Number of registered e-Gate users breaks 2 million mark

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's immigration authorities on Tuesday celebrated the registration of the 2 millionth user of the automated immigration clearance system, known as e-Gate, which was introduced at the country's airports and harbors on Jan. 1, 2012. A Taiwanese woman surnamed Yu was the 2 millionth traveler to register for the e-Gate service, on arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport from a trip to Japan. Yu, a 22-year-old who works in Taipei, received a gift of an i-Pad mini from National Immigration Agency Director-General Mo Tien-hu (???). Currently, there are a total of 53 e-Gates at the Taoyuan airport, Songshan Airport in Taipei, Kaohsiung Airport, Taichung Airport, and Kinmen Shueitou Port, according to Mo. The number of travelers using the system has grown to more than 20,000 a day since it was launched four years ago, he said. The automated immigration clearance system uses facial image and fingerprint verification technologies to identify travelers leaving and entering the country. Taiwanese nationals over the age of 13 and certain categories of foreign residents are eligible to register for the service. The categories of foreign nationals include holders of APRCs and multiple-entry ARCs, diplomats and foreign mission staff who hold Diplomatic Identification Cards, and citizens of Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China who hold multiple-entry Exit and Entry (Resident) Permits. (By Bien Chin-feng and Elizabeth Hsu)