Singapore passport gets new security features

The new design for the Singapore passport. (Photo: ICA)

The Singapore passport has been re-designed to have additional security features, announced the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Thursday (26 October).

The new passport design will come with new visa page designs and additional security features that make the passport harder to forge or be tampered with, said ICA in a news release.

The new design includes two new security features, said ICA. The first is an image of the passport holder inside the window, which can be viewed as a positive or negative portrait when tilted and viewed in transmitted light. The second is a surface transformation design in the shape of the national flower, which displays reflective light and animation effects at different angles.

ICA has also enhanced the following features to provide additional security:
– The Multiple Laser Image in the shape of the Singapore map
– An improved Diffractive Optically Variable Image Device design that has an achromatic effect when tilted at different angles
– An embossed tactile design

In addition, the visa pages will feature new designs depicting six of Singapore’s iconic landmarks – the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Esplanade, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Sports Hub and Punggol New Town, added ICA.

Singapore citizens with existing valid passports will not need to replace their passports.

Applicants whose passport applications are received by ICA from 21 October 2017 onwards will be issued with passports with the new design. These passports will be available for collection from 30 October onwards.

Earlier this week, the Singapore passport topped a global ranking index, marking the first time an Asian country has the “most powerful passport in the world”, according to the Global Passport Power Rank of 2017.

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