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Airport e-Gate available to foreign residents Sept. 3

TAIPEI--Taiwan's automated immigration clearance system, known as e-Gate, will be open to foreign nationals residing in the country from Sept. 3, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced Saturday.

The system provides automated immigration checks that can be completed in 11 seconds, NIA officials said.

All a traveler is required to do is swipe his passport, look into a monitor and obtain clearance from the system, the officials added.

On Sept. 3, foreign residents, including Chinese spouses and people from Hong Kong and Macau with permanent residency in Taiwan, will be able to register to enter or exit Taiwan through e-Gates at the country's major airports, according to the NIA.

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

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

The e-Gate system works by scanning the faces of passengers and cross-referencing with a file photo, and fingerprint records if necessary.

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

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