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All foreigners entering Singapore on short-term passes will no longer have their passports stamped.
Instead, they will receive electronic visitor passes (e-Passes).
This is part of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) efforts to provide “safer, more secure and transparent immigration control” as Singapore gradually reopens its borders, the official said. agency in a press release on March 12.
e-Pass offers greater convenience
The e-Passes were first issued at Changi Airport in October 2021, but their issuance was gradually extended to all checkpoints from March 11.
Mentions of short-term passes inked on passports will gradually cease.
e-Passes will be issued to the email address foreign visitors declared in the SG arrival card after clearing immigration.
It will contain the details of the pass granted, including the maximum number of day(s) of stay and the last day of stay permitted in Singapore.
The e-Pass will ensure that foreign visitors no longer need to worry about running out of pages for immigration stamps in their passports.
Retrieving their e-Pass information can also be done conveniently, via the ICA e-Pass application portal on the SG Arrival Card e-Service platform.
Foreign visitors simply need to enter the Disembarkation / Embarkation (DE) number issued to them through the portal after submitting their SG Arrival Card application.
Proxy email address for family members without an email account
The ICA reminded overseas visitors to obtain a valid Singapore visa and corresponding entry clearances before entering Singapore.
They must also present their SG Arrival Card within three days of the date of arrival in Singapore.
As the e-Pass will be sent to the email address listed on the SG Arrival Card, overseas visitors are reminded to provide an accurate and valid email address in their SG Arrival Card submission.
Additionally, foreign visitors can provide a proxy email address on behalf of their family members who do not have an email account.
The e-Pass is part of the ICA’s New Customs Clearance Concept (NCC), which will automate customs clearance for all travellers.
The NCC will be operational at all checkpoints from 2023.
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