Travellers entering and leaving Singapore via the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints will soon have to pass through an additional layer of security, according to a report by Channel News Asia, though no fixed time for the implementation was mentioned.

Dubbed the BioScreen system, the scanners will be progressively installed at car counters at the two land checkpoints. This is to familiarise users with the new process, the city-state’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Monday.

This applies to travellers in both directions, both entering and leaving from Singapore checkpoints. Thumbprint scanning will be required for all car travellers aged six and above, the report said, and all vehicle occupants will be required to step out of their vehicles to scan both thumbprints; the ICA has advised that immigration clearance times may be slightly longer as a result, the report added.

This implementation of BioScreen for land checkpoints is the latest step in the city-state’s gradual roll-out of the system for all land, sea and air checkpoints which began in April last year, starting with the trial of the system at a ferry terminal.

“Security at our checkpoints is ICA’s top priority. The BioScreen system is an important measure in this regard, as it enables ICA’s verification of travellers’ identities to be more robust,” the ICA said.