Connect with us


Singapore’s Changi airport to introduce passport-free travel in 2024


Singapore's Changi airport

Singapore’s Changi Airport, renowned as one of the world’s best airports, is set to revolutionize travel with the introduction of automated immigration clearance starting in 2024.

This groundbreaking system will eliminate the need for multiple passport and boarding pass checks, relying instead on cutting-edge biometric technology and facial recognition.

Communications Minister Josephine Teo announced these upcoming changes during a parliamentary session where amendments to Singapore’s Immigration Act were passed. Biometrics, including facial recognition, are already in use at Changi Airport’s automated lanes in immigration checkpoints.

MORE READING!  NSCDC probe officers' assault on journalist

The new system aims to provide a seamless and convenient travel experience by using biometric data to generate a single digital “token”. This token will serve as a digital representation of the traveler’s identity.

This token will be used at various automated touchpoints, from baggage drops to immigration clearance and boarding.

However, it’s important to note that passports will still be required for countries that do not offer passport-free clearance.

MORE READING!  Oyo assembly halts fresh election for Iyaloja-General

Changi Airport, known for its exceptional service and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best airports, serves over 100 airlines, connecting to approximately 400 cities in nearly 100 countries.

The airport is set to expand with the addition of a fifth terminal to accommodate the growing number of travelers.

The introduction of this biometric system is expected to enhance passenger flow and efficiency, supporting Changi Airport’s goal of returning to pre-pandemic levels of passenger and air traffic while ensuring security and a positive clearance experience.

MORE READING!  FG releases, empowers 11 Enugu prison inmates