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Exit permit rules relaxed for National Servicemen from 1 Aug 2006


Enhancing Convenience - Revisions to Exit Control Measures Governing National Servicemen

National Servicemen can look forward to more convenience when they travel overseas with effect from 1 Aug 2006.
The revisions to exit control policies were recommended by the Fourth Committee to Recognise the Contribution of Operationally-Ready NSmen to Total Defence (RECORD IV) to enhance convenience for servicemen when they travel overseas.
These recommendations were accepted by the Government during the Committee of Supply Debate on 6 March 2006.
Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) will henceforth be exempted from applying for exit permits for short overseas trips of less than 3 months.
Operationally-Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) will no longer be required to surrender their exit permits upon their return to Singapore.
NSmen who have completed their Operationally-Ready National Service (ORNS) training cycle will be exempted from notifying the MINDEF Notification Centre (MNC) of their overseas trips.
Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) will only be required to apply for an exit permit for overseas trips of 3 months or longer. This will allow NSFs to go overseas over the weekend or after office hours without being subjected to the inconvenience of applying for an exit permit.
Operationally-Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) issued with exit permits will no longer be required to surrender their exit permits upon their return to Singapore. MINDEF will use the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority's Exit-Entry Control Upgraded System (EECUS) to monitor the return of NSmen.
NSmen who have completed their Operationally-Ready National Service Training Cycle and have been phased into the MINDEF Reserve (MR) will no longer be required to notify the MNC of their overseas trips of more than 24 hours and less than 6 months. However, they will continue to be subjected to exit permit controls for overseas trips of 6 months or longer.

Source: News Release 21 Jul 2006

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