Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Taiwan is planning to allow the entry of business travelers, starting in March, and also to shorten the quarantine time for all arrivals, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday.
If that plan goes well and the COVID-19 situation in the country is brought under control, consideration will also be given to loosening other restrictions on international travel, he said at a CECC press briefing.
Under the plan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) will lift the entry restrictions for businesspeople, and all travelers arriving in Taiwan will be required to quarantine for 10 days only, instead of 14, Chen said.
By April, if those measures are implemented and going well, the CECC will decide whether to cut the quarantine period to seven days, he said.
Taiwan will gradually reopen to all non-residents, after the Ministry of Economic Affairs makes an assessment of the restrictions and also decides whether to lift the ban on overseas travel by Taiwanese tour groups, Chen said, when asked to comment on Japan’s move to ease its border restrictions.
Starting in March, Japan will increase its daily quota of foreign arrivals from 3,500 to 5,000 and shorten the mandatory self-isolation period after entry from seven to three days.
Taiwan has maintained strict border entry and travel restrictions since March 21, 2020, when it raised its travel advisories for all countries to Level 3, generally banned most arrivals except for citizens and foreign residents, and mandated 14-day quarantine for those allowed to enter.
(By Chiang Hui-chun, Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Chieh-ling and Evelyn Kao)
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