To enhance the level of security at our checkpoints, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has introduced a new BioScreen system to capture the thumbprints of travellers arriving and departing at our checkpoints. This will enable ICA to strengthen its verification of the identities of travellers.
With BioScreen, travellers aged six and above using the manned counters at immigration checkpoints will be required to scan both their thumbprints upon arrival and departure. Since April 2016, the BioScreen system has been introduced progressively at the passenger halls, bus lanes and lorry lanes at our checkpoints. BioScreen clearance for those travelling by motorcycles and cars will be implemented at a later date.
Singapore Citizens and Residents
Singapore citizens and residents who use the enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) or automated clearance lanes for departure and arrival will not be affected by the implementation of BioScreen. Eligible Singaporeans and residents are encouraged to use these automated lanes for immigration clearance. Those who use the manned counters at our checkpoints will be required to provide their thumbprints via the BioScreen system.
All foreign visitors to Singapore will be required to scan their thumbprints each time they arrive and depart Singapore. From August 2016, foreign visitors who have provided their fingerprints via BioScreen on arrival will be able to enjoy a one-time use of our automated self-clearance facility (eIACS) when departing Singapore. No departure immigration endorsement will be endorsed on the passports and embarkation card will not be collected when departing using the automated lane. Foreign visitors who use manned immigration counters will have to go through BioScreen clearance and will have their passports endorsed with departure stamp. Please click here to download guide on how to use the enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS).
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