My heart began to pounded when “Malay Woman” closed my passport. “Follow our staff to office”, yup I got random checking. My habit when entering Singapore immigration is always choosing queue line that is handled by Malay descendants. I just feel comfortable. But at that time, the facts are different … hehehe
Passed through the special lane, I was directed to 2nd floor of Woodlands Immigration. I had to stand outside because of full inspection inside until the Indian descent staff gave a sign for me to entered the room but still stood.
At that time I deliberately entered Johor Bahru through Tuas Immigration and left it through Woodlands Immigration. So I could know the difference of both.
Actually I didn’t scared as I imagined because I’ve experienced more severe random checking at Busan Immigration. The female officer only asked me: my flight ticket to home, hotel booking, where did I work and who was my travelmate (for this case, I deliberately prepared my business card and ID Card). After that I was asked to waited and then I was investigated by another younger officer. He only asked how much money that I brought. And last I must headed to another officer for fingerprinting and passport stamps.
My passport was placed on a small passport rack, 5 minutes later a young policeman arrived and only took 10 passports from it and called every name of passport holders, I was one of them. I was taken with 9 other tourists to elevator. Actually elevator was only enough for 10 people, I just realized why the young policeman just called 10 names.
After getting off the elevator I immediately waited for Causeway link 2 (CW2) bus to entering Singapore. CW2 bus that took me to Woodlands Immigration from Johor Baru have departed because it might not wait for me to be investigated. But I didn’t worry because I could catch other CW2 with my pass ticket to went to final destination on Queen Street, Bugis.
“Zanky” was very happy when entering Singapore
Observing two borders, it can be seen that Tuas border is slightly easier and didn’t crowded. When I crossed out to Johor Bahru on a day before, it was clear that many people quickly entered Singapore without queuing. Also according to a JPO2 bus driver (route bus for Mall of Medini to Johor Premium Outlet), if you want to easily and quickly enter Singapore it is recommended through Tuas Checkpoint.
Tuas Checkpoint Situation
For You who intend to try the two checkpoints, be prepare to enrich your traveling experience and just enjoy every process that will occur. If you get random checking, then facing calmly and of course you will be mastery on facing many problems when you are going abroad.