Singaporeans should renew passport early: ICA

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) reminded Singaporeans today to apply early for the renewal of their passports

This is due to requirements by certain countries that passports be valid for at least six months upon entry.

Applicants can go online to submit an electronic application through the ICA website's (www.ica.gov.sg) Application for Passport On-Line Electronic System (APPLES).

Scanned photos of the passport applicant must be submitted online.

All new passports will be valid for five years. For renewal applications, the new passports issued will be valid for five years on top of the remaining validity from the existing passport, capped at five years nine months.

Applicants can also drop the completed application form in the deposit boxes outside the ICA Building or at the first, second and third levels. The boxes are accessible the whole day.

Other ways include mailing the completed application form to ICA at the following address: Passport Section, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road, #08-00, Singapore 208718 or over the counter submission at the eLobby@ICA at level three of the ICA Building.

Applicants can also complete the application using one of the self-service kiosks at the eLobby@ICA, located at the ground level of the ICA Building during office hours.

Passport application forms can be downloaded from the ICA website or collected from levels 1, 2 and 3 of the ICA Building. Only colour photos taken within the last three months and with a white background and matt or semi-matt finish are allowed.

Those who submit their passport applications online, by post, via the deposit box or the eLobby@ICA will pay only $70 instead of $80.

Applicants will be notified via post to collect the new passport once it is ready. A passport collection notification card will be sent to the applicant.

Upon receipt of the notification card, Singaporeans should make an appointment via the ICA website to collect their passport. Those who make the e-Appointment will have priority in collecting the passports.

Walk-in customers can expect to wait longer for passport services due to limited counters.

Certain applicants can collect their passports from 30 selected Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) outlets. They will be informed whether they can do so via the posted notification card.

Those who wish to enjoy this service can select the preferred venue for collection via the e-Appointment system. A service fee will be charged by SingPost for this service.

Applicants are advised to avoid going to the ICA Building for passport services during busy periods e.g. Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, school holidays or the eve of public holidays and the day after.

 paullim@sph.com.sg