Foreign missions urge easing of border controls
Several foreign missions here in Taiwan are urging the government to ease its border control measures.
The French Office in Taipei, the German Institute Taipei, the European Economic and Trade Office and Singapore's representative office here in Taiwan are arguing that the current entry controls are hurting people-to-people exchanges and the running of businesses.
The government introduced strict entry requirements in March of last year.
And while the rules have been adjusted marginally over the past 18 months, they were stepped-up in May due to the surge in domestic cases.
The French and German offices are calling on the government to consider gradually relaxing restrictions to allow for the entry of more international travellers, "especially those who are fully vaccinated," saying the ban is affecting foreigners who need to come to Taiwan for work while Singapore's top envoy to Taiwan is voicing similar concerns – saying Singapore has unilaterally opened its borders to travellers from Taiwan, if they meet certain criteria.