Heavy traffic, delays expected at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints during National Day holiday


SINGAPORE – Motorists passing through Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints can expect heavy traffic and delays this National Day weekend and during the holiday period (August 5-10) after a spike of more than 290,000 commuters per day over the past weekend.

The number of daily crossings from July 29 to 31 exceeded weekend travel volumes recorded during this year’s June school holidays, Vesak Day and Good Friday weekends, the Authority said. Immigration and Checkpoints (ICA) Thursday August 4th.

Weekends during the June school holidays saw around 278,000 travelers each day.

As traffic has increased along the carriageway and at checkpoints, commuters are advised to adjust their travel plans, if possible, to avoid being caught in a traffic jam.

Before the pandemic, during the National Day long weekend peak in traffic in 2019, travelers at land checkpoints had to wait up to four hours before going through immigration, the ICA added.

Therefore, travelers are advised to take into account the extra time for customs clearance and avoid the following peak times:

– From 3:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., travelers leaving Singapore on Friday, August 5

– 6am to 10am and 4pm to 9pm, travelers leaving Singapore on Saturday (August 6)

– 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., those arriving in Singapore between Sunday (August 7) ​​and Wednesday (August 10).

Those departing from the Woodlands checkpoint should also note that Malaysia’s immigration department, Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia, has been carrying out upgrades to their arrival immigration car cabins since June.

During this period, cabins being upgraded at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex will not be operational.

Before leaving Singapore, motorists are also advised to check the traffic situation at land checkpoints through the Land Transport Authority’s One Motoring website or through the Motorway Advisory System installed along the Bukit Timah and Ayer Rajah.

Traffic updates will also be posted on ICA’s social media pages.


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