Visa-free will draw more S'poreans

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans will welcome faster immigration clearance at Australia's airports ("Self-service trial for Singapore e-passports at Aussie airports"; last Thursday).

As reported, Singapore was chosen as the first country in Asia whose citizens can use the self-service immigration kiosks because of the large number of Singaporean visitors to Australia - 385,300 last year.

This number would be much higher if Australia granted Singaporean visitors visa-free entry.

I visited Tasmania last November and found the entry visa fee of A$130 (S$147) too high.

Also, the online visa application process was unduly extensive, taking me more than 45 minutes to complete.

Singapore extends visa-free entry to Australians, and I hope Australia can reciprocate this.

Hoe Lye Soon


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