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I just got a new US passport. I would of course update my ARC to reflect my new passport number, but as my ARC expires in November, it seems like a bit of unnecessary trouble.
Now, my question: I'm traveling overseas for a few days in the middle of September. If I've got both my old and new US passports on me, will I have any trouble at Taoyuan Airport? I have e-Gate, so really it's a question of whether the staff at the airline check-in counter would raise a fuss. I'd rather not have to get a brand new ARC for just two months, so I'm hoping this is a routine situation that they won't raise an eyebrow at.
If you ask the NIA nicely, they'll let you renew your ARC for the full time. Last time I got a new passport I had about 3 months left on my ARC, and they let me renew it for the full time then.
When you get your new ARC--if you're getting one, it will have the same number. The only thing that will be different will be your passport number. The E-gate machine won't be able to tell the difference and the customs people will just tell you to get your ARC updated, from my experience..
Good - that's the kind of experience I posted hoping to hear.
I've got two different mental images of what would happen if I try to fly out with a passport/ARC mismatch. In one, I show the airline check-in people my old and new passports and my ARC, and it's no big deal, it's not that unusual a situation, and they let me on the flight. In the other, even though I've got both passports it's still a HUGE deal and they don't let me board (or make me pay a big fine). The trouble is, these both seem like plausible scenarios to me.
Apply for the new ARC and bring the receipt from the foreign affairs dept. with you. That will negate any questions. I did that myself once-------and they never even noticed that the passport # on the ARC was different.
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