On-arrival Saliva PCR Testing Ended on Sept. 29 國境鬆綁 今起入境每週6萬人次.免PCR

Taiwan is gradually opening its borders. Starting Sept. 29 the weekly cap on arrivals has been increased to 60,000 and on-arrival saliva PCR testing has also ended.

The PCR waiting area and saliva testing in Taoyuan Airport's arrival hall have been removed. Starting Sept. 29, inbound travelers no longer need to wait in line for PCR testing. Instead, they will receive four rapid screening tests to bring home. They can go straight to the car after collecting their luggage and passing through customs.

Passenger: “Quick screening is more convenient because PCR takes a long time. The accuracy of quick screening is also quite high.”

Passenger: “It took about half an hour. Pretty fast. And they help confirm your information and fill it out for you. Very good.”

The first phase of border relaxation will increase the maximum cap of visitors per week to 60,000. Visa-free travel has also been restored. Although inbound passengers still need to quarantine for 3 days plus another 4 days of self-management, they will no longer need to quarantine inside a dedicated house, but rather, they can quarantine in their own room at home.

Epidemic Prevention Staff: “Quarantine starts today on the 29th. Don't go out before the 2nd. You can go out after the 3rd only if you test negative. There are 4 screening tests. Do the tests today and tomorrow, and again on the 2nd.”

Chan Cheng-chi, Spokesperson, Taoyuan Airport Business Development Association: “At this critical moment, our businesses are very worried. This year's entry and exit passengers will reach 3.5 million. But unfortunately, this is only 7 percent of the pre-pandemic figure in 2010.”

The association hopes business opportunities recover as soon as possible. In response to the gradual opening of Taiwan's borders, the Airport Company stated that it has completed its plan to adjust for passenger control, equipment, and manpower. At 5:00 p.m. every day, the Airport Company reviews the next day's operation plan, including confirmation of the peak traffic time, forecasting the number of entry passengers, and estimating the number of epidemic prevention taxis and support vehicles.