Taiwan is reopening to tourism through its first travel bubble starting April 1. These travelers will still need to apply for a special entry permit.
All visitors must submit a negative PCVID COVID-19 test result and quarantine for 14 days at a government approved hotel.
Residents are allowed to quarantine their homes only if they can prove that they live alone.
The country was only open for essential travel. Tourism remains banned, but reopening for vaccinated travelers is on the table.
According to a recent press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is willing to gradually adjust the regulations regarding the entry of foreigners into Taiwan “in accordance with the decisions and standards established by the Epidemic Command Center. Central (CECC). “
If a regional consensus is reached, travelers will not need to be quarantined.
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Unlike many other countries that have promised to open their borders or, at least, to bubble travel so that their citizens visit other places and do not actually do so, Taiwan did exactly what it said.
On April 1, Taiwan took advantage of the “travel bubble” for the first time, which the country and the government of Palau had agreed a few weeks ago. This is a major milestone for a country that has been extremely reluctant to reopen for tourism. The first flight carried 100 tourists, including the president of Palau and his wife.
“We are opening this travel bubble in the hope of boosting tourism and economic activities for both (the sides) and, at the same time, preventing the spread of Covid-19.” Said Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said.
March 21 – Taiwan opens its first travel bubble
As of April 1, the citizens of Palau will be the first citizens allowed to visit Taiwan for tourism after a year of closure.
Negotiations began in October, but the Palau government was unsure about Taiwan’s management of the pandemic. Palau is one of the few countries in the world with 0 cases of coronavirus.
According to Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, “we are opening up this travel bubble in the hope of boosting tourism and economic activities for both (the sides), while preventing the spread of Covid- 19 ”. Thus, strict biosafety measures are expected to be announced in the coming days.
The Minister of Health and head of the CECC, Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中), has officially announced that Taiwan will allow foreigners who are not residents of Taiwan as of March 1, 2020.
However, tourism remains prohibited and these visitors will need to apply for a special entry permit. In addition, passengers in transit will also be able to travel around the country if they fly with the same airline and the stopover lasts less than 8 hours.
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on February 19 that the country has secured nearly 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccination implementation is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2021.
Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung said the government is currently working on a plan to reopen borders through a new system. To gain access, visitors must agree to the following requirements:
- Bring confirmation that they have received a double coronavirus vaccine
- Bring proof of a negative Covid-19 test
- Other conditions (not yet disclosed)
Current restrictions and entry requirements for entering Taiwan
Taiwan requires travelers to present a certificate, in English, of a negative COVID-19 test result obtained three business days prior to arrival. They also need to observe a 14-day quarantine in a government-approved facility or home if they live alone.
During this time of self-isolation, local health officials will call on you to check on them and record their information on a state health record form.
Pan Wen-chung, the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, said these students could be quarantined in government-approved centers or government-accepted hotels.
If the student chooses the first option, the school will have to pay (US $ 50) per day to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) three days before check-in. There is also a third option that depends on quarantine centers or dormitories provided by private schools, also approved by local health officials.
Which countries are allowed to enter Taiwan?
Remember that, given the emphasis on imported cases, Taiwan is keeping an eye on the situation of COVID-19 around the world and is opening its borders only to a small number of passports and for a limited number of reasons.
Allowed list countries / regions
List of low-risk countries / regions: (Current as of April 8)
- East Timor
- New Zealand
- The Marshall Islands
List of medium risk countries / regions:
COVID-19 situation in Taiwan
From April 8, Taiwan still keeps the number of COVID-19 cases very low. The territory reported 1,050 positive COVID cases and only 10 deaths.
What is the current political situation in Taiwan?
Taiwan is a relatively small island inhabited by almost 24 million people. In practical terms, it has functioned as an independent territory of China since the end of the Civil War in 1950.
However, the Chinese government has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949. Because of this situation, China is asking other nations not to have direct diplomatic relations with the island.
Taiwan had already worried about the context of political uncertainty and growing social unrest when the most difficult pandemic recorded in a century broke out right on its doorstep in the city of Wuhan, China.
It is no surprise that Taiwan’s economy and the burgeoning tourism industry have suffered a blow, like most of the world, being forced to close their borders and strictly inspect commercial activity.
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