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Directions Governing Implementation of Biometric Identification for Aliens Entering and Exiting Taiwan

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  • Source:Border Affairs Corps
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1. The present direction is hereby enacted to operate inspection about entering and exiting Alien by Regulations Governing the Collection, Management, and Use of Individual Biometric Data (hereinafter referred to as “the Regulation”).

2. The term "Alien" used in this directions shall mean Foreigners, Nationals without registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area, People of the Mainland Area, and Residents of Hong Kong or Macau.

3-1 According to Article 3 of the Regulation, Alien’s biometrics will be recorded upon entry into Taiwan, and will be used for identification purposes when entering or exiting Taiwan.

3-2 The direction aforementioned is not applied to the following situations:

3-2-1 Under 14 years of age.

3-2-2 Exempted from applying for Alien Resident Certificates according to Paragraph 1 of Article 27 of Immigration Act.

3-2-3 Having applied Ambassadorial courtesy, special courtesy or General courtesy clearance according to Regulations concerning Courtesy Clearance Operation in Taoyuan International Airport (hereinafter referred to RCCO).

3-2-4 Having acquired Permanent Alien Resident Certificates according to Paragraph 3 and 4 of Article 25 of Immigration Act.

3-2-5 Having acquired Academic and Business Travel Card in accordance with Operational Directions for the Issuance of the Academic and Business Travel Card and the Implementation of Expedited Immigration Clearance.

3-2-6 Crew or seafarer on transport mission.

3-2-7 Pre-inspection on board of cruise.

3-2-8 Travel by foreign yacht or sailboat.

3-2-9 Alien’s biometrics is difficult to record or identify due to illness, emergency assistance or other special cases.

3-2-10 Consent by National Immigration Agency (hereinafter referred to NIA) in a project.

3-3 Alien qualified for courtesy clearance by RCCO is exempt from biometric recording and identification at international commercial port and direct cross-strait commercial port.

3-4 The NIA can record and identify the biometrics mentioned in Subparagraph 3 to 10 of Paragraph 2 of Article 3 as necessary.

4. In the case of Aliens applying for consent from the NIA according to Subparagraph 10 of Paragraph 2 of Article 3, the application should be submitted by inviting agency (or association) to the NIA by mail or e-mail 3 days prior to entering or exiting.  The NIA will inform the applicant by e-mail if the application is approved.

5. The process for recording and identifying of  Alien‘s individual biometrics is as follows:

5-1 Inspect passport and entry or exit permit.

5-2 Simultaneously record biometrics of index fingers and face.

5-3 Compare against the biometrics recorded from the latest entry.

6-1 It is permissible to record either the facial or finger prints biometrics if the Alien’s face or finger is injured.

6-2 It is permissible for the Alien to process entry/exit via the special counter due to religious or other personal reasons.

7. The NIA may not record or compare biometrics when the information system is broken.

8. Aliens apply and qualify for using e-Gate shall still have their facial and finger prints biometrics recorded and identified when entering or exiting via manual inspecting counter.

9. The NIA shall process and utilize personal biometric records in accordance with Personal Information Protection Act as well as in accordance with the Regulation.

10. According to Article 64 of Immigration Act, the NIA may enforce temporary detentions for further identification inspection if it has any suspicion about the Alien’s identity.

11. Citizen of the Republic of China with additional foreign nationality shall record and identify biometrics even if entering or exiting Taiwan as a foreigner.