The government of Taiwan has stated that beginning on October 13, it would cease its obligatory COVID-19 quarantine for arrivals and will allow visitors back into the country. This marks the completion of a significant step toward Taiwan’s aim to reopen to the rest of the world.
Although in June it reduced the number of days necessary in isolation for newcomers to three from seven in the past, Taiwan has maintained some of its entrance and quarantine requirements in place while significant portions of the rest of Asia relaxed or abolished them entirely.
Since the beginning of the year, Taiwan has recorded 6.3 million cases throughout the country. These cases are being driven by the highly infectious Omicron strain. Due to the fact that more than 99 percent of individuals affected showed either no symptoms at all or just moderate ones, the government has loosened limitations under its “new Taiwan model.”
On Thursday, the spokesperson for the Cabinet, Lo Ping-cheng, told reporters that the moment had come to reopen borders now that the epidemic had been brought under control at home and there was a well-vaccinated populace.
Tourists will be permitted to return to the country, but new arrivals would be required to undergo quick testing and have their health monitored for a period of seven days, he said.
The administration had earlier said that it planned to reopen on October 13th as its target date.
On Thursday, a number of additional changes went into effect. These included the discontinuation of PCR testing for arrivals and the reinstatement of visa-free travel for nationals of all nations that had previously enjoyed this privilege.
Throughout the duration of the epidemic, it was not mandatory for Taiwanese nationals or foreign residents to be quarantined in their homes or in hotels for up to two weeks; nevertheless, leaving the country and then returning was strictly banned.