By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taiwanese citizens will soon find it even easier to enter the United States due to an
agreement signed between the representative bodies of the two countries, the American Institute in Taiwan announced Tuesday.
AIT and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) signed a joint statement Monday regarding cooperation on an International Expedited Traveler Initiative, which outlines how the two institutions will work together to expand U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program and Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency’s (NIA) E-gate program to include eligible travelers from the U.S. and Taiwan, AIT announced Tuesday.
Taiwan becomes the seventh country in the world, and the second in Asia to join the program, along with the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Panama, South Korea and Mexico.
Both the U.S. CBP’s Global Entry program and Taiwan’s NIA E-gate program will grant pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited entry upon arrival at selected ports of entry. [FULL STORY]