on your journey.

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