January 31, 2016 -
Starting in June, all travellers entering Singapore by land, air or sea will have their fingerprints taken.
According to statements made to Parliament by Singapore Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Lee, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority will be capturing the fingerprints of anyone who enters Singapore at its air, land and sea checkpoints as part of its plans to beef up border security.
The fingerprint scans will allow the immigration authorities to “verify the traveller’s identity before he is allowed entry into Singapore and will facilitate automated self-clearance during his departure”, said Mr Lee.
More than half a million people pass through Singapore’s checkpoints every day, with the Woodlands checkpoint being the busiest land checkpoint in the world.
“Border control is therefore our first line of defence to prevent an attack from taking place in Singapore,” Lee added.