Quarantine period to be shortened
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced plans to handle the influx of travellers set to arrive in Taiwan through the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday period.
CECC officials say from 14 December until 14 February, those returning to Taiwan for the traditional holiday must still go through 14 days of quarantine and seven days of self-health monitoring.
However, such travellers may spend the first 10 days of quarantine in a government centre or hotel, and if they continue to test negative for infection, they may then choose to complete their last 4 days of quarantine at home.
Officials say the traveller must take a quarantine taxi home. Anyone else residing in the home must be fully vaccinated.
Family members who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days previously will be allowed to stay in the same room as the person arriving from abroad.
Those undergoing quarantine at the hotel will still be required to foot the bill for their 10 days of accommodation.
The centre says it aims to make 34,000 rooms for quarantine available to travellers returning home, and it is also working with the transport ministry to ensure that there are enough quarantine taxis ready for use.