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Heavy traffic jams at land border crossings marked the start of school holidays in September, with some drivers saying they were stuck in traffic jams for six hours.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) posted a recommendation on Wednesday (August 31) that traffic flow through land checkpoints has returned to pre-Covid-19 levels.

From August 26th to 28th, more than 313,000 visitors passed through immigration at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints each day.

Many families decided to start their holiday in Johor early due to traffic jam early on Friday (September 2nd).

Photo: FB screengrab/ICA/Hestiana Fadhilah

Travelers quickly confirmed in multiple online posts that the tailback from the checkpoint stretched for several kilometers.

Netizens took to Facebook to urge the Malaysian Immigration Department to open more counters to speed up the process.

“I was stuck for hours, but it’s become the norm these days. Please reconsider immigration and try to open more counters in real life, not just the media. Old folds, kids and Women are suffering,” said a member of the Facebook group Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossing, who tagged Malaysian politician Ong Hafiz Ghazi.

8 world news reported that some drivers trying to cross the border were stuck in traffic jams for six hours.

They also added that only three or four immigration counters were operating on the Johor side, causing further delays.

Traffic at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex of Sultan Iskanda was similarly heavy.

Photo: FB screengrab/Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossers(MSBC)

Departure traffic was already heavy at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, ICA posted on Facebook at 5:25 am on Saturday (September 3).

“Due to expected delays, travelers are advised to check traffic conditions before embarking on a trip. Motorists are reminded to maintain lane discipline and cooperate with on-site police officers. Please follow ICA Facebook for the latest information,” said ICA./TISG.

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