Automated lanes will be set aside for Singaporeans and PRs at border checkpoints

Say hooray to shorter queues, to be completed in the second half of 2024

Mingli Seet
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Mingli Seet
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According to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s announcement earlier this month, all foreign visitors, regardless of nationality, will be able to clear immigration at air, land, and sea checkpoints using automated lanes from the second half of 2024. To make things even better for Singaporeans and PRs, there will be dedicated automated lanes set aside specially for us at border checkpoints, aiming to minimise waiting times in queues.

Enrolment for the lane beforehand is not needed. There will also be no need to present passports when leaving Singapore. At present, access to these lanes is limited to Singapore residents and foreign visitors from 60 designated countries.

Eventually, ICA plans to have approximately 800 Automated Border Control System (ABCS) lanes installed at Singapore’s air and land checkpoints. This plan to replace the existing manual counters at all checkpoints with automated lanes will start from the first quarter of this year. 


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