Australia allows automated border clearance for Taiwanese


Australia has announced that its automated arrival border clearance option is now available to eligible Taiwanese ePassport holders, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.

Australia's Arrivals SmartGate system allows expedited immigration clearance for eligible travelers arriving at the country's eight major international airports.

The system uses the electronic information in ePassports and face recognition technology to perform the immigration checks usually done by a Border Force officer, MOFA said in a statement.

The automated service is now available to Taiwanese travelers over the age of 16 who hold an ePassport, according to the ministry.

It said no advance applications are required to be able to access Arrivals SmartGate but Taiwanese visitors still need to obtain a visa for travel to Australia.

Taiwan welcomes the decision, which will make travel to Australia more convenient for Taiwanese passport holders and help enhance exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, MOFA said. 

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