AviationSingapore and New Zealand nationals can use e-gate immigration clearance facilities when visiting each other’s country.

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New Zealand’s automated immigration clearance facilities are now available to Singapore nationals. Photo Credit: Brostock/Getty Images
Singapore and New Zealand passport holders will be able to make use of automated immigration clearance facilities when travelling to each other’s country from Tuesday (February 12), the Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said.

Automated clearance facilities will be available in the key gateways Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. 

New Zealand passport holders aged six and above, with a passport of more than six months’ validity and have visited Singapore at least twice in the past two years, will be able to able to apply for Singapore’s Frequent Traveller Programme (FTP). 

New Zealand nationals may apply for the programme at the enrolment centres located at Changi Airport Terminal 3, the Visitor Services Centre at the ICA Building, as well as the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints.

“The mutual extension of such automated immigration clearance facilities is part of the Singapore-New Zealand Enhanced Partnership that both sides are establishing. It is expected to boost trade, business and tourism links between both countries,” said the ICA.

Last year, Singapore attracted some 138,000 visitors from New Zealand, a 5% increase compared to 2017, according to figures from Singapore Tourism Board. 

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