To boost security at the borders, thumbprint scanning will soon be extended to all car travellers at the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints.
Releasing a press statement, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said today, “The BioScreen system, which captures the thumbprints of those arriving at and departing from Singapore's checkpoints, will be progressively implemented at car counters at the two land checkpoints. This will allow travellers time to become familiar with the new process.”
BioScreen clearance involving thumbprint scanning will be required for car travellers aged six and above.
“The driver and passengers will be required to step out of their car and scan both thumbprints when they seek immigration clearance at the car counters”, said ICA.
It added, “With the implementation of BioScreen at car counters, travellers may experience slightly longer immigration clearance time.”
ICA officers will assist and guide travellers on the use of BioScreen. They will monitor closely the expansion of the trial of the BioScreen system for car travellers and adjust processes accordingly.
ICA said, “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.”
Launched in April in 2016, the system has been rolled out to various clearance zones at land checkpoints such as for train and bus travellers, and lorries and goods vehicles.