U.S. citizen Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI members can now use e-Gate for entry to Taiwan. Unfortunately, this requires both application and a fee.
When I saw the press release headline I was hoping for an arrangement like Australia and New Zealand where any US biometric passport, Global Entry member or not, can use their e-gates.
Taiwan e-Gate for Global Entry Members
This is only for U.S. citizen Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI members. Not US permanent residents or Global Entry members registered in the program with a non-US passport.
The e-Gate application fee is 3,000 NT (approximately US$100).
You do not need to apply in advance. Instead, you are required to go in person to an enrollment counter of the Taiwan National Immigration Agency (hours not published):
|(1)||Taipei City service station at National Immigration Agency|
|(2)||The immigration arrival and departure halls at Taipei Songsang Airport|
|(3)||The immigration arrival and departure halls at Taoyuan Airport, Terminal 2.|
|(4)||The immigration arrival and departure halls at Kaohsiung Airport|
|(5)||The immigration arrival and departure halls at Kinmen Seaport|
Bring your valid passport. Your photo and index fingerprints will be taken. Details here.
e-Gate is valid for the validity of your passport. When you renew your passport, you’ll need to re-enroll and pay a new fee.
Global Entry for Taiwan Passport Holders
Taiwan passport holders can now apply for Global Entry.
The US CBP has published the application process that requires steps with both Taiwan and US authorities.
If Only It Didn’t Cost $100
I was in Taiwan in August for a trip to Kinmen and Mastu (island groups close to mainland China). Prior to that it had been some years since I passed through Taiwan.
My immigration wait was about 15 minutes. The line was large though moved fast. The immigration officer gave a friendly welcome to Taiwan.
I’d have to be at the start of a new 10-year passport and going to Taiwan several times a year before I would consider paying $100 for e-Gate.
APEC Business Travel Card Alternative
I will invest $70 in an APEC Business Travel Card for access to expedited lines in many countries, ahead of $100 for a single destination’s e-Gate.
This program is currently only authorized to issue cards through September 30, 2018, unless the law is amended to provide an extension. With the wide-ranging assault by the current US administration on travel, travelers, and the spirit of civilization travel represents, I will not expect an extension and will be renewing my current passport a tad earlier in September 2018 to get in under the deadline.
On the reciprocal news, tag me surprised that Taiwan passport holders weren’t previously Global Entry eligible. Taiwan is an outsize economic partner. While the current US executive does not believe in democracy promotion, the US does, and Taiwan’s flourishing against the odds deserves our support in ways small and large.