S Korea to be added to e-Gate program

CONVENIENCE: A government source said Taiwanese would be able to walk out from immigration ‘with dignity’ thanks to growing inclusion in expedited clearance systems

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 09, 2018
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Taiwan is to open its automated immigration e-Gate clearance system to South

Automated immigration e-Gates are pictured at Taipei International Airport on April 5, 2016.  Photo courtesy of National Immigration Agency

Korean travelers at the end of this month as reciprocation for Seoul including registered Republic of China (ROC) passport holders in its expedited immigrations processing program, a government official with knowledge of the matter said yesterday.

After evaluations with other government departments, the National Immigration Agency believes that there are no national security or public safety concerns to preclude opening the e-Gate program to South Korean travelers, and that mutual expedited entry between Taiwan and South Korea is feasible, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The government would not expand the e-Gate program to countries that it has determined would pose safety concerns, the official said.

As there are many travelers between Taiwan and South Korea each year, mutual automated entry would shorten the time they spend going through immigration, the official added.    [FULL  STORY]

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