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Singapore to meet US deadline on use of biometric passports

Singapore will introduce biometric passports to citizens in October, the government said, ensuring Singaporeans will continue to be allowed visa-free entry into the United States. Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng told parliament the new passport, which will contain the holder’s unique facial and fingerprint information, is part of the city-state’s efforts to tighten security against terrorist threats. It also follows a US government requirement that 27 nations, including Singapore, whose citizens are granted visa-free entry into the United States have the biometric passports by October 26. If the citizens of those nations do not have the biometric passports, they will have to apply for a visa. The current visa-free entry allows for a stay of 90 days. Full Story

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