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How to ruin a day out in Singapore?

By on May 23, 2015 in Malaysia, Singapore

The best way to ruin a day out in Singapore is to live in Malaysia, drive in to Singapore, and then try to get back in to Malaysia…

The problem is immigration and customs. I have nothing against immigration and customs, but the immigration and customs on the Malaysia/Singapore boarder is crazily unpredictable. Some days you can get across the border in less than 30 minutes, and on other days it will take 3 to 4 hours. Admittedly if you go during rush hour (early morning, around 7 – 9 am, or late evening, 5 pm – 7 pm) it will take a long time to get across the border, but at other times it can be mid-morning, early afternoon and there will be massive queues, there just seems to be no pattern to it.

Getting in to Singapore in the morning wasn’t too bad. Their were minor queues on the Malaysian side.

Traffic in to Singapore from Malaysia

Traffic in to Singapore from Malaysia

But the bridge over was quite clear, and traffic moved freely at the Singapore terminal.

Road between Malaysia and Singapore

Road between Malaysia and Singapore

However, coming back in the evening! There were minor queues at Singapore, and then as I came over the bridge it was solid all the Malaysian border. I could see how bad it was by looking at Waze.

3 hour traffic jam to get to Immigration at the Malaysian border

3 hour traffic jam to get to Immigration at the Malaysian border

And I could see the queue going on and on…

The start of a very long traffic jam...

The start of a very long traffic jam…

Will this never end?

And the traffic just keeps on backing up...

And the traffic just keeps on backing up…

It got dark and we still queued…

Night - about 2 hours in to the traffic jam to get to Immigration at the Malaysian border

Night – about 2 hours in to the traffic jam to get to Immigration at the Malaysian border

And on it went…

And the queue continues...

And the queue continues…

Finally after nearly 3 hours I got to the border to discover that less than 50% of the processing booths were open. Nuts!

My day out in Singapore was ruined by the experience of trying to get home.

My advice? Don’t drive in to Singapore from Malaysia unless you absolutely have to…

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