If you’re planning to travel in and out of Singapore by car in the near future, you’ll need to scan your thumbprints at the immigration checkpoints.
The city state’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will reportedly be implementing thumbprint scanning using the BioScreen system to capture the thumbprints of those arriving at and departing from the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints.
According to a news report by Channel News Asia
, the thumbprint scanning is compulsory
for all car travellers aged six and above.
The drivers and passengers will be required to step out of their vehicles and scan both of their thumbprints at the immigration checkpoint’s car counters.
But this new system may take up some of your time, so be prepared for the longer time it will take in your travels when it comes to immigration clearance.
“Security at our checkpoints is ICA’s top priority. The BioScreen system is an important measure in this regard, as it enables ICA’s verification of travellers’ identities to be more robust,” ICA said, as quoted by Channel News Asia.
This system was first launched in April last year at various land checkpoints, namely for train and bus travellers, as well as lorries and goods vehicles.