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The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced today that it would “cease the issuance of departure immigration endorsements”, referring to the stamps of departure dates on travel documents.

From next Monday (April 22), foreigners leaving Singapore will no longer need to have their passports stamped.

This will help to streamline processes and speed up immigration clearance.

Previously, all foreigners departing Singapore needed to get their passports stamped with the date of their departure by the immigration officer at the manned counters.

“Since September 2016, foreign travellers whose fingerprints have been enrolled via the BioScreen system upon their arrival into Singapore are eligible to use automated lanes when they leave Singapore,” said ICA.

“They do not receive departure immigration endorsements when they use the automated lanes.”

This will be extended to all foreigners leaving Singapore through manned counters from Apr 22, it said.

ICA said it will inform foreign authorities on the cessation of the departure immigration endorsement.

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