Longer waiting times, tight security checks at land checkpoints during Chinese New Year: ICA

Longer waiting times, tight security checks at land checkpoints during Chinese New Year: ICA
People at the Woodlands Checkpoint Departure Hall.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

As Chinese New Year approaches, travellers can expect longer waiting times and tight security checks at the land checkpoints, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in an advisory on Tuesday (Jan 24).

ICA said that traffic through the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints is expected to build up over the week and become particularly heavy from Thursday (Jan 26) to next Tuesday (Jan 31).

The number of travellers using the land checkpoints is also projected to increase from 400,000 to 430,000 during the peak period.

Graphic: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

For a smooth journey, ICA reminded travellers to ensure that their passports have a remaining validity of six months or longer.

They should not bring in prohibited items such as firecrackers, while controlled items including 'bak kwa', eggs and potted plants are subject to allowance only from approved countries.

Before embarking on their journey, motorists can also check the traffic situation at both land checkpoints using LTA's Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE respectively.

For more details, visit the ICA website at www.ica.gov.sg.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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