The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore had launched a three-month trial for this all-new paperless system on October 4, 2018 with the goal of reducing the use of paper and making the immigration screening much quicker. According to them, this system can potentially save up to 48 Million cards annually.
The Electronic Arrival Cards are set to be a digital replacement of Disembarkation and Embarkation Cards. With it, travelers can submit their personal data and flight details through the ICA website before flying to Singapore. In doing so, travelers can simply show their passports for clearance at immigration and be good to go. The system can even save any previous information you have entered for your next visit.
This is just one of the many efforts of Singapore to become a more environmentally-conscious country.
Currently, the system is being employed at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, Changi Airport, and the four cruise and ferry terminals (Singapore Cruise Centre, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Changi Point Ferry Terminal, and Changi Ferry Terminal).
Travelers who arrive at these places and have yet to fill up their Disembarkation or Embarkation Cards may be approached by ICA officers to participate in the trial and give feedback in order to make the system as efficient and as user-friendly as possible.
Many of you would have heard that ICA will be launching an electronic arrival card…
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