From Apr 22, all stamps of departure dates on travel documents will cease to be issued to foreign travelers leaving Singapore, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said today. As part of its ongoing efforts to streamline procedures at checkpoints and ensure a smoother and more efficient departure immigration clearance, visitors no longer need to have their passports stamped at manned counters.
Since Sept 2016, travelers whose fingerprints have been enrolled into the BioScreen system upon arrival have been given the green light to use automated lanes when they depart the country. Those who choose to do so will not receive departure immigration endorsements. This will now be extended to all foreigners leaving Singapore from next week onwards.
The ICA said it would inform foreign authorities on the cessation of the departure immigration endorsement.
Earlier this week, the ICA also announced the start of a six-month trial using iris and facial recognition for immigration clearance at the Tuas Checkpoint. It’s all part of the country’s move towards a more hassle-free travel experience.