Singapore plans to allow all foreign visitors to clear immigration using automated checkpoint lanes without the need for prior enrollment.

Key Points

  • The next generation of Singapore’s Automated Border Control System (ABCS) will allow all foreign visitors, regardless of nationality, to clear immigration by using automated lanes at checkpoints.
  • The plan is expected to go into effect in the second half of 2024.
  • Foreign visitors will not need to pre-register before entering Singapore or present passports when they leave.

Background: Currently, the automated lanes are available only to Singapore residents and passport holders from 60 jurisdictions. The system, which launched in 2020, utilizes multi-modal biometrics that record travelers’ iris, facial and fingerprint information. An additional 230 automated lanes are scheduled for completion this year.

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