Singapore’s Changi Airport has announced that it will introduce automated immigration clearance in 2024.
This means that foreign travellers won’t need a passport when they want to depart the city-state.
Instead of passports, biometric data will be used.
To make this happen is a huge task as Singapore’s Changi Airport serves more than 100 airlines while it’s often ranked as the world’s best an busiest airports.
Singapore’s Minister Josephine Teo announced during a parliament session that “Singapore will be one of the first few countries in the world to introduce automated, passport-free immigration clearance”.
Sky News reports that automated immigration lanes at Changi already use the technology, but the new measures will allow people to enjoy a more “seamless” experience when passing through the airport.
QR code scanning points will be installed at the airport during the first quarter of the new year.
Ministers have been divided on the topic with some of them believing the initiative opens up a possibility of cybersecurity.
While others believe it will allow Singapore to be more prepared for future pandemics, some experts believe it will pave the way for adjustments to border controls.
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