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Taiwan to issue ePassports starting Tuesday

Taiwan to issue ePassports starting Tuesday

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Monday that it will begin to issue of Republic of China "ePassports" from Tuesday, making Taiwan the 60th country in the world to use electronic passports.
Foreign Minister Francisco H. L. Ou said at a press conference that the new passports comply with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
The introduction of ePassports in Taiwan has been in the works for several years, Ou said, adding that details of the new passport's features can be found on the Web site www.epassport.com.tw.
The passport application procedure and requirements will remain the same, and the current machine readable passports could still be used until their expiry date, according to Rita P. Chen, section chief of MOFA's Bureau of Consular Affairs.
The passport application fee will remain at NT$1,200 (US$36) until the end of next year, but after that it will be increased by NT$400 to reflect the higher production cost of the ePassport, she added.
According to the foreign ministry, the ePassport contains a contactless chip and antenna embedded in its back cover, with the bearer's biographical data and facial image stored on the chip.
The cover of the passport carries a symbol, along with the word "Taiwan" printed in gold letters. The document has 52 pages with designs featuring Taiwan's tourist attractions. On the data page are background images of the high speed rail, airplanes, semiconductor wafers and wind turbines.
(By Jian Chen)




Updated : 2021-07-31 06:33 GMT+08:00