Over 6,600 foreign residents apply for usage of e-Gates
CNATAIPEI--Over 6,600 foreign nationals residing in Taiwan have registered to use airport e-Gates, since the automated immigration clearance system was opened for foreign residents in September 2012, immigration officials said yesterday.
January 15, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
More than 17,800 entries and exits had been made through the e-Gates by Taiwan's foreign residents as of Jan. 13, said Lin Hung-chieh, an official from the National Immigration Agency's Border Affairs Corps.
Meanwhile, over 3.54 million entries and exits through the e-Gates had been recorded, since the system was opened to Taiwanese nationals in March 2011, he told CNA.
There are currently 30 e-Gates installed at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei International Airport, Kaohsiung Airport and Shuitou Harbor on Kinmen Island.
Lin said another 15 are expected to be installed and made operational at these locations in April this year.
Equipped with infrared sensors, facial recognition cameras and passport readers, the system can complete immigration checks in 12 seconds. They have been set up to enhance Taiwan's border security and speed up the immigration clearance process.