Tuas Checkpoint Vs Woodlands Checkpoint, Singapore

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.

Peta Tuas dan Woodlands

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.

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“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.

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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.

Tuas Checkpoint Vs Woodlands Checkpoint, Singapura

Tak dipungkiri hatiku mulai berdebar ketika “Wanita Melayu” itu menutup pasporku. “Follow our staff to Office”, yup random checking. Kebiasaanku ketika memasuki imigrasi Singapura adalah selalu memilih jalur antrian yang dihandle oleh petugas keturunan Melayu. Aku merasa nyaman saja. Tetapi kali ini faktanya berbeda….hehehe

Memasuki jalur khusus, Aku diarahkan ke lantai 2 Imigrasi Woodlands. Aku harus berdiri di luar ruangan karena penuhnya pemeriksaan hingga lelaki keturunan India itu memberikan isyarat untuk masuk kedalam tapi tetap berdiri.

Waktu itu Aku sengaja memasuki Johor Bahru melalui Imigrasi Tuas dan meninggalkannya melalui Imigrasi Woodlands. Dengan begitu Aku bisa merasakan perbedaan kedua pos imigrasi itu.

Peta Tuas dan Woodlands

Sebetulnya Aku tidak setakut yang dibayangkan karena Aku pernah mengalami hal yang lebih parah di Imigrasi Busan (Lihat tulisanku: Ketatnya Imigrasi Busan). Opsir perempuan hanya menanyaiku : tiket pesawat pulang, menginap dimana, kerja dimana, jalan sama siapa, dan kerja dimana (untuk hal ini aku sengaja siapkan business card dan KTP). Setelah itu Aku diminta menunggu dan dipanggil kembali oleh opsir lain yang lebih muda, Dia hanya menanyakan bawa uang berapa. Karena uang yang kubawa difikirnya cukup barulah aku dipanggil ke opsir lain untuk pengambilan sidik jari dan stempel paspor.

Paspor kemudian diletakkan di rak paspor kecil, ternyata 5 menit kemudian ada polisi muda datang dan hanya mengambil 10 paspor saja dari rak itu lalu menyebut nama-nama pemilik paspor, Aku salah satunya. Dibawalah Aku bersama 9 turis lain menuju lift. Ternyata lift memang hanya cukup untuk 10 orang, aku baru ngeh kenapa polisi muda itu Cuma panggil 10 nama.

Selepas turun dari lift Aku segera menunggu bus Causeway link 2 (CW2) untuk memasuki Singapura. Bus CW2 yang membawaku masuk Woodlands Immigration dari Johor Baru tentu sudah ngacir duluan karena ga mungkin menunggu Aku diperiksa. Tapi Aku tak perlu khawatir karena bebas naik CW2 manapun untuk menuju tujuan akhir di Queen Street, Bugis.

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“Si Zanky” sumringah memasuki Singapura

Melihat kedua perbatasan, terlihat bahwa perbatasan Tuas sedikit lebih longgar dan tidak crowded. Ketika Aku melintas keluar menuju Johor Bahru sehari sebelumnya terlihat jelas banyak orang memasuki Singapore dengan cepat tanpa antrian. Pun menurut driver bus JPO2 (jurusan Mall of Medini-Johor Premium Outlet), kalau mau mudah dan cepat memasuki Singapore disarankan melalui Tuas Checkpoint.

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Suasana Tuas Checkpoint

Buat Kamu yang berniat mencoba kedua checkpoint itu maka bersiaplah memperkaya pengalaman traveling Kamu dan nikmati saja setiap proses yang akan terjadi. Apabila mendapat random checking maka hadapi dengan tenang dan tentu Kamu akan semakin mahir menghadapi setiap masalah ketika berada di negeri orang.