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The trial of electronic arrival cards has spread to more Singapore visitors



SINGAPORE: More visitors to Singapore will be able to submit electronic arrival tickets as the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) launches a beta version of its SG Arrival Card e-service on Wednesday (August 14th).

The service, available on the ICA website and as a mobile app, allows visitors traveling through selected carriers to submit electronic tickets for arrival up to 14 days before arriving in Singapore.

The carriers involved in this trial are: AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Transtar Travel, BatamFast Ferry, Bintan Resort Ferries, Horizon Fast Ferry and Majestic Fast Ferry.

READ: Singapore will replace paper tickets for foreign visitors with an electronic version

Visitors traveling to these carriers and submitting electronic tickets for arrival before arriving in Singapore will only have to make their own passports for immigration clearance, without having to fill out paper tickets for arrival.

"Mobile app users will have the ability to scan bio passport pages and will enjoy the convenience of not having to enter information manually," the ICA said in a statement.

"The mobile app will also store previously submitted information for use on subsequent trips to Singapore."

Screenshot of the SG Arrival Card mobile application

Screenshot of the SG Arrival Card mobile application. (Image: ICA)

Foreign visitors arriving in Singapore without completing a physical disembarkation / embarkation ticket are allowed to submit an electronic ticket for arrival at the checkpoint at a trial conducted by the ICA since October last year.

The survey did not include Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders.

Electronic arrival tickets will completely replace paper versions by 2021. "ICA will study the results of this trial and gradually extend the SG Arrival Card service to foreign visitors," authorities said, adding more details would be released later.

READ: Foreigners leaving Singapore will no longer have their passports stamped

The ICA announced in April that foreign travelers would no longer have a stamped passport when leaving for Singapore as a way to streamline processes and speed up customs clearance of immigration.

Passengers who enroll fingerprints on BioScreen upon arrival are eligible to use automated lanes when they leave Singapore. This was extended to all foreigners leaving Singapore on April 22nd.


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