Updated: 04/14/2014 22:32

350 travellers detected with forged or tampered travel documents

350 travellers detected with forged or tampered travel documents

Over the past 5 years, about 350 travelers a year were either found to be in possession of forged or tampered travel documents at the checkpoints or had presented a travel document that did not belong to him or her. 

These figures were revealed by Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli in a parliamentary response on Monday.

He says there are several layers of checks to determine stolen or fraudulent passports. 

For example, Singapore cross-checks travellers' passports against Interpol's database of lost or stolen travel documents about 29 million times a year, to determine if a passport presented has been reported lost or stolen. 

In the past 5 years, 7,000 Singapore passports are reported lost or stolen each year. 

Once a report is received, the Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority, or ICA, will immediately cancel the passport, update its database, and convey the relevant information to Interpol. 

Mr Masagos says the Singapore passport is an important document, highly valued by local and foreign criminals. 

And through public outreach and community engagement, ICA constantly reminds Singaporeans of the importance of safe-keeping their passports and the need to report any loss of their passports immediately. 

" ICA maintains our security with tight controls at our borders over persons who present stolen or lost passports. At the same time, the security features of our Singapore biometric passport, and the education efforts and strict enforcement of laws regarding lost/stolen passports, help ensure that Singaporeans who travel face fewer queries and delays due to inquiries regarding their passports."

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