Monday14 October 2019   
 
Date 2016/02/09         Hour     News Group International 2

 Singapore on Wednesday said that all travellers entering the country by land, air or sea will have their fingerprints taken from June as part of plans to step up border security in the wake of rising terror threat.

Singapore on Wednesday said that all travellers entering the country by land, air or sea will have their fingerprints taken from June as part of plans to step up border security in the wake of rising terror threat.

The immigration and checkpoints authority will be taking the fingerprints of anyone who enters Singapore at its air, land and sea checkpoints, senior minister of state for home affairs Desmond Lee told Parliament on Wednesday.

The fingerprint scans will allow the immigration authorities to verify the traveller’s identity before he is allowed entry into Singapore and will facilitate automated self-clearance during his departure, Mr Lee said.

The additional biometric screening across the city state’s checkpoints comes in the wake of heightened terror threat to ensure that Singapore does not fall prey to terrorist attacks, the Straits Times reported.

More than half a million people pass through Singapore’s checkpoints every day, with the Woodlands checkpoint, linking to peninsular Malaysia at the southern tip.