Singapore checkpoints congestion expected from this weekend

SINGAPORE, 15 Jan 2020:

Traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays, the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said.

In a statement today, ICA said traffic departing from Singapore is set to be heavy from Jan 17 to 28, while arrival traffic is expected to be heavy from Jan 25 to 28.

“About 415,000 travellers use the land checkpoints daily and this number increases during the festive peak periods.

“For the Friday before Christmas last year, we cleared 475,000 travellers across the land checkpoints – the highest number we have seen in recent years.”

As such, ICA said travellers using the land checkpoints during the Lunar New Year holiday season can expect delays.

ICA also reminded travellers not to bring in prohibited items such as firecrackers, “Pop-Pop” or controlled items such as ‘bak kwa’, eggs and potted plants.

“If travellers bring in dutiable or controlled items, they should proactively make declarations to our officers prior to checks,” the statement read.

ICA said foreign visitors are encouraged to submit their arrival cards online via the “SG Arrival Card” e-Service on the ICA website (eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard) or mobile application (available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store) for greater convenience.

“They can submit the electronic arrival cards up to 14 days ahead of their arrival in Singapore.

“This means that they do not need to fill up the paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card and will only need to produce their passports for immigration clearance upon arrival.”

However, ICA said foreign visitors arriving via cruise liners and those entering Singapore to assume work pass status should continue to submit the paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card until further notice.

Separately, two Malaysians were among five arrested by Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) during an operation early yesterday morning.

In a statement today, CNB said the two suspects, a 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, were arrested in the vicinity of Geylang Bahru Road.

Drugs including about 422g of heroin were found inside a backpack belonging to the 26-year-old suspect, it said.

Prior to their arrests, CNB said a 72-year-old stateless male suspected drug trafficker was observed to have met up with the 26-year-old suspect near a bus stop in Bendemeer Road.

The 72-year-old suspect was arrested while about 845 gm of heroin, 13g of ‘Ice’ as well as cash amounting to S$5,350 were found on him.

Based on the follow-up investigation, CNB officers arrested a 64-year-old male Singaporean suspect at the void deck of a residential block in the vicinity of Jurong East Street 21.

The man is believed to be linked to the 26-year-old male Malaysian suspect arrested earlier.

Cash amounting to S$2,200 was recovered from the elderly suspect.

Simultaneously, CNB officers arrested a 55-year-old foreign woman at the hideout of the 72-year-old in the vicinity of Prome Road.

A search of the bedroom in the hideout saw the recovery of 10 plastic sachets containing about 88 gm of heroin and various drug paraphernalia.

The drugs seized in this operation were worth about S$100,000 and investigations into the drug activities of the five arrested persons were ongoing, said CNB.

– Bernama