JUST IN: Validity period of Singapore passports to be increased to 10 years for applications submitted by citizens aged 16 and above starting October
SINGAPORE: Singapore passports will be valid for 10 years, up from the current five, for applications submitted from October, the Immigration and ...
BookmarkSINGAPORE: Singapore passports will be valid for 10 years, up from the current five, for applications submitted from October, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Friday (May 7).The increase in the validity period applies to Singapore citizens aged 16 and above who submit a passport application on or after Oct 1.
AdvertisementAdvertisement"This will reduce the frequency of passport renewals and offer greater convenience to Singaporeans," said ICA in a news release.There will be no change to the passport application fee, which will remain at S$70.The validity of passports is capped at 10 years in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) recommendation. Any remaining validity in the old passport cannot be added to the new one when a citizen renews the passport.
For those aged below 16, the passport validity will remain at five years.AdvertisementAdvertisement"As children’s facial features change more rapidly, renewing their passport every five years will allow the photograph in their passport to be updated more frequently, which will minimise identification problems when going through immigration," said ICA. headtopics.com
The application process for the passport also remains unchanged. Citizens who need to apply for a new passport can do so online via ICA's e-service.Those who are unfamiliar with or have difficulty accessing the e-service can get their family members or friends to assist with the application online, or apply on their behalf.
Applicants with no access to the Internet may visit the Citizen Connect Centres located at Our Tampines Hub and selected community centres or community clubs. The locations of the centres can be found athttps://go.gov.sg/citizenconnector they can also call 6225 5322.
Those who are unable to make the application online or do not have someone to help them may visit ICA for assistance. Read more: CNA »
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waste money to renew if bubbles kept bursting LOL , with the virus kept changing goal pole , very hard to be able to travel within the next 1 year at least It’s about time yeah Can migrant workers apply? What about Rohingya refugees? I might be wrong but wasn't the validity 10 years many years ago? Anyway, this change is appropriate and timely.