Singapore reveals “Breeze-Through” immigration clearance trial
15 April 2019 09:24 GMT

Singapore's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is conducting a six-month trial for a new contactless immigration clearance system at Tuas Checkpoint. The trial has commenced on 8 April 2019 using one of the automated arrival lanes in the bus hall at Tuas Checkpoint.

The authority said in a statement that this new immigration clearance system provides a hassle-free clearance experience for travellers, using their iris and facial images for clearance. With this new system, the traveller will not be required to present his or her thumbprint nor passport for immigration clearance at the automated lane. The identity of the traveller is verified through iris and facial images in lieu of the thumbprint and passport.  Back-end, the system will verify if the identified traveller holds a valid passport.  

 Singaporean travellers will be the first to benefit from this initiative.

""The contactless immigration system will enhance operational efficiency, yet maintain our high standards of traveller identity verification and security, and is a significant step towards ICA’s vision of an efficient and hassle-free immigration clearance experience using biometric solutions. "

Singapore citizens aged six and above who are holding passports can take part, with numbers beginning with the letter K and issued after 1 January 2018 will be eligible for the trial. Eligible citizens are encouraged to participate in this trial, which will help ICA to improve the system. No prior sign-up is required; they simply have to proceed to clear immigration at the automated lane designated for the trial upon return home at Tuas Checkpoint.

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