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ICA: Nearly 250,000 travelers departed SG via land border on 1 June

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) announced that nearly 250,000 travelers departed Singapore through Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints on Thursday (1 June) alone, marking the highest recorded number since the reopening of the Singapore-JB border.

With the combination of the Vesak Day long weekend and the June school holidays, heavy traffic is expected for those planning to travel to Malaysia.

Some travellers stuck in traffic for more than 6 hours before clearing JB custom 

Several netizens have already shared the heavy congestion at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints on social media.

One of the netizens shared that after crossing Singapore customs at 11:22 PM on Thursday night, they still had not reached JB customs by 5:04 AM on Friday morning.

On Friday noon, several netizens also reported overcrowding and long queues at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex, Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI).

Singapore’s ICA issued a warning at 9.25am on Friday about heavy departure traffic at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints due to tailbacks from Malaysia.

ICA has implemented the “No Right Turn” rule for drivers entering Woodlands Checkpoint from Woodlands Centre Road and advised drivers to seek alternative routes (e.g., BKE or Woodlands Road) while maintaining lane discipline and cooperating with traffic control officers.

In a later post, ICA confirmed that on 1 June, close to 250,000 travelers departed Singapore from Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints, marking the highest departure volume since the reopening of the land border.

ICA further warned that heavy traffic and continuous tailbacks from Malaysia’s checkpoints are expected to persist at both land checkpoints.

Meanwhile, a check of traffic conditions on LTA’s One Monitoring website at Friday 2 PM indicated ongoing vehicle queues at the Causeway heading toward Johor Bahru.
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