Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced today that it is currently trialing a new contactless immigration clearance system at Tuas Checkpoint, which began on April 8.
The new system is able to identify travelers through iris and facial scans, without the need for thumbprints or passports.
To allow easy detection, travelers are not allowed to wear sunglasses, hats, or other head gear that will block their faces from being scanned.
Singapore citizens aged six and above whose passports begin with the letter K and issued after 1 Jan 2018 will be eligible for the trial.
No prior sign-up is required, and eligible citizens are encouraged to participate in the trial to help improve the system.
“The contactless immigration system will enhance operational efficiency, yet maintain our high standards of traveler 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,” said ICA in a statement.
ICA had previously announced that it was testing iris scanning technology at Woodlands Checkpoint, Tuas Checkpoint and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in August last year.
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