Foreigners departing Singapore will not have passports stamped from April 22 [TODAY Online]

The decision is part of an ongoing effort to streamline procedures at the checkpoints.


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From April 22, foreign travellers will no longer need to get their passports stamped when they depart Singapore.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced on Wednesday (April 17) that the decision is part of an ongoing effort to streamline procedures at the checkpoints.

To facilitate more “efficient departure immigration clearance”, the authority said that it will stop issuing departure immigration endorsements, which include stamps of departure dates on travel documents.

Previously, all foreigners departing Singapore would have their passports stamped with the date of their departure by the immigration officer at the manned counters.

The ICA said that since September 2016, foreign travellers whose fingerprints are enrolled via the BioScreen system upon their arrival into Singapore are eligible to use automated lanes when they leave Singapore.

“They do not receive departure immigration endorsements when they use the automated lanes,” added the authority.

The ICA said it will inform other foreign authorities on the cessation of the departure immigration endorsement.

More information is available at ICA’s website.

Source: TODAY Online


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