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Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency announced on 4 Oct. that Australian citizens can now use the automated customs clearance gates (e-Gate) when entering Taiwan.

Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency (NIA) announced on 4 Oct. that Australian citizens will now be able to use the automated customs clearance gates (e-Gate) when entering Taiwan.

Australia joins South Korea and the U.S. in being able to use the automated e-Gate system, with immediate effect.

Australian e-passport holders who are over 14 years of age, are taller than 140 centimeters, hold no criminal record in Taiwan, and whose passports are valid for longer than six months will be able to use the new service, according to NIA.

To use the e-Gate system, free registration on the NIA website is required.

The announcement was made at the sidelines of the 2018 International Conference on Borderland Management in Taipei on Oct. 4, attended by Taiwan’s Minister of Interior, Hsu Kuo-yung and Representative of the Australian Office Taipei, Gary Cowan.

Hsu said that Taiwan will strive to negotiate and implement similar e-Gate systems with other countries.

The Australian government opened its Smart-Gate system for Taiwanese citizens visiting Australia in November last year.

Australian visitors also enjoy visa free entry for staying up to 90 days in Taiwan.