Taiwan to maintain border restrictions
Taiwan will maintain its current border restrictions, including a weekly arrivals cap of 25,000, for the time being, due to concerns over rising case numbers globally and the newest Omicron subvariants.
Cabinet spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng noted that although domestic case numbers continue to call, Taiwan has detected more BA.4 and BA.5 cases at the border. This, along with an expected increase in domestic travel and gatherings due to the summer holiday, pose a risk to Taiwan.
Lo said these concerns led Premier Su Tseng-chang to decide to keep the current border rules in place.Meanwhile, the Central Epidemic Command Center said it would be making adjustments to Taiwan's border rules based on the domestic Covid-19 situation and medical capacity.
Center officials say that to date, Taiwan has recorded 36 cases of BA.4 and 202 cases of BA.5, all of which were among incoming travellers who tested positive at the border.