MOE seeks March entry for new students
Around 5,000 international students hoping to come to Taiwan for language study who do not hold the Ministry of Education's (MOE's) Huayu Enrichment Scholarship may be allowed to enter the country starting from next March.
The MOE will submit proposals to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) for their approval that would allow entry for non-scholarship students wishing to study Mandarin in Taiwan for at least six months.
Following an unprecedented surge in domestic Covid-19 cases earlier this year, Taiwan banned entry of all arrivals bar citizens and legal residents beginning 19 May.
Taiwan began to grant entry for international students without an ARC in late August, though only to those enrolled in degree programmes at Taiwanese universities or who have received the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Taiwan Scholarship or the MOE's Huayu Enrichment Scholarship.
In separate news, the first group of seven migrant workers from Indonesia arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday after an entry ban was lifted last week.
A China Airlines flight carrying four of the Indonesian workers landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 20:48, with three others arriving at 20:57 via EVA Air.
One of those arriving said through a translator that she was happy to be able to work in Taiwan following the end of the ban, which was implemented over a year ago.
The seven migrant workers were greeted by staff from the Ministry of Labor before being briefed on Covid-19 quarantine procedures and related measures in Taiwan.
After their entry, the newly arrived migrant workers took a rapid test for Covid-19, and were then transported to collective facilities where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine.
The seven migrants were among a total of 109 migrant workers from Indonesia who have registered their information with the Ministry of Labor in preparation for entering Taiwan.