Government may lift ban on foreign visitors in March

22 February, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says the government is moving towards lifting the ban on foreign visitors next month.

The ban was introduced in January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in response to a new variant of the disease, which was first detected in the United Kingdom, but quickly spread through Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Since 1 January, only Taiwanese citizens, residents, and people in a few other categories have been allowed to enter the country but only upon presentation of a negative test result.

All transit flights through Taiwan have also been discontinued since then.

According to the health minister, the Central Epidemic Command Center is planning to ease the restrictions starting on 1 March, but a final decision on that move has yet to be made.

Chen says even if the ban on foreign arrivals is lifted, all visitors will still be required to be quarantined for 14 days after they enter the country, at either a quarantine hotel room, a government-designated quarantine centre or at a private home if the person lives alone.

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