Two ABC e-gates have been introduced at Kaohsiung International Airport for the use of non-resident visitors on departure.
The trial run at Kaohsiung International Airport, Taiwan’s second largest airport, started on July 1 and is expected to last until the end of the year.
The new e-Gates at the Kaohsiung airport are for the exclusive use of short-term overseas visitors aged 14 and above — including those from China, Hong Kong and Macau — enabling them to clear immigration automatically when they leave the country.
Foreign passengers do not have to apply for the ABC e-gates, but they need to leave their fingerprints when they enter Taiwan to be eligible to use them when they depart.
The e-gate system was opened to Taiwanese nationals in March 2011 and to foreign residents in September 2012. It currently processes an average of 30,000 entries and exits a day.
After the trial run in Kaohsiung, the service will be expanded to other major airports in Taiwan, including Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, starting early next year.
The service is expected to be fully established at all major airports in Taiwan by the end of 2018, it added.
Airports in Taiwan already with ABC e-gates include Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport and Shuitou Harbor on the outlying Kinmen Island.
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