Government could allow quarantine-free entry from July
Taiwan’s health minister says the government could begin allowing quarantine-free entry from July for travellers from countries with similar Covid infection rates.
The health minister says if the seven-day or 14-day infection rates are thesame on both sides, “there can be quarantine-free travel,” but Chen Shih-chung also stressed that “Taiwan is currently not in a position to open its borders.”
The statement comes as the government is being pushed by lawmakers to relax entry regulations by the start of summer vacation in July.
Chen says while the pandemic is easing in many parts of the world, and the situation in Taiwan is becoming more severe he believes that by July the island is likely to be in a similar position as other countries.
The health minister also says the government will introduce entry standards based on a country's Covid situation over the past seven or 14 days, maintaining restrictions for locations that remain high-risk.
The health minister this past weekend said that Taiwan could see an overall infection rate in the range of 15-16%, similar to Hong Kong or New Zealand, which works out to over 3 million confirmed cases.