SINGAPORE – The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has encouraged returning Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders who have been vaccinated abroad to upload their vaccination certificate on their electronic health declaration card before arrival.
In a statement released on Sunday, November 7, the ICA said the declaration card is part of the SG electronic arrival card and that downloading the certificate will allow their Covid-19 vaccination record to be automatically transmitted and reflected. on the HealthHub or TraceTogether app.
It will also allow them to use the automated lanes on arrival for faster customs clearance.
“This will speed up customs clearance at immigration counters upon arrival, as ICA officers will not have to manually verify the vaccination certificate of these travelers,” the authority said.
He added that those who do not upload their foreign digital vaccination certificate before they arrive will have to go through immigration at manual counters.
The ICA has said that people vaccinated against Covid-19 in Singapore are not required to upload their vaccination certificate to the electronic health declaration card because their vaccination records would have been automatically transmitted to the immigration system of the ‘ICA.
âThey can use the automated lanes for immigration clearance upon arrival,â the ICA said.
This comes as the volume of travelers increases, with the Covid-19 pandemic providing the ICA with an opportunity to accelerate its transformation plans towards further automation of immigration clearance.
The authority noted that by November 9, there will be 12 countries or regions on the Vaccinated Travel Lane program.
Manual endorsement stamps on passports will also be phased out in line with the phased launch of the Electronic Visiting Pass (e-Pass) for foreign visitors, the ICA said.
The e-Pass is issued via an e-mail notification to the declared e-mail address of the visitor.
It contains the details of the granted visit pass, including the maximum length of stay and the last day of authorized stay in Singapore.
The e-Pass has been in place at Changi Airport since October 10 and will be fully operational at all checkpoints in Singapore by December.
An online information portal accessible through the SG Arrival Card portal will also be launched in the same month. It will allow foreign visitors to retrieve information on their e-Pass digitally.
In the meantime, the ICA has advised foreign visitors with questions about their e-Pass to contact the dedicated ICA hotline at 6214-8427.
Other announced measures include manual immigration counters that reduce the need for ICA officers to manage travelers’ passports during immigration clearance to mitigate the transmission of Covid-19, as well as a switch from fingerprints to iris and facial biometrics.
The ICA said the redesigned manual immigration counters at Changi Airport Terminal 4, which serves flights from high-risk countries and regions, will allow travelers to scan their passports themselves before their agents do not assess travelers’ eligibility for entry.
He also said iris patterns and facial features have replaced fingerprints as the primary biometric identifiers for immigration clearance.
All automated lanes and manual immigration counters in passenger lobbies at Singapore air, land and sea checkpoints have been equipped with iris and face scanners since July.
“In addition to being more reliable than fingerprints for identity authentication, the use of irises and facial scanners has enabled contactless immigration clearance that is more hygienic, convenient and efficient,” said the ICA.