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Singapore sets its sights on passport-free departures, from bag-drop to boarding

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Singapore says passport-free departures from bag-drop to boarding coming to Changi airport

From the first half of 2024, more biometrics will be used for authentication to cut down on the need to present travel documentsRanked the best airport in the world, Changi aims to surpass pre-pandemic levels of traffic soon and ‘provide a positive clearance experience’SingaporeBloombergPublished: 3:35pm, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Some passengers will soon be able to depart from Singapore’s Changi Airport without a passport, as part of changes to the city state’s immigration law that allows for end-to-end biometric clearance.

From the first half of 2024, biometrics will be used for authentication at various automated steps in the departure process, from bag-drop to immigration and boarding, communications minister Josephine Teo said in parliament on Monday.

“This will reduce the need for passengers to repeatedly present their travel documents at these touchpoints, allowing for more seamless and convenient processing,” Teo said.

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The changes come as the number of travellers to the financial hub is expected to rebound to pre-pandemic levels by next year, and continue to increase thereafter.

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