Immigration card

Many countries have discontinued with the immigration card. Malaysia and Indonesia dispensed with the card several years ago.

There is no need to get visitors to fill up this white card as their details are already available in the passports that are scanned into the system.

The only useful information is the length of their stay and the hotel that they stayed in. This information is already available from the statistics provided by the hotels.

Another useful information could be the warning on drug offense. This can also be displayed prominently in signs in the queues before the immigration counters.

It is troublesome for the visitors to fill up this white card. We can dispense with it and save them this hassle.

it is time to update our practice.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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14 Responses to “Immigration card”

  • Traveller:

    There is one info Tan KL misses out
    Their Singapore address, esp Free & Easy travellers
    For those country(s) where embarkation card still needed, local address must be filled, whether hotel name of private address
    Singapore is small .. so private address can easily be traced
    You may say, what if wrong address is filled?

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  • Traveller:

    Embarkation cards of most if not all countries have two portions. Upon arrival after crossing immigration checkpoint, the smaller portion returned to the visitor, which MUST be surrendered when he/she leaves Singapore. This is to check confirm “one-in-one-out” that the visitor does not overstay, also his/her actual days of stay .. But now observation that when going thru auto-channel no need to surrender the small portion of embarkation card any more. Since visitor’s passport is scanned upon departure, everything is done..

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  • TruBlu:

    Well,it takes TIME for them to CHANGE .
    THEY are TOO BU$Y COUNTING MONEY.
    ANYTHING ELSE, THEY cant be bothered.

    Only time left after COUNTING MONEY is spent on GOURMET HOLIDAYS???

    FIRST WORLD?

    My toes are giggling…

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  • most uselss:

    Probably the supplier is either GLC or some grassroot.

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  • Low Quality:

    Aiyo, TKL, use your own facebook for such silly news lah… Irritating to the Max. If you need to be educated the needs, make appointment with immigration department lah…

    TRE is also to be blamed for such low quality materials…why no contributors is it?

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  • TruBlu:

    4G….FOUR geez?…lee ah long,h$k,kee-chiu and oyk?

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  • rukidding:

    Ya,…other countries have “moved forward” and “improved”…but sadly,….you will have to admit that,….”we have gone on reversed gear”

    Like what we used to critised about PAST Malaysian Immigration ….we now need to “find unneccessary work to do to look busy”.

    Don’t forget,…together with their “Master”,..these group of civil servants pay are all “obscenely high”….so how not to “create” an impression that “They” are “working hard” ????

    You not “pai say” meh ?….especially when you are drawing Obscenely high pay for doing nothing or doing F.O. ????

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  • TKL no brain:

    Use the card also can missed out HIV carriers, don’t use lagi worse!.

    Aiyo use your brain lah. Follow Follow, TKL also know copy cat is it? What good and no good cannot distinguish.

    KNN brainless old man.

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  • tan kl, have you been to USA ?:

    The militarily mightiest nation in existence today also requires form filling.

    And also the 2nd mightiest.

    So what’s wrong to insist aliens FTs PRs fill a form?

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  • Why is TKL so brainless:

    This PE vote spoiler how come so brainless?

    He prevented Dr Tan CB from being President of Singapore.

    Now he spouts nonsense.

    No more hope for Singaporeans.

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  • Went to Japan:

    The card is useless, my friend has filled fake address all these while and nothing happened.

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  • Big Differences:

    tan kl, have you been to USA ?:
    The militarily mightiest nation in existence today also requires form filling.

    And also the 2nd mightiest.

    So what’s wrong to insist aliens FTs PRs fill a form?

    Those uncle sam paperwork creates jobs for his citizens,
    while sillypore’s paperwork create jobs for foreigners.
    Uncle Sam’s country is not for anybody,
    Sillypore is for everybody.
    Just ask our greedy clown prince what’s wrong, he can tell you the big differences.

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  • William C:

    TKL no brain: Use the card also can missed out HIV carriers, don’t use lagi worse!.

    What so magical about this card? Everything can be faked.

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  • William C:

    Went to Japan:
    The card is useless, my friend has filled fake address all these while and nothing happened.

    A few guys here mentioned about address concern. I have sponsored a PRC friend to visit Singapore. The e-visa have to indicate the address. So, why still need to fill in again into the card at the immigration.

    There are a lot of travelers come to visit their kids working in Singapore. Probably going to stay in their own rented HDB. Many are hold up at the immigration because they do not know the full address. I ever encountered 1 PRC woman asking me how to write Ang Mo Kio in English. Our Immigration Officers insisted it have to be filled in English.

    Time has changed. Many free and easy travelers do not have a hotel booking on hand upon arrival. Most visa are 30 days. Do you know the hotel booking has to be 30 days too? Of course no la. Some may find alternative – cheaper or better accommodation later.

    If we are so particular about where they are staying, why not get them to report to the nearest police post to register each time a hotel is changed. This is not going to work.

    AI now. In China, everywhere CCTV with facial recognition. You are tracked 24 hours.

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