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The NIA Has Achieved a Lot after Having Implemented Its Automatic Customs Clearance Service and Has Broken Three Records during the Lunar New Year of the Year of the Monkey, Including Three Million Registrations of Passengers for the Service, Thirty Thousand Passengers Who Use it to Clear the Customs Every Day and Thirty Million Passengers who have used it
To welcome the arrival of the thirty millionth passenger who used the
The NIA said that thirty million passengers had used the automatic Customs clearance system until 2 March 2016 and that more than three million people have applied to get registered for the use of this system. Now this system is used thirty thousand times on average per day. During the 9-day lunar New Year holiday, it was used more than fifty thousand times on the 7th and last day of the holiday, breaking the highest record of the times used in one single day. 71.7% of the nationals who go abroad more than six times per year have completed their applications and 91.7% of the nationals who go abroad more than twenty times annually have applied, indicating that this system is gradually used more often.
This Internationalized Convenient Service Is Also Available for Foreigners
The NIA has already set up 53 automatic Customs clearance gates (or e-Gate for short) at Sung Sang Airport, Taoyuan International Airport, Taichung Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport and is setting up more. Besides qualified nationals, foreign nationals and passengers from the mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao Areas with a Taiwan resident certificate that can be used for multiple reentries are also qualified to use this automatic Customs clearance service based on the consideration of both security and efficiency, indirectly boosting Taiwan’s international image as a high tech nation.
After Completing a Two-Minute Application, the NIA Gives You a Life-Long Free VIP Customs Clearance
The automatic Customs clearance system mainly uses facial traits to identify passengers. With the supplemental identification of the little fingerprint, Customs clearance can be accomplished in 12 seconds. It takes only two minutes to get registered and the registration is entirely free of charge and no application form is needed. Nationals who want to get registered need to reach the age of 14, should be taller than 140 centimeters and must carry their passports and their second IDs (ID card, insurance card or driver’s license) while foreign nationals and passengers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao Areas must have additional travel documents and the Taiwan resident certificate with an IC chip and apply at any of the NIA registration counters all over the country. Once registered, passengers can use it for their exit from the country right away. The registration will be valid for good for nationals, needs not be redone while getting the passport replaced and provides passengers with the VIP Customs clearance service.