Flight crew rules tightened

15 June, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is tightening quarantine regulations for flight crew members who have not received a coronavirus vaccination and mandating antibody tests for those who are fully vaccinated.

The new measures require flight crew members on long-haul flights who have not received any vaccine shots to be quarantined for five days on returning to Taiwan and get a PCR test on their last day in quarantine.

They will then have to follow "enhanced self-health management" rules for nine days, during which they will not be permitted to take public transportation or visit crowded areas.

They will also be required to keep a record of their daily activities and everyone with whom they come into contact, and get two rapid tests for the coronavirus.

Quarantine rules for this group will be further tightened on 1 July, with a mandatory quarantine of seven days upon their return, followed by seven days of enhanced self-management protocols.

Rules for flight crew on one-day return flights also remain the same – 14 days following self-health management protocols for the unvaccinated and no rules for the vaccinated.

However, mandatory PCR tests will be required for these flight crews every two weeks.

Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen says 83% of pilots and 57% of flight attendants at domestic carriers have received their first vaccine shot.

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