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Taiwan opens e-Gate clearance program for Australians

2018/10/04 13:42:57

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Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) Taiwan will now allow Australian nationals access to an automated immigration clearance system at the country's airports, Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) announced Thursday.

With immediate effect, holders of Australian passports can enroll free of charge for Taiwan's e-Gate system for speedy immigration clearance at airports, Hsu said at an international seminar focusing on border management organized by the Ministry of the Interior.

The program is part of a reciprocal agreement between Taiwan and Australia that also allows Taiwanese passport holders to take advantage of Australia's Arrivals SmartGates self-processing e-passport control system.

In November 2017, Australia announced the opening of its Arrivals SmartGates to eligible Taiwanese ePassport holders.

Taiwan implemented the mutual use of automated clearance services with the United States in November 2017 and with South Korea in June this year, according to the National Immigration Agency.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Evelyn Kao)