- Heavy traffic at land checkpoints during June school holidays, even worse than before COVID.
- ICA advises extra waiting time for immigration clearance, up to 3 hours on peak days.
- Got new things like Automated Clearance Initiative and all to help clear faster, but still need patience.
Just wanna share something – ICA recently warned peeps that during June school holidays, land checkpoints were experiencing heavier traffic than pre-COVID times.
With the upcoming Hari Raya Haji holiday on 29 June 2023, heavy traffic situation is expected at both Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints from 28 June 2023 to 3 July 2023.
Serious or not?
Based on ICA, peak days can even see close to 430,000 crossings, crazy right?
Insane Traffic at Land Checkpoints
So, ICA observed, right, all these cars, buses, everything – all stuck in long queues just to clear departure.
Super many tailbacks from Malaysia side also.
Basically very difficult situation.
Moving on, ICA advises everyone to expect waiting times of like, 3 hours for peak times, especially if you’re travelling by car.
Just like pre-COVID days.
Automated Clearance Initiative
Remember the good ol’ days, where you’d just hope for a fast clearance?
Well don’t worry, ICA got our backs.
They’ve implemented this Automated Clearance Initiative (ACI), which helps Singapore residents, Malaysians, and some first-time foreign visitors clear immigration faster.
It can save a bit of time, better than nothing right?
Anyway, faster or not, better pack some snacks, maybe take a nap.
Public Buses and Extra Arrangements
Oh also, they’ve introduced more automated lanes at bus halls, and working closely with LTA and bus service providers such as SBS Transit and Causeway Link to make more frequent trips.
Plus, got some loop system for Causeway Link buses, so bus drivers can drop-off and pick-up travellers without needing to clear immigration every time.
Staff Deployment and More Facilities
To make sure everything runs smoothly, ICA deploys more officers during peak periods.
They help manage the crowd, on top of adding industrial fans and mobile toilets to make our experience more comfortable.
At least they care a bit, eh?
Actionable & Practical Takeaways
- Check traffic situation via the LTA One Motoring website or through ICA’s Facebook & Twitter – a bit of prep can save a lot of time.
- Observe traffic rules, lane discipline, and listen to officers on-site – make everyone’s life easier.
- Be patient and prepared – we’re all in this together, friend.
Okay, that’s my update for now.
Next time you’re travelling by land during holidays, just remember, chaos will happen.
Be prepared, and stay calm, okay?
Maybe share some stories of crossing the border, any interesting experiences?
Let us know in the comments below.