It’s been a while singe we checked in on the Malaysia-Singapore border biometrics deployment(s), but it looks like things are going well.
No more disembarkation cards for Singapore to Johor travellers (The Star)
Effective today, those entering the state from Singapore will no longer have to fill up the Immigration disembarkation cards or white cards.
This will ease the hassle faced by thousands of foreigners, especially Singaporeans.
Thousands of Singaporeans and people of other nationalities enter the state daily.
In the early stages of implementation, Malaysia’s border initiatives were not met with universal acclaim. Now, it seems that having the new technology in place has allowed for far more efficient border management that is both more rigorous and less consuming of time and paper than the system that used to be in place.
The increased efficiency should also serve to increase economic activity in the area which will have benefits of its own.
Congratulations to Malaysia and to the Singaporeans that make frequent visits. My condolences to whomever prints the immigration disembarkation cards.
This map and photo gives a flavor of the relevant geography. The red dot on the Singapore map is the approximate location of the Johor–Singapore Causeway pictured at right below.
|Malaysia Map & Singapore Map Source: CIA The World Factbook.
Johor–Singapore Causeway Source: Wikipedia
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