Passport Collection was a Breeze

I went to the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority) of Singapore to collect my new passport today and, not surprisingly, it was a pleasant experience.

2. Queue number 3. Crowd 1. Self service machine 4. PP serviceSingapore’s efficiency in using technology to simplify service is legendary. That is on display at the ICA as well, a testament to how serious Singapore is with its smart nation initiatives and making public service smooth..

I had applied for a new passport as my existing one was due to expire in about six months. After I received a letter that it is ready for collection, I went online this Monday and picked a slot today.

Just 15 minutes: On reaching the building 15 minutes ahead of my appointment, I had my IC scanned in a self-service machine. Instantly, I received a queue number with all the relevant details.

Fifteen minutes later I was out of the premises with my new passport though hundreds of people were there. Queues move fast as people follow the process in letter and spirit. A few counters were unmanned but the high service standards meant the waiting time is kept short.

This being the Golden Jubilee year of Singapore, I was hoping to see an SG50 logo in the passport. That was not to be, so to that extent it was a minor disappointment.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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