Border Security Management
- Source：Border Affairs Corps
Border Affairs Corps of the NIA is accountable for border control and border security management.
The offices are situated in 10 airports at Songshan, Taoyuan, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Hualien, Kinmen, and Penghu; and 15 harbors at Keelung, Taipei, Taichung, Mailiao, Budai, Anping, Kaohsiung, Hualien, Heping, Suao, Magong, Shuitou, Fuao, Liaoluo, and Baisha. Their main task is to examine travel documents and prevent fraudulent/counterfeit and falsified passports and other documents being used to enter the borders.
Responsible for maintaining border security, the Border Affairs Corps strive to maintain a balance between efficiency and service, providing inbound and outbound passengers with tangible high quality immigration clearance service so as to contribute to the positive image for our nation.
2. Information Technology for Border Control
To enhance effectiveness of immigration clearance and border management, the NIA has set up Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) and Advanced Passenger Processing System (APP), which allow early screening prior to the arrival of suspected travelers and other restricted passengers to prevent them from entering the borders. The Biometric Verification System has been deployed in all main airports and seaports since August 1, 2015, and individual data of aliens were filed using facial images and fingerprints to prevent imposters and identity fraud. The “Questioned Document Detection System” was launched and a database of passport samples of various nations was established on January 1, 2016, assisting the comparison of falsification proof details of passports, enhancing the ability of verifying fraudulent/counterfeit and falsified passports of newly recruited officers, and providing the service quality.
In order to provide easy access to immigration clearance for nationals and aliens with residency or with re-entry permit in Taiwan, the NIA has installed e-Gates system utilizing biometric verification technology of facial images and fingerprints. Passengers may use the e-Gates system as long as they register in advance and the whole process takes only 12 seconds. At the same time, the new e-Gate was established and activated starting from September 1, 2016, at the Kaohsiung International Airport, to provide a more convenient and effective immigration clearance. The system is planned to be introduced to other airports step by step in the future. In addition, a trial run has been conducted at Terminal 1 of Taoyuan Airport since February 11, 2018 to effectively improve the efficiency of immigration clearance for foreign passengers.
By establishing the systems mentioned above, the NIA can upgrade the overall immigration clearance service quality as well as effectively stop illegal activities at the borders and prevent suspected travelers using falsified documents from entering the borders, enhancing the international image of our country, maintaining our “Trafficking in Persons Report” ranking, in order to obtain and keep the visa waiver privilege from nations worldwide.
3. Immigration Clearance Service
In order to provide easy access to immigration clearance for foreigners who often travel to Taiwan, the NIA has set up speedy immigration clearance counters providing foreign business professionals who are recommended by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, have been to Taiwan more than 3 times within a year （Frequent Traveler Certificate）, or have been granted Asia-Pacific Business Travel Cards, Academic and Business Travel Cards, Blossom Cards or Platinum International Talent Cards, and Employment Golden Card. Also, in accordance with the policy of the Executive Yuan concerning underprivileged minorities, the NIA has set up counters for people with disabilities, elders, and people carrying infants to offer them speedy clearance, so they can enjoy warm, convenient, and attentive service of the government.
To counter human smuggling transiting through Taiwan, investigations are carried out toward transit flights from and to countries such as the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe in boarding lounges and transit lounges. Inquiry and ID check will be conducted once suspicious passengers are spotted.