No more date stamping on passports of departing foreign travellers from 22 Apr: ICA

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SINGAPORE — Foreign travellers departing Singapore will no longer have their travel documents stamped with departure dates from 22 April, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a media release on Wednesday (17 April).

The ICA said that the move to cease the issuance of such departure immigration endorsements is part of its ongoing efforts to streamline procedures at the checkpoints, and to facilitate more efficient clearance.

Previously, all foreigners departing Singapore would have their passports stamped with the date of their departure by immigration officers at manned counters. This process will cease on 22 April.

Since September 2016, those whose fingerprints have been enrolled via the BioScreen system upon arrival into Singapore are eligible to use automated lanes when they leave Singapore. They do not receive departure immigration endorsements when they use the automated lanes.

The  ICA will inform foreign authorities on the cessation of the departure immigration endorsement. More information is available at ICA’s website.

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