Foreigners departing Singapore will not have passports stamped

Foreigners departing Singapore will not have passports stamped

Foreign travellers departing Singapore from Monday will no longer need to get their passports stamped. (TODAY photo)
Foreign travellers departing Singapore from Monday will no longer need to get their passports stamped. (TODAY photo)

SINGAPORE: From April 22, foreign travellers will no longer need to get their passports stamped when they depart Singapore.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced on Wednesday that the decision is part of an ongoing effort to streamline procedures at the checkpoints, TODAY reported.

To facilitate more “efficient departure immigration clearance”, the authority said that it will stop issuing departure immigration endorsements, which include stamps of departure dates on travel documents.

Previously, all foreigners departing Singapore had their passports stamped with the date of their departure by an immigration officer at the manned counters.

The ICA said that since September 2016, foreign travellers whose fingerprints are enrolled via the BioScreen system upon their arrival into Singapore have been eligible to use automated lanes when they leave Singapore.

“They do not receive departure immigration endorsements when they use the automated lanes,” added the authority.

The ICA said it will inform other foreign authorities on the cessation of the departure immigration endorsement.

More information is available at ICA’s website.


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