Tag: ICA

Petition to temporarily ban travellers from China: More than 35,000 sign in less than a day

Singapore — A petition to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) seeking a temporary ban on travellers from China has gone viral, reaching more than 35,000 signatures in less than a day since it was posted on the change.org platform. The petition was posted on...

ICA warns of delays at BSI CIQ Complex due to emergency exercise on Dec 18

Singapore—If you are travelling soon, be warned of the delays and congestion at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs Immigration and Quarantine Complex (BSI CIQ Complex) and the JB Sentral Bus Terminal on the evening of Wednesday December 18. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) issued...

ICA says paying for ICs brings “a stronger sense of pride and ownership” but netizens feel differently

After journalist Bertha Henson wrote a forum letter questioning, “Why charge Singaporeans for new ICs?”, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) responded saying that they “believe that a system where the applicant pays a small sum is better: It brings a stronger sense of...

Heavy Thursday traffic at Tuas checkpoint due to immigration clearance resolved

Singapore —  Unusually heavy traffic was reported at Tuas Checkpoint on Thursday morning, August 29. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority started issuing advisories to motorists regarding the build-up at 7:24 am, local time, via its Facebook page. Heavy arrival and departure traffic at Tuas checkpoint....

ICA’s move towards paperless immigration clearance highlights use of electronic arrival card

Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced on Wednesday (Aug 14) that it will launch a beta version of the SG Arrival Card e-service. This is an extension of the trial for electronic arrival cards conducted last October 2018. With these e-cards, tourists and visitors...

ICA seizes 6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes hidden in gaming machines

Singapore – On March 11 (Monday), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) confiscated 6,000 cigarettes hidden in gaming machines at a warehouse in Tuas Avenue 3. A press release on March 13 by the ICA stated the discovery of the smuggled items hidden in 10...

Kittens in pants: Man tries to smuggle kittens at Tuas Checkpoint

Singapore – It was one of those days when an officer at Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) saw unusual items being brought into the country. This time, it was four healthy kittens hiding in a man’s pants as he was trying to cross Tuas...

Massive jams at Tuas and Woodlands, holding traffic up to 8 hours

Singapore – On December 14 at 6:20pm, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) posted via their Facebook page that heavy arrival and departure traffic are currently being experienced by Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints and that delays are to be expected. They also added that...

Younger Malaysians happy about new immigration e-cards, older ones still prefer the traditional way

On Thursday last week, Singapore Immigration introduced electronic arrival cards, which are now on a three month trial run. These are designed to take the place of traditional paper cards for embarkation and disembarkation upon arrival in the country. While some Malaysians, among the...

ICA: 1MDB whistleblower Clare Rewcastle Brown merely interviewed, not detained

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) explained that Clare Rewcastle Brown, editor of Sarawak Report, a whistleblower website, was merely interviewed briefly at the Woodlands Checkpoint at 1:00 am on Saturday, September 15, and not detained, as indicated in Sarawak Report’s Facebook page. A post...