Singapore passport renewals down with travel unlikely amid Covid-19

New passports are issued when an existing one has expired or is going to expire.
New passports are issued when an existing one has expired or is going to expire.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging in many parts of the world and the possibility of mass international travel looking increasingly unlikely for this year, fewer Singaporeans renewed their passports or applied for new ones last year.

A total of 320,709 passports were issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) last year, compared with 711,617 passports issued in 2019 - a sharp drop of more than 50 per cent.

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