[News] US & Taiwan Nationals Will Join Each Others’ Trust Traveler Programs!

 

From the news report (click me), nationals of United States and Taiwan are going to have the access to each others’ Trusted Traveler Program, which is Global Entry (US) and e-Gate (Taiwan) from 11/1/2017. Travelers need to register online with enrollment fees. Here is the announcement from The American Institute in Taiwan (click me) about this coming relationship:

At a ceremony today at Taoyuan International Airport, senior representatives from the United States and Taiwan, under the auspices of an agreement to be signed by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO), jointly announced the November 1 eligibility expansion of U.S. and Taiwan trusted traveler programs – the U.S. Global Entry program and the Taiwan e‑Gate program.

Taiwan passport holders will be eligible to join Global Entry, and U.S. citizens enrolled in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Program will be eligible to join e-Gate, administered by Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency. Global Entry and e-Gate allow expedited immigration and customs processing for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.

On November 1, the 5th anniversary of the Visa Waiver Program in Taiwan, Taiwan will join a select group, becoming the 12th partner worldwide and 3rd in East Asia, whose passport holders are eligible to enroll in Global Entry. At the same time, U.S. citizens enrolled in a CBP Trusted Traveler Program will become the first non-residents to be eligible for Taiwan’s e-Gate.

E-Gate is an automated border control system available to registered travelers to expedite entry into Taiwan. U.S. citizens who are members of a CBP Trusted Traveler Program (Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI) are eligible to register for e-Gate. To enroll, U.S. citizen Trusted Travelers are required to present a valid passport and have their photo and index fingerprints taken by the Taiwan National Immigration Agency at an enrollment counter in Taiwan. The application fee for e-Gate is 3,000 NT (approximately $100).

For US passport holders, the eGates Information website (see here) doesn’t have any updated information. In fact,  the information on the wbsite are documents/content dating back to 2016, which hasn’t been changed yet.

For Taiwanese passport holders who want to enroll the Global Entry Program, individuals need to create a profile at the official website of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection with non-refundable application fee (US$100). Then, a background check will start to process. If approved, there will be a mandatory interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center located at all major U.S. Airports and some additional locations.

This new reciprocal relationship should be great for US people who travel Taiwan frequently, and Taiwanese people who travel US frequently. It is a great way to skip the long line for passport check at the US/Taiwan airports!

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