Expect heavy traffic at checkpoints over May 1 weekend
TRAFFIC is expected to be heavy at both the Woodlands and Tuas land checkpoints over the Labour Day (May 1) weekend, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said.
Travellers can expect heavy traffic heading to Malaysia on Friday while arrival volume is likely to be particularly heavy on Monday, ICA added in a statement yesterday.
"Security at our checkpoints remains the ICA's top priority," the authority noted.
The BioScreen system has been implemented at the passenger halls of the land checkpoints to capture the thumbprints of visitors.
Traffic build-up is "inevitable" with security checks in place, ICA said.
"To avoid a surge of travellers and vehicles seeking clearance at the land checkpoints, travellers are advised to adjust their travel plans if possible," it added.
It also reminded travellers to ensure that their passports are valid before their journey. The passports must have a validity of six months or more.
Singaporeans have also presented passports that were previously reported as lost.
These can no longer be used even if they are later found as they have been cancelled by the ICA.
The ICA is also encouraging Singaporean travellers to carpool. Motorists leaving Singapore will be able to check the traffic situation using the Land Transport Authority's Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (Emas) installed along the AYE and BKE.
Singaporeans, Singapore permanent residents and long-term pass holders are encouraged to use the automated clearance gantries for immigration clearance.
Travellers should also make sure that they are not carrying illegal or prohibited goods. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA's website (www.ica.gov.sg).
"We seek travellers' understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods," ICA added.