The weekly cap for arrivals has been increased to 50,000 people, all of whom are still subject to the '3+4' quarantine policy.
As border rules across the globe are easing, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced several adjustments to its anti-epidemic measures for inbound travellers.
Weekly cap for arrivals increased
From 22 August 2022, the weekly cap for arrivals allowed entry has been increased to 50,000 people.
Starting from 12 September 2022, the visa-exempt entry scheme for nationals of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and European countries will be reinstated. The scheme is open to the designated nations' nationals entering Taiwan to engage in activities that do not require a permit, these activities include:
- exhibition visits,
- fact-finding missions,
- international exchanges,
- visiting relatives,
- tourism, and
- social events.
Those engaging in activities that do require a permit, and foreign travellers who do not meet the requirements for visa-exempt entry, are still required to apply for a special entry permit (visa) upon request.
People from China, Hong Kong, and Macao may enter Taiwan to fulfill contractual obligations or as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises:
- For Chinese nationals, the company or institution inviting them should apply for a special entry permit on the online application system of the National Immigration Agency.
- Hong Kong and Macao residents should apply for a special entry permit at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong or Macao, or an R.O.C. overseas representative office in their place of residence.
Requirement for pre-flight COVID-19 PCR test result removed
Effective 15 August 2022, all travellers coming to Taiwan will no longer be required to provide a result of a PCR test taken within two days of their flight schedule time.
However, those who test positive abroad are still required to wait over seven days from their specimen collection date before taking a flight to Taiwan in order to prevent cross-border transmission of the disease.
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The ‘3+4’ quarantine policy remains in place
Effective 1 September 2022, mandatory quarantine for arrivals will remain as three days of quarantine and four days of self-initiated epidemic prevention, which is briefly called the ‘3+4’ quarantine policy.
Furthermore, the ‘one person per room’ rule will be adopted for the four-day period of self-initiated epidemic prevention. This rule means a room used to undergo self-initiated epidemic prevention, in principle, should have a bathroom. An arriving traveller may not stay at a general hotel.
See the related rules for the ‘3+4’ quarantine policy below:
- Three days of quarantine: Quarantining at home or a residence of a friend or family member, with the 'one person per residence' rule being followed, or staying at a quarantine hotel.
- Four days of self-initiated epidemic prevention: After completing the three-day quarantine, an arrival can go to a place that meets the ‘one person per room’ rule to undergo self-initiated epidemic prevention without applying with his or her local government to change his or her place of lodging during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period.
- Testing measures:
- Deep-throat saliva samples will be collected from arrivals for PCR testing at the airport/port on the day of arrival (Day 0).
- Two rapid test kits will be given to arrivals aged two and older by workers at international airports/ports upon arrival; arrivals can use the test kits when symptoms occur during quarantine and before they go out for the first time during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period.
- Epidemic prevention rules to follow during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period:
- Avoid going outside unless necessary.
- A negative result from an at-home rapid test taken within two days should be presented if an arrival needs to go out to work or buy daily necessities.
- Masks must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained.
- Avoid going to crowded venues or contact with nonspecific persons.
- Non-urgent medical services or examinations should be postponed.
- See more rules here.
Lead image / Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website