Singapore to fingerprint all visitors from June

Singapore to fingerprint all visitors from June

Singapore has confirmed it will fingerprint all travellers entering the country by land, air or sea from June.

The plan is part of a winder effort to step up border security in the city-state as the terror threat continues to rise.

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority will take the fingerprints of anyone who enters Singapore, senior minister of state for home affairs Desmond Lee confirmed.

The fingerprint scans will allow the immigration authorities to verify a traveller’s identity before they are allowed into Singapore.

Travellers will be able to use an automated self-clearance system during departure.

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More than half a million people pass through checkpoints every day.

It is believed the Woodlands checkpoint, linking to peninsular Malaysia at the southern tip, is the busiest land checkpoint in the world.

The United States started fingerprint checks in 2004 after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

Japan, South Korea and Taiwan also introduced fingerprint scans in 2007.