Congestion to be expected during peak hours at land borders over long weekend

Departing traffic is expected to be heavy between 1pm on Friday and 1am on Saturday as well as from 5am to 3pm on Saturday.

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Published: 28 April 2022, 5:36 PM

Motorists planning to use the Woodlands Causeway and Tuas Second Link over the long weekend should avoid crossing the borders at peak hours. 

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that congestion traffic is expected from Singapore to Malaysia from Apr 29, 1pm to Apr 30, 1am and from 5am to 3am. Inbound traffic into Singapore is predicted to be heavy from 8am on May 3 to 1am on May 4.

As such, ICA is advising motorists to avoid using the land borders this long weekend, which consist of the Labour Day public holiday on May 1 and the Hari Raya public holiday on May 3. 

Waiting time for travellers is expected to take about four hours, said ICA. 

During the previous long weekend on Good Friday, about 436,800 travellers used the land checkpoints.

Travellers should also note that they must have passports with at least six months validity before the expiry date, as well as the necessary permits to enter Malaysia.

Singapore-registered car owners entering Malaysia are also reminded to ensure that their fuel tanks are at least three-quarters full before reaching the checkpoints. Failing to do so may result in them being turned away.

ICA added that it will take “the necessary measures to facilitate efficient immigration clearance but will not compromise on security”. 

Traffic police will be stationed at critical junctions leading to the land checkpoints to ensure road discipline. Commuters are advised to cooperate with instructions and keep to their lanes.

Cross-border bus services will resume on May 1 at the Causeway and Second Link, providing an alternative way for travellers into Malaysia. Travellers may take these services to avoid getting caught in a jam.

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