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Response to “Give option of 32-page passport” (The Straits Times, 14 May 2021)

The Straits Times
19 May 2021

Having fewer pages not cost-effective

We thank Mr Gil Simon Schneider for the suggestion in his letter, “Give option of 32-page passport” (May 14).

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) had earlier conducted a study which found that a 64-page passport meets the needs of the majority of Singaporeans.

Offering different options on the number of passport pages would drive up the cost per passport, due to reduced economies of scale. ICA would be printing passports with different numbers of pages, and each category would be smaller in number, than if we printed only 64-page passports.

In addition, travellers who opt for a passport with fewer pages may need to renew their passport more frequently, should they need to travel more often than they had earlier expected.

We would like to assure Mr Schneider that ICA regularly monitors global passport standards and developments, and ensures that the Singapore passport continues to meet our citizens’ needs.

Patrick Ong
Head, Public Communications & Protocol
Corporate Communications & Service Division
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

<Original Letter>

The Straits Times
14 May 2021

Give option of 32-page passport

That the Singapore passports for adults will have a 10-year validity is great news (S’pore passports applied from October to be valid for 10 years, May 8).

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority should also consider offering an option for passports with 32 pages for those who do not travel frequently, in addition to the current 64-page passports.

This will also result in less paper wastage.

Gil Simon Schneider