Taiwan Might Reopen Borders Next Month for Quarantine-Free Travel

If your dream holiday consists of bubble tea, Taiwanese street food and things like that, the next piece of news is definitely for you.

After having stringent COVID-19 rules throughout the two years to ensure that infection rates have been kept to a minimum, Taiwan has announced that they are looking to relax some of their restrictions in the upcoming months.

This includes allowing travellers to enter the country without the need to quarantine.

Bubble tea lovers, rejoice.

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Situation

For the past two years, Taiwan has been effective in maintaining its low infection rates. As a result, Taiwan has only had less than 20,000 cases and it also has not had a full lockdown before.

Although Taiwan is now faced with an average of around 60 cases a day due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the government is confident that it can keep the infection rate under control.

Approximately 30% of the population have received their booster shots as well, and this figure is expected to rise in the coming months.

For Taiwan to allow tourists to enter, vaccination rates must continue to rise and the government must ensure that they have enough healthcare resources.

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Businesspeople to Have Priority

However, businesspeople are going to take priority over tourists for now.

Currently, even though Taiwan has never fully closed its borders since the start of the pandemic, those allowed to enter Taiwan are mostly citizens and foreign residency permit holders.

Chen Shih-chung, Taiwan’s Health Minister, mentioned that they might be able to reduce the quarantine period from two weeks to 10 days before mid-March.

He also added that they were confident in ensuring that any infections would still be detected within that amount of time.

However, he mentioned that the possibility of Taiwan completely eliminating the need for quarantine before the summer holidays that start in July “is not high”.

Additionally, he also explained that he was unable to state a predicted time frame for Taiwan to allow tourists to enter.

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