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E-gates to open to foreign nationals residing in Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s automated immigration clearance system, known as e-Gate, is to open to foreign nationals residing in the country starting today.

The system provides automated immigration checks that can be completed in 11 seconds, National Immigration Agency officials said, adding that all a Republic of Taiwan (ROC) national needs to do is swipe their passport and look into a monitor to pass through the system.

Foreign residents, including Chinese spouses and people from Hong Kong and Macau with permanent residency in Taiwan, are today able to register to enter or exit Taiwan through e-Gates at the country’s major airports, the agency said.

When using the system, foreign residents will need to swipe their ROC resident certificates instead of their passports, the agency said.

More than 200,000 foreign residents are expected to qualify, the agency added.

Since the e-Gate system was introduced on Jan. 1, it has logged more than 2 million entries and exits, according to agency statistics valid to Friday.

The system works by scanning the faces of passengers and cross-referencing the image with a file photograph and fingerprint records if necessary.

E-Gates are installed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei International Airport (Songshan), Kaohsiung Airport and Shuitou Harbor on Kinmen Island.

E-Gate factbox

‧ 200,000 foreign nationals set to qualify.

‧ Can process applicants in only 11 seconds.

‧ System scans and matches photographs.

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