CECC lowers pandemic travel warning level
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has lowered its global Covid-19 pandemic travel warning to level two, effective from tomorrow. It comes 936 days after Taiwan implemented measures for level three.
CECC Spokesman Zhuang Ren-xiang says with the current global average plateauing, the new Covid subvariant BA.5 is expected to remain a mainstream epidemic. The centre says the new level two alert warning takes effect at the same time border restrictions are loosened from 13 October. He reminds everyone to strengthen personal protective measures when traveling, making sure to be fully vaccinated, wash their hands often, wear masks, and avoid crowded areas.
This comes as the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation says it's ready to welcome all foreign visitors from today, as the government lifts the coronavirus quarantine requirement for all arrivals.A total of 270 passenger flights will be leaving and arriving today and the airport operator is estimating that the number of inbound passengers will stand at just over 12,300 while the number of people departing will be about 6,200.
The airport corporation says it has modified relevant measures in response to the easing of border restrictions, including the cancellation of visitor health certificate reviews, and lifting the ban on shopping and dining for inbound passengers.Other measures include reopening public service facilities such as shower rooms, outdoor smoking rooms, and the airport observation deck; and allowing asymptomatic inbound passengers to take public transportation.But while quarantine requirements have been scrapped, the government has still capped the number of arrivals at 150,000 per week.