Launch of programme to facilitate quicker immigration clearance for Singapore and US citizens

Travellers clearing customs and immigration at Changi Airport in Singapore in 2014.
Travellers clearing customs and immigration at Changi Airport in Singapore in 2014.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singaporean and United States citizens can now clear immigration more swiftly at major checkpoints in both countries, with the launch of a new programme.

On Monday (June 27), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority announced the United States-Singapore Trusted Traveller Programme (TTP).

This bilateral initiative will allow eligible citizens from both countries to enjoy quicker immigration clearance via automated clearance facilities at major traveller checkpoints.

With the TTP, both countries hope to enhance trade, business and tourism links.

The Global Entry Programme (GEP), which is part of the US's Trusted Traveller Programme, offers eligible applicants expedited clearance at selected US airports.

Singapore passport holders who meet the eligibility criteria may apply online via the GEP website at www.cbp.gov.

After an application has been submitted and processed, successful applicants will receive a notification to schedule an in-person interview at a Global Entry Enrolment Centre.

They can schedule the interview on Wednesdays at the US Embassy here.

US passport holders will be eligible to apply for the use of automated clearance immigration clearance facilities in Singapore.

US passport holders aged six and above who meet eligibility criteria may apply online at the ICA website.