By: Central News Agency
The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) is drafting new regulations that will impose a fee on foreign nationals
registering for the e-Gate service, Taiwan’s automated immigration clearance system.
According to the draft regulations, the application fee for foreign passport holders will be NT$3,000 (US$100.5) and access to the e-Gate service will be granted for a five-year period each time, the ministry said.
Taiwan’s e-Gate system, which was implemented at airports and harbors in January 2012, uses facial image and fingerprint verification technology to identify travelers leaving and entering the country.
Since then, more than 20,000 foreign nationals have registered free of cost for e-Gates access, according to the MOI. It said, however, that it was planning to introduce the NT$3,000 fee to help maintain and expand the e-Gate facility and to put Taiwan in line with other countries.