Since last October 4, Singapore has began the trial of the new electronic arrival cards. Foreign visitors will be able to fill out their details and trip information prior to their arrival.
Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore will not be affected.
This will go on a three-month trial run at the Changi Airport, the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, and the four ferry/cruise terminals: Singapore Cruise Centre, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Changi Point Ferry Terminal and Changi Ferry Terminal.
Upon official launch, visitors will only need to present their passport at the immigration counter. For now, only those approached by ICA officers will be able to participate in the trail run.
The new system will not only increase efficiency and reduce waste, but it will also save up to $48 million on costs in a year.
Once proven successful, the paperless system will replace the traditional cards.
How it works:
1. Before the flight/arrival in Singapore, foreign travelers will have to visit the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s website or mobile app where they will find the electronic cards.
2. Fill in all personal details and necessary information.
3. Present passport at the immigration counter.
4. The immigration officer will be able to view the arrival card in their system.
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