Entry requirements relaxed for foreign spouses, children
The government is partially lifting an entry ban on foreign spouses of Taiwanese citizens and their underage children with immediate effect.
The ban had been in place since 19 May, when almost all arrivals, except citizens and legal residents, were denied entry into Taiwan due a domestic coronavirus outbreak.
Exceptions could only be made in cases of emergency or for humanitarian reasons and those seeking to travel to Taiwan had been required to apply to the Central Epidemic Command Center in advance for special permission to enter the country.
However, Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen says the government has now reviewed that policy and decided to allow foreign spouses who are legally married to Taiwanese citizens, and their underage children to enter Taiwan for family reunion purposes.
The new policy also applies to those from Hong Kong, Macao, and China.
Visa applications can now be made at Taiwan's overseas representative offices.
However, all arrivals will still have to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.