Taiwan Could End Mandatory Quarantine on Oct. 13 0+7入境免隔離 王必勝:預計10/13上路

The Executive Yuan has announced that border controls will be eased on Sept. 29. The weekly arrivals cap will be increased to 60,000 and the saliva test upon arrival will be canceled. CECC Commander Victor Wang said the mandatory quarantine requirement could be lifted on Oct. 13.


Taiwan is finally going to reopen its doors. On Sept. 22, the Executive Yuan announced that the weekly arrivals cap will be increased to 60,000 and the 3+4 quarantine policy will be changed to one person per room on Sept. 29. Meanwhile, CECC Commander Victor Wang said Oct. 13 could be the day when the mandatory quarantine requirement is changed to 0+7. This means that inbound travelers will not have to quarantine and will only have to monitor their health for seven days. During these seven days, they are allowed to eat at restaurants and take public transport.

Victor Wang, Commander, Central Epidemic Command Center: “We have tourists coming in, and it will be highly inconvenient for them if they're not allowed to eat out. That would also make the reopening meaningless. However, there are related controls, of course.”

Arrivals currently have to take a saliva test. This will be changed to each arrival receiving four at-home rapid tests so that they can test themselves if they develop symptoms. As for the mask mandate, it will be lifted in stages. However, masks will still be required in enclosed spaces such as the metro. The travel industry is happy to see the easing of border controls, but hope there are related measures in place, such as a greater effort to market Taiwan to foreign travelers. It also says Taiwan can follow the example of Japan and offer COVID-19 travel insurance.

Li Chih-yueh, Spokesperson, Travel Quality Assurance Association: “If you get COVID-19 while traveling in Japan, all medical and follow-up costs will be covered by this 10 million-yen travel health insurance.”

Chu Chun-jung, Travel Manager, ezfly.com: “If the government announces 0+7 and has good disease prevention measures, then I think we'll see a 30 percent growth in tourism.”

Wang said Taiwan began offering visa-free entry to 66 countries on Sept. 12. In the future, social visitors and tourists from some countries that were not included will also be allowed in. When asked about cross-strait exchanges, Wang deferred to the Mainland Affairs Council.

 

 

 

等了近3年,國門終於要開放了。行政院院會今日宣布,29日起提升入境人數總量管制到每週6萬人次,「3+4」檢疫改為一人一室;至於入境檢疫「0+7」新制,疫情指揮中心指揮官王必勝今日上午在廣播節目中表示,預計10月13日上路,因應邊境解封、觀光客來台,未來入境者免隔離,7天自主防疫期間,不僅可外出用餐,也可搭乘大眾運輸工具。

王必勝表示:「要因應說我們有觀光客進來,那如果不能用餐的話,這些是會造成很大的不便,就比較沒有實質的開放,但是也有相對應的管制啦。」

而在入境唾液快篩部分,將改成發放4劑家用快篩,讓入境者有症狀可自行採檢。至於國內口罩禁令,將分階段解除,但捷運等密閉空間仍然需要戴口罩。對於國門解封,旅遊業表示樂觀其成,但希望有相關配套,例如加強國際行銷爭取外國旅客來台,也建議比照日本,推出針對新冠肺炎的旅遊健康保險,讓旅客能安心旅遊。

品保協會發言人李奇嶽指出:「如果你在日本旅行期間有確診的話,它的相關的醫藥費用,善後的相關的費用,會有日本的1000萬日幣的旅行健康保險來支應。」

易飛網航空假期組經理朱俊榮認為:「政府通知0+7,且有做好防疫措施的話,我覺得相信旅遊成長的幅度,大概會成長30%左右。」

王必勝強調,我國自12日起開放66個國家互惠免簽,部分沒有互惠免簽的國家,未來也將開放一般社會訪問及觀光,等於各國都可造訪台灣,至於是否恢復兩岸交流,將由陸委會評估,各部會依職權及實際狀況,評估是等對等開放。

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