Coming soon: Thumbprint scanning for car travellers at Woodlands, Tuas checkpoints

Traffic entering and leaving Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint. (PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

Car travellers entering and leaving Singapore via the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints will soon have their thumbprints scanned by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

The move comes as the ICA looks to expand the trial of its BioScreen system, which captures thumbprints of visitors arriving at and departing from Singapore’s checkpoints, said the authority in a news release on Monday (25 September).

Thumbprint scanning will be conducted for all car travellers aged six and above. Drivers and their passengers will be required to step out of their vehicles to have their thumbprints scanned when seeking immigration clearance at car counters, the ICA release said.

A graphic explaining the BioScreen process for car travellers using the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints. (Source: ICA)

This BioScreen process will be implemented at car counters progressively to allow travellers time to get accustomed to it. ICA officers will also be on hand to assist and guide travellers.

“With the implementation of BioScreen at car counters, travellers may experience slightly longer immigration clearance time. ICA seeks your understanding and co-operation,” said the ICA.

The BioScreen system was launched in April 2016 and has been rolled out to various clearance zones at our land checkpoints such as for train and bus travellers, as well as lorries and goods vehicles.

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