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Changi Airport to Introduce Passport-Free Immigration Clearance

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Singapore’s Changi Airport is planning to implement automated immigration clearance, allowing passengers to travel without passports starting from 2024. Government officials have announced that biometric data will be used for this purpose.

During a parliamentary session on Monday, Singapore’s Communications Minister Josephine Teo unveiled the plans, which also included several revisions to the country’s Immigration Act.

Biometrics to Serve as Single Token

Biometric data, including facial recognition software, will enable passengers to travel without the need for physical passports.

While Changi Airport already utilizes biometric technology at automated lanes in immigration checkpoints, these upcoming changes will aim to reduce the need for passengers to continually present their travel documents at different checkpoints, leading to more seamless and convenient processing at the airport.

As part of the passport-free immigration clearance system at Changi Airport, biometric data will be utilized to create a “single token of authentication” that can be used at multiple automated touch points, including bag drops, immigration clearance, and boarding. This innovation aims to eliminate the need for physical travel documents like boarding passes and passports.

It is important to note that although Singapore is introducing this technology, passports will still be required for travel to many countries outside of Singapore that do not have passport-free clearance systems in place, emphasized Minister Josephine Teo.

Scaling New Heights of Passenger Traffic and Expansion

Changi Airport in Singapore, renowned as one of the world’s best airports and a major transportation hub, serves over 100 airlines that connect to around 400 cities in approximately 100 countries and territories worldwide.

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the airport experienced a significant milestone in June, surpassing 5 million passenger movements for the first time since January 2020.

Currently comprising four terminals, Changi Airport has plans for expansion, including the construction of a fifth terminal to accommodate the growing number of travelers.

With aspirations of returning to pre-pandemic levels of passenger and air traffic, Changi Airport is optimistic that its upcoming biometric system will contribute to smoother passenger flows and enhanced travel experiences.

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