Taiwan to join U.S. Global Entry program in November

U.S. citizens will be allowed to use e-gates at Taiwan airports

Taiwan's e-gates. (By Central News Agency)

Passengers at a U.S. airport. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese passport holders will become part of the United States Global Entry program next month while U.S. citizens will be able to use Taiwan’s automatic visa e-gates, reports said Tuesday.

The measures will be announced on Thursday, according to a report by the Central News Agency. According to a news release from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), its officials and representatives of Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency will hold a ceremony marking the event at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on October 26. Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) and AIT Director Kin Moy (梅健華) will be present at the celebration, CNA reported.

When a relevant agreement was signed in April last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Taiwan was only the second Asian nation, after South Korea, to join the Global Entry program. Other countries participating were Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico and Panama.

Citizens of Taiwan will be able to join the Global Online Enrollment System for five years by paying US$100 (NT$3,000), undergoing a bilateral security review and taking part in a face-to-face interview, CNA reported.

On arrival in the U.S., the Taiwanese citizens in the program had to report to a special desk to complete the procedure and would then be allowed to enter the country in a special lane. When boarding at any airport in the U.S., they will also receive special treatment, the reports said.

On a reciprocal basis, U.S. citizens in the system would be allowed to use the e-gates at airports when visiting Taiwan, officials said, adding that participation in the program would mean important time savings for frequent travelers in both directions.