ICA Implements New Electronic Arrival Card System for Singapore Travellers

Singapore travellers would now have to apply for an electronic arrival card before entering the country.

The card acts as an embark and disembarking pass throughout their entire stay, including flight and accommodation details.

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Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) is seeking to achieve a paperless immigration and improve operational efficiency through this project.

It will kick-off with a 3-month pilot to ensure a smooth transition from the manual system to the electronic system completely.

The success of its implementation will see a significant reduction in its current production of physical cards of up to 48 million units annually.

How It Works:

  1. Visit ica.gov.sg or download the mobile app before embarking on the journey
  2. Fill in personal details and trip details
  3. Submit the form

Upon arrival, travellers will only need to present their passports at the immigration counter before a clearance check is run by ICA’s system.

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The new card system will not affect Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders (eg. students, workers) returning to the country.

All land, air, and sea checkpoints included in the trial are as follows:


  • Woodlands (All)
  • Tuas (All)


  • Changi Airport


  • Singapore Cruise Centre


  • Tanah Merah Ferry
  • Changi Point Ferry
  • Changi Ferry

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