Singapore to have multi-modal immigration in 2019
12 November 2018 16:03 GMT

Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has said it will deploy a new screening system which uses three biometric identifiers from next April.

The system will use fingerprints, facial and iris because this is more accurate and is useful for travellers with deteriorated fingerprints due to ageing, scarring or genetics, said the ICA.

"With the BioScreen-Multi Modal Biometric Screening System, travellers can be authenticated using any of the three biometric identifiers," the agency said in a statement on Monday (Nov 12), reported Channel NewsAsia.

"This will enable more efficient immigration clearance for travellers who may face difficulties using their fingerprints."

When asked by the news channel if the process will take the same amount of time as current procedures, ICA said: “As part of the trial, we will try to fine-tune the final outcome to achieve a more effective clearance process.” 

The system is being trialled at manual and automated counters at Woodlands, Tuas and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal checkpoints.