Passport holders from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will now be able to clear immigration faster in Singapore, and vice versa.
Thanks to a mutual arrangement, holders of HKSAR passport who have visited the Lion City three times in the past 12 months can enrol for enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (elACS) in Singapore. Applications can be made at the enrolment centres in Changi airport, Woodlands checkpoint, Tuas checkpoint or the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA).
Similarly, Singapore passport holders who have visited Hong Kong three times in the past year are now eligible to sign up for the e-Channel service by visiting enrolment offices at Hong Kong International airport or the Macau Ferry Terminal.
Applicants must be aged 11 years or over and need at least six months left on a valid passport plus one colour photo.
Singapore’s ICA believes that the service will provide greater convenience for holders of Singapore and Hong Kong passport, and will also enhance trade, business and tourism links between the two cities.
Singapore is the third country to sign the mutual agreement on automated clearance for Hong Kong passport holders after Germany and South Korea (see here).