Taiwan plans to announce changes to border restrictions in June
Taiwan, a country currently struggling with its first major wave of covid, plans to announce changes to entry restrictions in June.
The country’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) and top health official have announced that there will be plans to facilitate entry into the country, as there are no more imported cases (percentage ) than national cases.
It’s unclear what those changes will be, but it looks like business travelers will be the first guests to enter without lengthy quarantines.
Extract from the Taipei Times:
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday that a policy to reopen national borders to business travelers was being discussed with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and “will be announced soon”.
As many countries are reopening to restore economic stability and Taiwan has lost many international investments and business opportunities during the pandemic, the policy for reopening to business travelers will be announced soon, he said.
And from Focus Taiwan:
Taiwan has a similar COVID-19 infection rate to the rest of the world, at around 6%, it will be reasonable to relax border controls given that the risk of contracting the disease in Taiwan or abroad is basically the same, Chen said.
Chen said the CECC had held discussions with the Ministry of Economic Affairs on easing border controls and would soon involve the tourism sector for related discussions, with details to be announced in June.
As countries around the world are reopening their borders, Chen said, it is important for Taiwan to consider similar measures in order to remain economically competitive.
Taiwan started having its first significant COVID wave in April, but has recently plateaued.
There are not many countries still closed in Asia, where I am currently.
China won’t be reopening any time soon (mainland, Hong Kong and Macau) as they try to get to zero covid, but hopefully Japan will welcome visitors this fall (tour group plans won’t work).
Hopefully Taiwan announces a sensible reopening plan in June to allow quarantine-free entry for fully vaccinated visitors.