Arrival cards go digital for foreigners entering Singapore

Photo: Connected to India
Photo: Connected to India

Foreigners entering Singapore will be able to fill in an electronic arrival card instead of the paper-based version used so far.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has been conducting a trial for digital arrival cards since October 2018. The ICA has announced that the trial will be extended with the launch of the beta version of the “SG Arrival Card” e-Service on the ICA website and mobile application. 

As part of this trial, foreign visitors travelling via selected transport operators can submit their electronic arrival card up to 14 days ahead of their arrival in Singapore. These transport operators include airlines such as AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. Visitors arriving via coach operator Transtar Travel and ferry operators – BatamFast Ferries, Bintan Resort Ferries, Horizon Fast Ferry, and Majestic Fast Ferry – are also eligible to use the digital arrival card. 

ICA is aiming for the electronic arrival card to completely replace the paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card by 2021. 

Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Correspondent

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. An active Yoga practitioner and cat lover, with a background in Indian philosophy, subaltern and diaspora studies.