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Traveling with a new passport, same ARC

Postby AnimalExtender » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:29

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.
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Re: Traveling with a new passport, same ARC

Postby cfimages » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:56

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.
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Re: Traveling with a new passport, same ARC

Postby Wookiee » Sat Aug 20, 2016 19:46

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..
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Re: Traveling with a new passport, same ARC

Postby AnimalExtender » Sun Aug 21, 2016 09:31

Wookiee wrote: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.
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Re: Traveling with a new passport, same ARC

Postby Wookiee » Sun Aug 21, 2016 14:16

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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