MAC to reopen borders to some Chinese tourists
The Mainland Affairs Council says it will reopen Taiwan's borders to Chinese tourists entering from a third location from 1 September.
According to council spokesman Zhan Zhi-hong, the move means Chinese nationals living abroad, in Hong Kong or Macau, will be allowed to apply to enter Taiwan as tourists. Chinese nationals will also be able to apply to enter Taiwan on short-term business visas from 28 August.
The council says it will begin a one-month "preparation period" from that same date, after which Chinese tour groups may be allowed to enter Taiwan. However officials say the exact starting date will be decided after China's response is taken into consideration.
China halted independent travel to Taiwan on 1 August 2019 and suspended group travel to Taiwan in 2020. Both of the bans remain in effect.