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Fingerprinting of foreign visitors may start in 2017

Move will speed up immigration clearance, boost border security: ICA

Published on May 19, 2014 7:49 AM
An immigration clearance checkpoint in Changi Airport. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Singapore may soon join a small number of countries worldwide that ask visitors to have their fingerprints taken when they arrive.

The immigration authorities are considering setting up self-service kiosks to capture the fingerprints of foreigners arriving at Changi Airport's new Terminal 4 when it opens in 2017.

The move will speed up immigration clearance and strengthen border security, according to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority's (ICA) new operational plan, which The Straits Times obtained last week.

When contacted, the ICA confirmed the move, saying it "constantly reviews and refines" its processes to use technology to make immigration clearance faster and more efficient.

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