Singapore aims to axe paperwork for international travellers, shifting instead to a digital arrivals card completed online or through a smartphone app, in a move that's arguably overdue for the tiny tech-forward nation.
A 'beta trial' of the digital entry system is already in full swing, although it's currently limited to passengers arriving on Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Jetstar Asia and AirAsia, along with a handful of coach and ferry passengers.
Those travellers can head to the SG Arrival Card page to submit their details within 14 days of arrival in Singapore. Up to 10 people can be included in one joint submission, which is handy for group travel such as to conferences. Travellers who enter Singapore multiple times in that 14-day period only need to submit one application to cover up to three visits.
The most recent information on the electronic arrival card is available here. Eligible passengers can fill out the SG Arrival Card online or through the identically-named app in the Apple Store or Google Play.
Of course, the smarter option for frequent visitors is to sign up for Singapore's eponymous Frequent Traveller program, which unlocks e-gate entry and negates the need for any type of arrival card at all.
For Australian citizens, two entries into Singapore within 24 months is all you need to be eligible. Registration is free and easy – offices are located at Changi Airport T3 (after immigration) and in downtown Singapore, near Lavender MRT Station.