In case you didn’t know, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Singapore (ICA) just released a statement saying that they are launching a three-month trial of an electronic arrival card, which will slowly replace the existing disembarkation/embarkation card.
Tourists and foreign travelers have to fill up a paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card upon arrival in Singapore. This card will hold all the traveler’s important information, including their flight and accommodation details.
It is learned that the ICA has decided to introduce the electronic arrival card in order to reduce the hassle of filling up the form at the airport.
Source: Yahoo News
The new system is really easy!
All travelers will need to submit their personal information and trip details via the ICA website or mobile app before arriving in Singapore.
Then, upon arrival at the airport, they will only need to produce their passports for the immigration clearance and the electronic arrival card will be ‘called up’ by the ICA.
The ICA will first pilot a trial for three months starting today, October 4, 2018, before fully implementing the system. This is to ensure that the implementation of the new electronic card will be smooth.
Source: Today Online
The trial will be piloted at almost all of the air, land, and sea checkpoints:
► Woodlands checkpoints
► Tuas checkpoints
► Changi Airport
► Singapore Cruise Centre
► Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
► Changi Point Ferry Terminal
► Changi Ferry Terminal
However, Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders (students and workers) who are returning to Singapore will not be affected by the trial as they don’t need to submit the disembarkation/embarkation card.
Source: Channel NewsAsia
This new initiative is a step towards ICA’s vision of paperless immigration and better operational efficiency. They intend to save up to 48 million paper-based disembarkation/embarkation cards per year through the implementation of this new system.
We hope that Singapore’s endeavour into implementing electronic arrival cards will be successful! This will make it so easy to travel in and out of Singapore!