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ICA demonstrates how cruise passengers are swiftly 'pre-cleared'

1,000 travellers pre-cleared in about 90 minutes without compromising security

Published on Apr 7, 2014 7:22 AM

Sergeant Hizar Zahir regularly has to be crane-lifted onto an oil rig in a metal basket or climb onto a moving ship on a rope ladder.

Being an immigration checkpoints officer is hardly the desk-bound job many people imagine it to be - though perks include getting to see the odd dolphin frolicking in the ocean.

The Straits Times went behind the scenes with Sgt Hizar and four of his colleagues to see how they can "pre-clear" more than 1,000 foreign passengers on a cruise in around 90 minutes - all without compromising security.

On the day in question, they were due to board the 270m-long Superstar Virgo to pre-clear passengers' passports as it entered Singapore's waters.

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