Australian passport holders may now enroll in Taiwan's e-gate entry program

Australians with at least six months validity remaining in their passport may enroll in the program


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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Australian visitors to Taiwan traveling with China Airlines or EVA Air can now enter the country with a little less hassle the e-gate option, which will now accept Australian passports.

To use the e-gate option at passport control, travelers will need to register once they arrive at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport at one of the designated e-gate enrollment counters. Passports must also be valid for at least six months from the date of registration.

For entrepreneurs, people with family members in Taiwan, or just avid travelers, the e-gate option will help to drastically reduce wait time when coming or going through immigration.

Provided adequate validity of the Australian travelers’ passport, once they are registered for the e-gate program, they may use the e-gate for five years, before needing to re-enroll and update their registry information.

Australian Business Traveller reports that the following airports will be accessible for those enrolled in the e-gate program: Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei's Songshan Airport, Taichung International Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, as well as Kinmen’s Shueitou Airport.

When using the e-gates to enter Taiwan, travelers will need to submit a digital copy of the Immigration Arrival Card, rather than filling out the paper cards upon arrival.

The digital copy can be completed and submitted online through the website of the Taiwan Immigration Agency before a traveler departs their airport of origin.