Taiwan and Germany launch reciprocal customs clearance programme
The National Immigration Agency says Taiwan and Germany have launched a reciprocal automated customs clearance programme.
The agency says the agreement makes Taiwan the fourth non-European Union country to have been granted the privilege by Germany.
The new programme came into force on 10 December. It allows Taiwanese travellers to use Germany's EasyPass border control system, and for Germans to use Taiwan's e-Gate system.
The executive director of the German Trade Office Taipei says the reciprocal customs clearance agreement will benefit Germany and Taiwan by facilitating travel and trade between the two economies.
To be eligible for the programme, Taiwanese travellers must be at least 18 years of age, have no criminal record in Germany and hold a passport with a chip and a unified ID number.