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.