Woodlands Train Checkpoint
KTM Intercity inter-city rail checkpoint
Woodlands railway station is Singapore's only train checkpoint
|Address||1 Woodlands Centre Road, Woodlands, Singapore 739038|
|Line(s)||North-South Line (KTM Intercity).|
|Platforms||1 side platform.|
|Opened||10 April 1903|
|Rebuilt||1 August 1998|
|Owned by||Keretapi Tanah Melayu, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Royal Malaysian Customs|
Woodlands Train Checkpoint (abbreviated as WTCP, formerly Woodlands railway station) is a train checkpoint in Woodlands, Singapore (since 1 July 2011) tri-owned by Keretapi Tanah Melayu, the Malaysian rail operator, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore and the Royal Malaysian Customs (Kastam Diraja Malaysia). Opened as a railway station in the 1920s and renamed Kranji by 1958, it was rebuilt from 1992 to 1997 and reopened as the Singapore immigration checkpoint for rail passengers in 1999. The original 1903 Woodlands station was a terminus adjacent to a jetty some way to the east of the causeway.
Originally there were no boarding facilities, as northbound passengers heading towards Malaysia were required to clear Malaysian Customs and Immigration at Tanjong Pagar railway station in central Singapore. However, southbound passengers could disembark after clearing Singapore Customs and Immigration, as they had already cleared Malaysian Immigration at Johor Bahru railway station.
Since 1 July 2011 WTCP has been the southern terminus of the Malaysian rail network, following the agreement to close Tanjong Pagar railway station.
Border control issues
Until 1998, both Malaysia and Singapore had their customs and immigration facilities for rail passengers at Tanjong Pagar railway station. Singapore decided to relocate its customs and immigration facilities to Woodlands despite Malaysia's unwillingness to relocate the Tanjong Pagar railway station according to the Malaysia–Singapore Points of Agreement of 1990. The ICA ceased operations at Tanjong Pagar and moved into the WTCP on 1 August 1998.
While providing immigration facilities for southbound passengers at Johor Bahru, Malaysian Customs and Immigration for northbound passengers remained at Tanjong Pagar, refusing to relocate to either Woodlands or Johor Bahru. This peculiarity resulted in passengers travelling to Malaysia being granted entry to Malaysia before being granted exit from Singapore, which is contrary to international practice. To circumvent the problem, Malaysian Immigration officers in Tanjong Pagar did not stamp passports, instead scanning them into a computer system and providing a stamped embarkation/disembarkation card, to be retained until leaving Malaysia. This still posed problems for some visitors when leaving Malaysia due to the lack of a physical endorsement in their passports, especially for those who lost the card while in Malaysia.
The border control issues were resolved following the agreement to relocate Tanjong Pagar railway station along with the Malaysian Customs and Immigration to WTCP by 1 July 2011.