HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Faster immigration clearance for British travellers in Singapore launched

Enrolment for the Frequent Traveller Programme is free.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has extended the Frequent Traveller Programme (FTP) to eligible holders of UK passports and all holders of the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) starting 13 June, an announcement revealed.

This will enable British citizens to use the automated immigration clearance facilities, also known as the enhanced immigration automated clearance system (eIACS) at Singapore’s checkpoints.

UK nationals who wish to apply for Singapore’s FTP must be aged six and above, and hold a passport with more than six months’ validity. They must also have visited Singapore at least twice in the past two years. All holders of the ABTC will also be eligible to apply for the FTP. 

The UK government had first announced in December 2018 that eligible holders of Singapore passports would be allowed to enjoy automated immigration clearance facilities in the UK from 2019.

“The mutual extension to allow citizens of both countries to enjoy automated immigration clearance facilities, as well as Singapore’s extension of these facilities to ABTC holders, will accord such travellers greater convenience,” ICA noted.

Enrolment for the FTP is voluntary and free. Interested applicants can apply for the FTP at the enrolment centres located at Terminal 3 Changi Airport, the Visitor Services Centre at the ICA Building, as well as at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints.

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