Thumbprint checks required soon for car drivers, passengers entering Singapore

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SINGAPORE: Thumbprint scanning will soon be extended to all car travellers at the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said today, reported Channel News Asia.

While no definite timeline was given, the ICA said the BioScreen system, which captures the thumbprints of those arriving at and departing from Singapore’s checkpoints, will be progressively implemented at car counters at the two land checkpoints to allow travellers time to become familiar with the new process.

All car travellers aged six and above will be required to undergo the thumbprint scanning.

ICA said with the implementation of BioScreen, travellers may experience longer immigration clearance times.

Drivers and passengers will be required to step out of their car and scan both thumbprints when they seek immigration clearance at the car counters.

ICA said the expansion of the trial will be “monitored closely” and processes adjusted accordingly.

The system was launched in April last year, and since been rolled out to various clearance zones at land checkpoints such as for train and bus travellers, and lorries and goods vehicles.