(Updated on 9/29) Entry restrictions for foreigners to Taiwan in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Created:2022-09-29Data Source:Bureau Of Consular AffairsCounter:4046176

Reminder: National Immigration Agency announced automatic extension policy for foreigners.



September 29, 2022
MOFA to adjust entry regulations for foreign nationals in accordance with CECC's relaxation of border control measures

Following an announcement by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), in addition to full reinstatement of visa-exempt entry scheme from September 29, nationals of countries that are not eligible for this scheme may apply for visas to enter Taiwan for the purposes of regular social visits and tourism, starting October 13. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will adjust entry regulations for foreign visitors to Taiwan as follows:

 

1. Full reinstatement of specific visa regulations
 Eligible foreign nationals may enter Taiwan on a landing visa, apply for an e-Visa in advance, or apply for a Travel Authorization Certificate for nationals from Southeast Asian countries from the National Immigration Agency (NIA) online application system. Applications from travelers on High-end Group Tourists from Southeast Asian countries (Project Kuan-Hong) will be accepted in accordance with the timeframe set by the competent authority—the Tourism Bureau.
  

2. Full reinstatement of regular visa application procedures
 Foreign nationals may apply for a visa at a Republic of China (Taiwan) overseas mission based on their purpose of travel (including regular social visits and tourism) by submitting relevant documents.
  

For information on required documentation and other details for visa applications, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Please check announcements on the NIA website regarding the online application system for Travel Authorization Certificates for nationals from Southeast Asian countries. In addition, a cap on the total number of arrivals remains in place and inbound passengers are still required to follow current CECC regulations.

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


September 23, 2022
MOFA to fully reinstate visa-exempt treatment for nationals of eligible countries starting September 29 in accordance with adjustments to CECC antipandemic border control measures

Following an announcement by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), visa-exempt entry scheme to Taiwan will be fully reinstated from September 29 for nationals of eligible countries to engage in activities that do not require a permit, such as business, exhibition visits, fact-finding missions, international exchanges, visiting relatives, tourism, and social events. For activities that do require a permit according to the laws and regulations of relevant agencies, travelers must apply to the central competent authority of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for permission and obtain a special entry permit (visa) from an overseas mission of the R.O.C. (Taiwan).

For information on visa exemption regulations, required documentation, and other details, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan but do not meet the requirements for visa-exempt entry should ensure that their purpose of travel is among the reasons for entry currently allowed by the CECC. They must prepare relevant documents and apply for a special entry permit (visa) at an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission. A cap on the total number of arrivals remains in place and inbound passengers are still required to follow current CECC regulations of three days of home quarantine and four days of self-initiated pandemic prevention.


The above measures will be adjusted on a rolling basis by the CECC based on the development of the pandemic.

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


September 5, 2022
MOFA to reinstate visa-exempt entry scheme for nationals of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, European countries, and diplomatic allies starting September 12 in accordance with CECC measures

Following an announcement by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will reinstate visa-exempt entry scheme for nationals of the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, European countries, and diplomatic allies starting September 12, 2022. The scheme is open to the designated nations' nationals entering Taiwan to engage in activities that do not require a permit, such as business, exhibition visits, fact-finding missions, international exchanges, visiting relatives, tourism, and social events. For activities that, according to the laws and regulations of relevant agencies, do require a permit, travelers must apply to the central competent authority of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) for permission and obtain a special entry permit (visa) from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.

For information on visa exemption regulations, required documentation, and other details, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website (https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-149-4486-7785a-2.html ). Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan but do not meet the requirements for visa-exempt entry should ensure that their purpose of travel is among the reasons for entry currently allowed by the CECC. They must prepare relevant documents and apply for a special entry permit (visa) at an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission. A cap on the total number of arrivals remains in place and inbound passengers are still required to follow current CECC regulations of three days of home quarantine and four days of self-initiated pandemic prevention.

The above measures will be adjusted on a rolling basis by the CECC based on the development of the pandemic. 

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


August 10, 2022
Effective from August 15, Taiwan to remove requirement that inbound passengers should provide COVID-19 PCR test result within two days of flight schedule time

On August 10, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that, effective from 00:00 on August 15 (incoming flight's scheduled arrival time in Taiwan), all travelers coming to Taiwan will no longer be required to provide a result of a PCR test taken within two days of their flight schedule time. However, those who test positive abroad are still required to wait over seven days from their specimen collection date before taking a flight to Taiwan in order to prevent cross-border transmission of the disease.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/MqiYXFX5S9TgVP45qbuvgg?typeid=158


July 27, 2022
Entry regulations for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC)

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that starting on March 7, 2022, Taiwan will allow foreign business travelers to enter Taiwan for the purposes of business visits, investment, the fulfillment of contractual obligations, and employment. Regarding the entry regulations for ABTC holders, please refer to the information below:
 
1. Foreign business travelers holding a valid ABTC may enter Taiwan with valid passports and proof or documentations of business activities in Taiwan. The duration of stay is up to 90 days.
2. ABTC holders from transitional economies (Canada and United States) are not eligible to receive pre-clearance from fully participating economies and must therefore apply for the special entry permit (visas) at the R.O.C. overseas mission before entry. 
3. Above mentioned regulations are ineligible for ABTC issued by Mainland China and Hong Kong.
 
 
Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

July 19, 2022
MOFA adjusts entry regulations for foreign nationals in response to the CECC's easing of border control measures

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that beginning July 25, 2022, entry restrictions to the Republic of China (Taiwan) will be further relaxed to allow foreign nationals to apply for a special entry permit (visa) for volunteer work, religious work, study of religious doctrine, internships, international exchanges, and the Working Holiday Schemes (Youth Mobility Programs).  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will adjust visa regulations accordingly. 

 

Currently, foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country for the purposes of visiting relatives, joining family, studying, learning Mandarin, conducting business, investing, fulfilling contractual obligations, and engaging in employment, as well as for emergency and humanitarian reasons and other special cases approved by the CECC. 

 

Foreign nationals wishing to visit Taiwan for the aforementioned purposes must prepare the relevant documents and apply for a special entry permit (visa) at an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission. (For further information, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website https://www.boca.gov.tw/np-137-2.html.)

 

Quarantine measures for foreign nationals are implemented in accordance with CECC quarantine regulations. Entry regulations are subject to change and may be adjusted based on pandemic developments. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


July 7, 2022
Effective immediately, cap of arrivals allowed per week increased to 40,000; starting July 14, R.O.C. nationals, ARC holders, transit passengers to be exempt from providing PCR test results within two days of their flight

On July 7, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will increase the total number of arrivals allowed entry every week to 40,000 beginning today and that, effective from 00:00 on July 14 (incoming flight's scheduled arrival time in Taiwan), R.O.C. nationals, Alien Resident Certificate holders, and transit passengers will be exempt from providing a result of a PCR test taken within two days of flight schedule time. However, those who test positive for COVID-19 abroad must wait over seven days from the specimen collection date to take a flight to Taiwan in order to maintain safety on the flight and epidemic prevention efforts in the community.

 The CECC stated that requirements with regard to the quarantine period, location, testing, home quarantine, and the self-initiated epidemic prevention period for arrivals remain unchanged, which are listed below:

 I. Quarantine period and location:
 A. The day of arrival counts as Day 0; a three-day quarantine and four-day self-initiated epidemic prevention following the end of quarantine are required.
 B. Epidemic prevention rules to follow during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period:
 1. Avoid going outside unless necessary.
 2. A negative result from an at-home rapid test taken within two days should be presented if an arrival needs to go out to work or buy daily necessities.
 3. Masks must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained.
 4. An arrival fulfilling business contractual obligations may go to work, conduct site visits, give a speech, or have a meeting, provided that a mask must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained.
 5. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained at work; masks can be temporarily removed when dining and should be put on after finishing dining.
 6. Avoid going to crowded venues or contact with nonspecific persons.
 7. An arrival fulfilling business contractual obligations may dine alone or with specific persons in a separate space in a restaurant, provided that table dividers must be installed or social distancing must be maintained.
 8. Non-urgent medical services or examinations should be postponed.
 C. An arrival should observe the rule of one person per residence in his or her quarantine location or stay in a quarantine hotel; in principle, the arrival should undergo the three-day quarantine and four-day self-initiated epidemic prevention in the same location. Furthermore, in consideration of shared living arrangements for migrant workers, fishermen, and students as well as their higher risk of cluster infection, regulatory authorities of respective businesses continue to be responsible for asking such individuals to complete their self-initiated epidemic prevention period in their quarantine location and not to attend classes, work, or go out unless necessary during the period.

 II. Testing measures:
 A. PCR testing: deep-throat saliva samples will be collected from arrivals for PCR testing at the airport/port of entry on the day of arrival (Day 0).
 B. At-home rapid tests: two rapid test kits will be given to arrivals aged 2 and older by workers at international airports/ports upon arrival; arrivals can use the test kits when symptoms occur during quarantine and before they go out for the first time during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period.

 III. Transportation from the place of arrival to the quarantine location: besides taking quarantine taxis, arrivals can get a ride from their friends, relatives, companies or organizations, and epidemic prevention measures for quarantine vehicles as well as other prevention protocols should be followed.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/W0PeXU928EGDh6jpHsEwGQ?typeid=158


June 11, 2022
Starting June 15, Taiwan to gradually ease border controls, shorten quarantine period, and control number of arrivals

On June 11, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will loosen the border restrictions listed below, effective from 00:00 on June 15, 2022 (incoming flight's scheduled arrival time in Taiwan), provided that control of the number of arrivals will be imposed.

I. Quarantine period and location:
A. The day of arrival counts as Day 0; a three-day home quarantine and four-day self-initiated epidemic prevention following the end of quarantine will be required. The previous seven-day self-health management will be terminated.
B. Epidemic prevention rules to follow during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period:
1. Avoid going outside unless necessary.
2. A negative result from an at-home rapid test taken within two days should be presented if an arrival needs to go out to work or buy daily necessities.
3. Masks must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained.
4. An arrival fulfilling business contractual obligations may go to work, conduct site visits, give a speech, or have a meeting, provided that a mask must be worn at all times when outside and social distancing must be maintained.
5. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained at work; masks can be temporarily removed when dining and should be put on after finishing dining.
6. Avoid going to crowded venues or contact with nonspecific persons.
7. An arrival fulfilling business contractual obligations may dine alone or with specific persons in a separate space in a restaurant provided that table dividers must be installed or social distancing must be maintained.
8. Non-urgent medical services or examinations should be postponed.
C. An arrival should observe the rule of one person per residence in his or her quarantine location or stay in a quarantine hotel; in principle, the arrival should undergo the three-day quarantine and four-day self-initiated epidemic prevention in the same location. Furthermore, in consideration of shared living arrangements for migrant workers, fishermen, and students and their higher risk of cluster infection, the regulatory authority of the respective business will ask such individuals to complete the self-initiated epidemic prevention period in their quarantine location and not to attend classes, work, or go out unless necessary during the period.

II. Testing measures:
A. Arrivals must present a COVID-19 PCR test result within two days before their scheduled flight to Taiwan.
B. PCR testing: deep-throat saliva samples will be collected from arrivals for PCR testing at the airport/port on the day of arrival (Day 0).
C. At-home rapid tests: two rapid test kits will be given to arrivals aged 2 and older by workers at international airports/ports upon arrival; arrivals can use the test kits when symptoms occur during quarantine and before they go out for the first time during the self-initiated epidemic prevention period.

III. Transportation from the place of arrival to the quarantine location: besides taking quarantine taxis, arrivals can get a ride from their friends, relatives, companies or organizations, and epidemic prevention measures for quarantine vehicles as well as other prevention protocols should be followed.

IV. Control on number of arrivals: in principle, a maximum limit of 25,000 arrivals per week will be set in the initial stage.

V: Transits allowed: the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications will put forth new measures for transit passengers and ensure epidemic prevention measures are followed.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/rYB7LWBxxycgJznNucXoiw?typeid=158


April 12, 2022
Foreign relatives of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals and Alien Resident Certificate holders may apply to enter Taiwan while strict border control measures remain in place

Considering the need for and right to family reunions of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals and Alien Resident Certificate holders residing in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), in coordination with other government agencies, announces that starting today, April 12, foreign relatives of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals and valid Alien Resident Certificate holders residing in Taiwan may apply to enter Taiwan. They may submit an application for a special entry permit (visitor visa) for the purpose of visiting relatives at R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions by presenting proof of relationship to R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals or Alien Resident Certificate holders residing in Taiwan. 

 

This arrangement comes in addition to the other purposes for entry to Taiwan currently allowed by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC)—i.e., joining family (foreign spouses and minors only), study (formal degree programs), studying Mandarin, business visits, investment, fulfilling contractual obligations, employment, emergencies, and on humanitarian grounds, and other cases given special approval by the CECC. 

 

For details on the documentation requirements, please refer to the Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage on visitor visas for visiting relatives (boca.gov.tw/cp-158-251-e78ef-2.html). Individuals previously issued with special entry permits (visas) for visiting relatives purpose with expiry dates between May 19 and August 18, 2021, may apply, free of charge, for a new visa of the same purpose and type at the same R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission. Visa-exempt entry, visa on arrival, and e-visa services remain suspended.

 

These regulations are subject to change and may be adjusted based on pandemic developments. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


March 11, 2022
Ukrainian relatives of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals and Ukrainian ARC holders in Taiwan are eligible to apply for the Special Entry Permit (Visa) for visiting relatives

In light of the situation in Ukraine and in the spirit of humanitarianism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), following coordination with other related government agencies, announces that Ukrainian relatives of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals and Ukrainian Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) holders residing in Taiwan will be eligible to apply for the special entry permit (visa) for the purpose of visiting relatives for Taiwan to visit relatives. Ukrainian relatives may submit such an application at R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions by presenting a valid Ukrainian passport and proof of relationship to R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals or Ukrainian ARC holders residing in Taiwan.

This arrangement comes in addition to other purposes for entry to Taiwan currently allowed by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC)—i.e., joining family (foreign spouses and minors only), study (formal degree programs), studying Mandarin, business visits, investment, fulfilling contractual obligations, employment, emergencies and on humanitarian grounds, and other cases given special approval by the CECC. 

For more details on required documentation, as well as contact information of R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions, please refer to the pages on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website on visitor visas for visiting relatives (boca.gov.tw/cp-158-251-e78ef-2.html) and missions abroad (https://www.boca.gov.tw/sp-foof-countrylp-01-2.html).

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


February 24, 2022
MOFA relaxes regulations for foreign business travelers entering Taiwan beginning March 7, 2022, in line with CECC directives

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on February 24 that starting on March 7, 2022, Taiwan will allow foreign business travelers to enter Taiwan for the purposes of business visits, investment, the fulfillment of contractual obligations, and employment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will adjust entry regulations for foreign business travelers accordingly. 

Foreign business travelers must prepare related documentation before applying for a special entry permit (visa) at an R.O.C. overseas mission (relevant information can be found at https://www.boca.gov.tw/np-137-2.html). Individuals previously issued with special entry permits (visas) for business purposes with expiry dates between May 19 and August 18, 2021, may apply, free of charge, for a new visa of the same purpose and type at the R.O.C. overseas mission that issued the original by providing related documentation. Visa-exempt entry, visa on arrival, and e-visa services remain suspended.

Foreign business travelers holding a valid APEC Business Travel Card may enter Taiwan after the border control authority reviews proof or documentations of business activities in Taiwan. 

These regulations are subject to change and may be adjusted based on pandemic developments. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


December 30, 2021
Ministry of Labor announced to lift the entry ban on foreign migrant workers from Thailand; R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions to process related visa applications

The Ministry of Labor (MOL) has lifted  the entry ban on foreign migrant workers from Thailand starting December 30, 2021.
 
In cooperating with the implementation of the aforementioned policy announced by MOL, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas offices will begin processing related Thai migrant worker visa applications starting December 30, 2021, in line with MOL guidelines for selective entry as well as existing visa regulations for migrant workers. Anti-pandemic documentation, entry priority and PCR tests, as well as measures concerning post-entry quarantine, for incoming workers are subject to the CECC and the MOL’s arrangements.
 
To ease the burden on both employers and employees and to meet pressing domestic demand, the validity of Thai migrant worker visas that expired between May 19, 2021 and August 19, 2021 will be automatically extended to May 31, 2022. Such migrant workers do not need to apply for a new visa.
 
Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA will announce the handling of visas for migrant workers from other countries after the Ministry of Labor releases relevant timetables.

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


December 27, 2021
In response to rapid spread of Omicron variant, COVID-19 RT-PCR test reports required for inbound passengers must be issued within two days which is based on specimen collection date

On December 27, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting 00:00 on January 4, 2022 (departure date), the 3-day period of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report required for inbound passengers prior to boarding will be changed to "two days," which will be calculated based on the "specimen collection date" instead of the test report date; the newly revised two-day period will be based on the incoming flight's scheduled departure time at the place of departure, that is, counting two calendar days backwards from the incoming flight's scheduled departure time (excluding the flight date). Passengers are urged to ensure their COVID-19 RT-PCR test report meets the above-mentioned requirements before boarding.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/n_PlQtV-5AjAKAofvmUgBA?typeid=158


December 3, 2021
Update information of special entry permit application amid strict border controls

According to the current policy from the CECC, only overseas students, Indonesian migrant workers, spouses and minor children of R.O.C.(Taiwan) nationals, spouses and minor children of Resident Certificate holders(migrant workers and students excluded), and persons admitted for special humanitarian or diplomatic reasons will be allowed to apply for a special entry permit visa. R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions will review related qualified applications accordingly.

 

Source: Central Epidemic Command Center


November 11, 2021
CECC approves selective entry of foreign migrant workers while strict border control measures remain in place; R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions to process related visa applications

Considering that the domestic COVID-19 situation has stabilized, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has decided to allow the selective entry of foreign migrant workers starting November 11, 2021, to help address industry and care needs while continuing to ensure antipandemic measures are implemented. Given that Indonesia has comprehensive procedures in place to control the pandemic, and pledged strict oversight to ensure that foreign labor brokers abide by related measures, the Republic of China (Taiwan) has therefore agreed to first open up to Indonesian workers into the country.
 

In cooperating with the implementation of the aforementioned CECC decision and Ministry of Labor (MOL) policy, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas offices will begin processing related visa applications from Indonesian workers starting today (November 11), in line with MOL guidelines for selective entry as well as existing visa regulations for migrant workers. Anti-pandemic documentation, entry priority and PCR tests, as well as measures concerning post-entry quarantine, for incoming workers are subject to the CECC and the MOL’s arrangements.
 

To ease the burden on both employers and employees and to meet pressing domestic demand, Indonesian workers holding visas that expired between December 4, 2020 and May 4, 2021 will have their visa validity automatically extended through May 31, 2022. Such individuals do not need to apply for a new visa at an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas office.
 

MOFA will announce the handling of visas for migrant workers from other countries after the Ministry of Labor releases relevant timetables. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


September 13, 2021
CECC announces that foreign spouses and minor children of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals may apply to enter Taiwan while strict border controls remain in place; overseas missions to process related visa applications

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic situation has stabilized in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), considering the strong demand for the families of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals to be reunited and seeking to safeguard the right to family reunification, announced on September 13 that it would allow foreign spouses of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals who have completed marriage procedures and their minor children to apply to enter Taiwan while strict border controls remain in place.
 
In cooperating with the CECC’s border control measures, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions will process visa applications for the foreign spouses and minor children of R.O.C. (Taiwan) nationals in accordance with the prevailing regulations applicable to visa applications for such individuals. The quarantine measures for such individuals entering Taiwan will be subject to the CECC’s quarantine regulations.
 
Individuals who have a spousal or dependent visa (marked TS or TC) that expired in the period from May 19 to September 13 this year will be granted an automatic visa extension until December 31, 2021. They do not need to re-apply for a special entry permit visa. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


September 13, 2021
To safeguard right to family reunification, Taiwan to allow foreign spouses and underage children of R.O.C. nationals to apply to enter Taiwan amid current strict border controls

On September 13, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that in consideration of stabilized pandemic situation in Taiwan, starting today, it will allow foreign spouses who have completed required marriage legal procedures with R.O.C. nationals and their underage children to apply to enter Taiwan during the effective period of strict border control measures, and will authorize R.O.C. overseas missions under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to accept and process the said groups' applications for a dependent visa or a visitor visa for visiting relatives.

Individuals who have a dependent visa, originally effective from May 19 to September 13, will be granted an automatic visa extension until December 31, 2021.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/Pr0zLYxcQt6fVW3w9qANyw?typeid=158


August 21, 2021
CECC restarts entry program for overseas students on a case-by-case basis as pandemic continues to subside in Taiwan

On August 21, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that as the pandemic has continued to subside in Taiwan and the 2021 school semester is about to start, after evaluation, it will allow again overseas students pursuing degrees and the recipients of the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship in the new semester to apply to enter Taiwan.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/2vSnzkjn0eqqjRSlhgakKg?typeid=158


July 26, 2021
R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions will continue to halt the processing of visa applications in accordance with strict border control measures imposed by the CECC

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced today that strict border control measures will remain in place after the nationwide epidemic alert is lowered to Level 2 starting July 27. The continued implementation of these measures is based on the resurgence of COVID-19 infections and the ongoing transmission of the Delta variant around the world and reflects Taiwan’s determination to remain vigilant. The measures aim to prevent increased pressure from imported cases on Taiwan’s quarantine and antipandemic capacity and medical resources. Accordingly, entry to Taiwan will continue to be suspended for foreign nationals not holding a valid R.O.C. (Taiwan) Resident Certificate. Exceptions are being considered on a case-by-case basis for emergencies and on humanitarian grounds.

In line with this antipandemic policy, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions will continue to halt the processing of visa applications. Entry has also been suspended for persons holding a valid visitor visa or resident visa. Foreign nationals requiring entry to Taiwan for emergencies or on humanitarian grounds, such as attending a funeral or visiting a critically ill family member, must receive special permission from the CECC before applying for a special entry permit visa from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) mission.

For foreign nationals whose special entry permit visa expires while the strict border control measures are in place, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will adopt appropriate coordinating measures in accordance with the CECC’s border control adjustments.

The abovementioned measures may be adjusted by the CECC at any time in line with domestic and overseas pandemic developments and community-based antipandemic policy. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


July 16, 2021
CECC continues to monitor spread of Delta variant around the world; CECC adds Myanmar to its list of "key high-risk countries" starting 00:00 on July 18

On July 16, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that given the COVID-19 situation and the risk of infection in Myanmar, it has added Myanmar to its list of "key high-risk countries". Starting 00:00 on July 18 (time of arrival in Taiwan), people entering Taiwan via airport or port who have visited Myanmar in the last 14 days (transits included) will be required to quarantine in group quarantine facilities for 14 days after arrival and to undergo PCR tests for COVID-19 upon checking in at group quarantine facilities and at the end of their quarantine period; they will also be required to take a COVID-19 test using a home test kit between the 10th and 12th day of their quarantine period. Such persons will not be required to pay group quarantine facility accommodation and testing fees. Furthermore, quarantine measures remain the same for flight crew members of Taiwanese airlines returning to Taiwan from "key high-risk countries"; such crew members shall undergo quarantine in a quarantine hotel or a company dormitory that meets related regulations for 14 days and take a PCR test at the end of their quarantine period.

The CECC pointed out that the list of "key high-risk countries" currently includes the following eight countries: Brazil (Gamma variant), India, the UK, Peru, Israel, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and, newly added to the list, Myanmar (Delta variant).

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/fstiNzx6tfLeO_24uHyZZw?typeid=158


July 1, 2021
In response to spread of Delta variant globally, Taiwan to tighten health monitoring measures for people entering Taiwan via airport/port starting 12:00 pm on July 2

On July 1, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting 12:00 pm on July 2 (time of arrival in Taiwan), it will tighten health monitoring measures for people entering Taiwan via airport/port. Details about such measures are listed below.
 
A. Arriving travelers who have visited key high-risk countries in the past 14 days, after they enter Taiwan via airport or port, will be required to quarantine in group quarantine facilities for 14 days, with accommodation fees paid by the government, and undergo PCR tests for COVID-19 upon checking in at group quarantine facilities and at the end of their quarantine period. Furthermore, such travelers will be required to take a rapid home test between the 10th day and 12th day of their quarantine period.
 B. Arriving travelers who have not visited key high-risk countries in the past 14 days will be required to take a deep-throat saliva test and a PCR test upon arrival at an airport or a port in Taiwan and to take a quarantine vehicle to a quarantine hotel or a group quarantine facility where they plan to complete quarantine at their own expense for the 14-day quarantine after taking the tests; such travelers shall also undergo a PCR test before the end of their quarantine (between the 12th and 14th day of the quarantine period) and take a rapid home test between the 10th day and 12th day of their quarantine period.
 C. All arriving travelers testing positive for COVID-19 will be subjected to genome sequencing.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/FEq_1cKkRDoHZTPRTAGgDQ?typeid=158


 

June 27, 2021
In response to spread of Delta variant globally, travelers arriving in Taiwan must take quarantine vehicles to their quarantine location from airport starting June 27

On June 27, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that in response to the spread of the Delta variant globally and its high transmissibility, starting today, travelers arriving in Taiwan from countries other than the seven key high-risk countries (Brazil, India, the UK, Peru, Israel, Indonesia, and Bangladesh), are required to take quarantine vehicles arranged by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to go to group quarantine facilities from the airport. Travelers arriving in Taiwan from countries other than the seven high-risk countries should take quarantine vehicles at their own expense or drive themselves to quarantine hotels or group quarantine facilities where they plan to stay at their own expense. The CECC emphasized that friends and relatives of travelers arriving in Taiwan should refrain from meeting them at the airport and driving them to their quarantine location to reduce virus transmission.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/z5jLbqfeiVRbY3ECrhmhEg?typeid=158


June 26, 2021
Group quarantine facilities available for arrivals from countries other than high-risk countries at their own expense

On June 26, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting June 27, travelers arriving in Taiwan from countries other than the seven countries at high risk of COVID-19 variants (Brazil, India, the UK, Peru, Israel, Indonesia, and Bangladesh), including those who have visited the countries in the past 14 days and those who have transited in the countries, will be allowed to stay in group quarantine facilities at their own expense. Such travelers can book a group quarantine facility room starting 20:00 on June 26.

The CECC pointed out the cost to stay at the facilities is NT$ 2,000 per night per person, and children under age of 12 can stay in the same room as one of their parents free of charge. Moreover, the location of the group quarantine facility where an individual stays should be assigned by the CECC.

The CECC reminds members of the public who wish to quarantine at group quarantine facilities to make a reservation on the Quarantine System for Entry. Those making a reservation should book a group quarantine facility room and make payment on the Quarantine System for Entry 48 hours prior to their incoming flight's scheduled arrival time to have a reservation code that should be provided for entry.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/Sz-xhhsYnFP85zua7fEVLQ?typeid=158


June 25, 2021
In response to spread of Delta variant globally, Taiwan to strengthen quarantine measures for arrivals starting June 27

On June 25, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting 00:00 on June 27 (time of arrival in Taiwan), quarantine measures for arriving travelers will be strengthened as the Delta variant continues to spread globally and is highly transmissible. Details about strengthened quarantine measures are listed below.

A. Travelers arriving in Taiwan from "key high-risk countries"(including those who have visited those countries in the past 14 days and those who have transited in those countries): after they enter Taiwan via airport or port, such travelers will be required to quarantine in group quarantine facilities for 14 days and undergo PCR tests for COVID-19 upon checking in at group quarantine facilities and at the end of their quarantine period; such travelers are not required to pay group quarantine facility accommodation and testing fees. Currently, "key high-risk countries" include Brazil, India, the UK, Peru, Israel, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

B. Travelers arriving Taiwan from countries other than the seven countries will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel or a group quarantine facility at their own expense for 14 days after arrival; they shall also undergo a PCR test before the end of their quarantine period.

C. Flight crew members of Taiwanese airlines, after returning to Taiwan from "key high-risk countries", shall undergo home quarantine for 14 days and take a PCR test at the end of their quarantine period; they shall also stay in a quarantine hotel or a company dormitory that meets related regulations.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/Kv_CAyPGVhXXkntQgLsGNA?typeid=158


June 11, 2021
R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions to halt processing of visa applications during Taiwan’s nationwide Level 3 epidemic alert in accordance with strict border control measures imposed by CECC

 

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced today that strict border control measures will continue to be implemented during Taiwan’s nationwide Level 3 epidemic alert. In accordance with these measures, entry to Taiwan has been suspended for foreign nationals not holding a valid R.O.C. (Taiwan) Resident Certificate. Exceptions are being considered on a case-by-case basis for emergencies and on humanitarian grounds.

In line with this antipandemic policy, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions are halting the processing of visa applications during the nationwide Level 3 epidemic alert. Entry has also been suspended for persons holding a valid visitor visa or resident visa. Foreign nationals requiring entry to Taiwan for emergencies or on humanitarian grounds, such as attending a funeral or visiting a critically ill family member, must receive special permission from the CECC before applying for a special entry permit visa from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) mission.

The abovementioned measures may be adjusted by the CECC at any time in accordance with the status of the pandemic and associated operations. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


May 17, 2021
MOFA to halt processing of visa applications in accordance with CECC suspension of entry to Taiwan from May 19 to June 18 for foreign nationals not holding a valid R.O.C. (Taiwan) Resident Certificate

 

Considering the recent escalation of COVID-19 cases internationally and within Taiwan, and to safeguard domestic antipandemic security and protect people’s health, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on May 17 that entry to Taiwan will be suspended from 00:00 on May 19 (local time of departure) to June 18 for foreign nationals not holding a valid R.O.C. (Taiwan) Resident Certificate. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for emergencies and on humanitarian grounds.
 
In accordance with the CECC’s antipandemic policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will halt processing of visa applications. Entry will also be suspended for persons holding a valid visitor visa or resident visa. Foreign nationals requiring entry to Taiwan for emergencies or on humanitarian grounds, such as attending a funeral or visiting a critically ill family member, must receive special permission from the CECC before applying for a special entry permit visa from the Taiwan offices in their home country.
 
The abovementioned measures may be adjusted by the CECC at any time in accordance with the status of the pandemic and associated operations. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


May 3, 2021
Starting May 4, Taiwan to impose entry ban on travelers with history of travel to India, except for R.O.C. nationals and non-R.O.C. nationals with ARC; returning R.O.C. nationals and non-R.O.C. nationals with ARC must be quarantined at group quarantine facilities and undergo testing

 

On May 3, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that beginning 00:00 am on May 4 (arrival time), R.O.C. nationals and non-R.O.C. nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) who have traveled to India in the past 14 days (those who have transited in India included) would be required to stay at group quarantine facilities and undergo COVID-19 testing after arrival in Taiwan; R.O.C. nationals and ARC holders will be given another COVID-19 test before completing the quarantine period. After they test negative, they must continue to complete a 7-day self-health management. Furthermore, non-R.O.C. nationals without an ARC will be temporarily barred from entering Taiwan.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/5SvZG7kVzekKR2FAh6pbDg?typeid=158




April 7, 2021
Starting April 10, Taiwan to again allow arriving travelers with history of travel to the UK, South Africa or Eswatini to undergo quarantine at quarantine hotels or follow one person per residence requirement and quarantine at home

 

On April 7, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting from April 10, 2021, 00:00 am (arrival time), travelers who have traveled to the United Kingdom, Republic of South Africa, or the Kingdom of Eswatini in the past 14 days (travelers who have transited in those countries included) would not be required to stay at group quarantine facilities after arrival in Taiwan; such travelers may undergo the 14-day quarantine at a quarantine hotel or follow the one person per residence requirement to quarantine at their residence. The CECC's decision allows arriving travelers from the three countries to abide by the same measures as travelers from countries under Level 3 travel notice. After the 14-day quarantine period, they are still required to practice an additional 7-day self-health management.

Before boarding the flight to Taiwan, all travelers must provide a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report issued within three days prior to the flight schedule time; travelers coming to Taiwan must arrange a place (a quarantine hotel or a residence that meets one person per residence requirement) where they can undergo quarantine. Also, they must log into the Quarantine System for Entry to complete the online health declaration and make an affidavit stating they have met related regulations. Entry and quarantine measures will be adjusted on a rolling basis based on the status of the pandemic and effectiveness of the new policy.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/RzKhFZlmFhpmX7rRTMpvLQ?typeid=158




February 25, 2021
MOFA announces adjustments to regulations for foreign nationals entering Taiwan beginning March 1, 2021, in line with the continuation of CECC Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program

 

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on February 24, 2021, that implementation of the Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program (2020/12/01-2021/2/28) will be continued until further notice, but that entry regulations will be adjusted. In accordance with the decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will update regulations concerning the entry of foreign nationals into the Republic of China (Taiwan). Beginning March 1, 2021, foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit with an R.O.C. overseas mission by submitting relevant documents and forms. However, the entry of foreign students will still be based on regulations of the Ministry of Education. (Please note that currently only students in formal degree programs in Taiwan and recipients of the MOFA Taiwan Scholarship attending the Mandarin Language Enrichment Program may enter the country.)

To continue to safeguard domestic antipandemic efforts, all inbound and transit travelers to Taiwan are required to provide a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report issued within three working days of their incoming flight's scheduled departure time. Travelers should also log into the Quarantine System for Entry ( https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/ ), use their mobile phone to fill out the health declaration form prior to their departure, and make an affidavit stating that the location of their intended 14-day home quarantine in Taiwan (to be conducted in a quarantine hotel or in a home with one person per residence) meets relevant regulations. These conditions are subject to change and may be adjusted as circumstances require.

> Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-6342-02525-2.html

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




January 13, 2021
In response to the continued severity of COVID-19 and the new coronavirus strain found in South Africa, travelers who have history of travel to South Africa or Eswatini in the past 14 days will be required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities after arrival in Taiwan starting January 14

 

On January 13, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting from January 14, 2021, 00:00 am (arrival time), travelers who have traveled to the Republic of South Africa or the Kingdom of Eswatini in the past 14 days (travelers who have transited in those two countries included) would be required to stay at group quarantine facilities after arrival in Taiwan and to receive COVID-19 testing, abiding by the same entry and quarantine measures for travelers arriving from the UK or those who have history of travel to the UK in the past 14 days. Moreover, those travelers will be given another COVID-19 test before completing the quarantine period. After they test negative, they will be required to complete the subsequent 7-day period of self-health management. Such travelers do not need to pay for group quarantine accommodation fees.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/jaabKFtUUyKI13RPcq3Yow?typeid=158




December 30, 2020
CECC announces adjustments to regulations for foreign nationals entering Taiwan beginning January 1, 2021, in response to continued spread of COVID-19 pandemic

 

Given the continued severity of COVID-19 worldwide and in order to secure domestic antipandemic efforts and ensure public health, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announces that beginning January 1, 2021, at 00:00 (local time at the airport of departure), entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for foreign nationals will be tightened. Foreign nationals meeting the criteria below will be allowed entry:

  1. Alien Resident Certificate holders;
  2. personnel on diplomatic or official business, persons who can prove they are fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations, or persons admitted for special humanitarian reasons;
  3. spouses and minor children of R.O.C. nationals or Alien Resident Certificate holders;
  4. other persons  requiring special permission.

 
The aforementioned persons requiring special permission refer to those who have received approval from R.O.C. central competent authorities or agencies, such as white-collar workers, migrant workers, and foreign students.
In addition, foreign nationals who obtained special entry permits on or before December 30, 2020, from R.O.C. overseas missions will still be allowed entry.
Beginning January 15, 2021, at 00:00, apart from the original requirement of providing a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report issued within three days of boarding, arriving travelers must also provide proof of the location of their intended quarantine. In principle, travelers should quarantine at a group quarantine facility or quarantine hotel; those who choose to quarantine at home must sign an affidavit declaring they have met the requirement of one person per residence. The CECC will further adjust entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in response to global pandemic developments and the effectiveness of antipandemic measures. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




December 30, 2020
CECC imposes entry restrictions and quarantine measures for non-R.O.C. nationals starting from January 1, 2021, and tightens quarantine measures for travelers coming to Taiwan starting on January 15, 2021

 

On December 30, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has continued to spread around the globe. The CECC stated that in consideration of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, Taiwan would impose entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for non-R.O.C. nationals, effective from 00:00 am (local time at the airport of departure) on January 1, 2021, and Taiwan would strengthen quarantine measures form travelers coming to Taiwan, effective from 00:00 am on January 15, 2021.
Details about entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for non-R.O.C. nationals are listed below.


A. Non-R.O.C. nationals may enter Taiwan if they meet the following conditions:

  1. Foreign nationals: foreign nationals may enter Taiwan if they hold an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC); for diplomatic or official business; to fulfill contractual obligations; for special humanitarian reasons; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an R.O.C. national; or when they obtain other special permission.
  2. Hong Kong and Macao residents: Hong Kong and Macao residents may enter Taiwan may enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; to fulfill contractual obligations; as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an R.O.C. national; or when they obtain permission under special programs.
  3. People from Mainland China: people from Mainland China may enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an R.O.C. national; or when they obtain permission under special programs.


B. Travelers transiting through Taiwan are temporarily prohibited.


C. Short-term business travelers eligible for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan, except for those who have obtained permission for their application, are now required to complete the 14-day home quarantine.


D. Suspending acceptance of entry applications for international medical care purpose. Special cases or emergency medical care cases are not subject to this rule.

The CECC also stated that it would tighten home quarantine measures for travelers entering Taiwan starting from January 15, 2021. Apart from the original requirement of providing a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report issued within three days of boarding, arriving travelers shall also provide proof of the place of quarantine where travelers stay to undergo quarantine (in principle, the place shall be a group quarantine facility or quarantine hotel; those who choose to undergo quarantine at home shall make an affidavit to declare they have met the requirement of one person per residence). Entry quarantine measures will be adjusted on a rolling basis depending on the status of the pandemic and implementation of those measures.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control




December 22, 2020
The pandemic continues to spread and a new coronavirus strain is detected in the UK; Starting from December 23, arrivals from the UK and travelers who have history of travel to the UK in the past 14 days are required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities

 

On December 22, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) accelerated in the United Kingdom recently, which has become worse with a mutant strain of the virus first detected in September in the country. The UK authorities pointed out that the new strain can be up to 70% more transmissible than the original strain.

To avoid adverse impacts caused by the developments, the CECC announced that the number of passenger flights flying between Taipei and London would be decreased by half, effective from 00:00 am on December 23, and all of the flights would be operated by China Airlines this week (flights operated by EVA Air this week have been cancelled). The Civil Aeronautics Administration will coordinate the subsequent flights operated by the two airlines alternately for the following weeks. Furthermore, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the United Kingdom and those who have traveled to the United Kingdom in the past 14 days are required to proceed to group quarantine facilities to undergo quarantine for 14 days after entry. Before they complete the quarantine period, they will be tested for COVID-19. Additionally, flight crew and cabin crew members are also required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days; before they complete the home quarantine period, they will be tested for COVID-19, and they are allowed to enter the community after obtaining a negative test result and conducting the 7-day self-health management. If dormitories of airline companies can't follow related management measures, such flight crew and cabin crew members shall stay at quarantine hotels for quarantine.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/GG7jcHMmpCl3_6qRVc2Arw?typeid=158




December 3, 2020
CECC provides clarification on the media report concerning Taiwan nationals stranded at airports due to the Ministry of Health and Welfare's English press release

 

Regarding the news report of "Taiwan nationals stranded at airports due to the Ministry of Health and Welfare's English press release", the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) explains that the term "RT-PCR" mentioned in the news report is the most commonly used technique in COVID-19 nucleic acid testing, and it is a widely used name for COVID-19 nucleic acid testing around the world. As the CECC implemented entry measures in July 2020, requiring foreign nationals to provide a COVID-19 nucleic acid test report before entry into Taiwan, the term "COVID-19 RT-PCR test" is used as the English translation of the name for the testing in the English version of a dedicated COVID-19 section on the website of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC). To avoid misunderstanding caused by differences in testing techniques or names used by laboratories in each country, the CECC has included the names of COVID-19 nucleic acid testing noted on test reports by foreign countries, which can be accepted by Taiwan, in the FAQs on Taiwan CDC's website; these names include the following: PCR, Real-Time PCR, RT-PCR, RT-qPCR (Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR), NAA (Nucleic acid Amplification), NAAT (Nucleic acid Amplification Test), NAT (Nucleic acid Test), LAMP (Loop/Mediated isothermal Amplification), or Molecular Diagnostics, or others. The Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program is formulated in accordance with such principles, and the contents of this prevention program are available to the public and can be viewed in full on the dedicated COVID-19 section.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/HRUp1y5mUwGfw93CrTvttA?typeid=158




November 25, 2020
Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program will be implemented on December 1 and travelers must provide a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result; travelers can be exempted from such a test result under three circumstances

 

Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program will be implemented on December 1 and travelers must provide a COVID-19 nucleic acid test (such as PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, NAT, or others) report; travelers can be exempted from such a test report under three circumstances
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On November 25, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that the Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program would be implemented starting from December 1, and under this program, travelers shall present a COVID-19 nucleic acid test (such as PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, NAT, or others) report result report issued within three days prior to boarding the flight to Taiwan.

Regarding the prevention program, the CECC announced more details. In cases where travelers are unable to provide a COVID-19 nucleic acid test (such as PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, NAT, or others) report issued within three days prior to boarding, such travelers are not subject to penalty if they fail to provide such a test report under the three circumstances listed below. The provision is applicable to Taiwan nationals, foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), Hong Kong and Macao residents with an ARC; it is not applicable to transit passengers in Taiwan. The above-mentioned three circumstances are as follows:

  1. Emergency situations: for example, if the traveler comes to Taiwan for reasons including attending a funeral of a deceased first or second degree relative, visiting a first or second relative with serious illness, or seeking emergency medical treatment, the traveler shall voluntarily make an affidavit and prepare supporting documents (a death certificate, notice of critical condition, and certificate of diagnosis, and so on) when checking in with the airline and shall be seated in a designated area on the flight as arranged by the airline; upon arrival, the traveler shall undergo the specimen collection procedure for COVID-19 testing at his or her own expense.
  2. The traveler arrives from a country where self-paid COVID-19 tests are not available: if the traveler comes from countries in Oceania such as Tuvalu, Niue, Fiji, and Tonga, or other countries, the traveler shall voluntarily make an affidavit and shall be seated in a designated area on the flight as arranged by the airline; upon arrival, the traveler shall undergo the specimen collection procedure for COVID-19 testing at his or her own expense.
  3. Programs managed by relevant ministries and agencies and approved by the CECC: if the traveler comes to Taiwan for necessary and short-term official business or business purposes and has taken appropriate disease prevention measures before arriving in Taiwan, the traveler shall voluntarily make an affidavit and prepare supporting documents which prove relevant authorities' approval when checking in with the airline and shall be seated in a designated area on the flight as arranged by the airline; upon arrival, the traveler shall observe prevention and quarantine measures approved under the program of the ministry or agency.

The CECC explained that if travelers are unable to provide a COVID-19 nucleic acid test (such as PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, NAT, or others) report issued with three days of boarding and come to Taiwan without meeting the above-mentioned requirements, such travelers shall still sit in a designated area on the flight as arranged by the airline they fly with and shall undergo the specimen collection procedure at their own expense upon arrival; moreover, such travelers may not apply for disease prevention compensation after entry. They are also subject to a fine between NT$10,000 to NT$150,000 pursuant to Articles 58 and 69 of the Communicable Disease Control Act. If such travelers are diagnosed with COVID-19 and are at risk of infecting others, related criminal liability shall also be imposed on such travelers.
 

Links: Travelers who cannot present COVID-19 nucleic acid test reports prior to boarding
 

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/T0kixAYVcRWUdJ8vi5Nabg?typeid=158




November 18, 2020
Fall-winter COVID-19 prevention program to be launched on December 1; CECC urges the public and healthcare facilities to follow related measures

 

Fall-Winter COVID-19 prevention program to be launched on December 1; CECC urges the public and healthcare facilities to follow related measures
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On November 18, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it would launch the Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program on December 1 to enhance border quarantine control and to strengthen community prevention and medical response measures. The CECC urges the public and medical institutions to follow these measures. 
Program details are listed below.

A.    Border quarantine: all travelers coming to Taiwan and transit passengers are required to provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding the flight to Taiwan.

Starting from December 1, 2020, until February 28, 2021 (local time at the place of departure), travelers arriving at airports in Taiwan or transit passengers at airports in Taiwan, regardless of nationality (Taiwanese nationals or foreign nationals) or travel purpose (studies, work, diplomatic or official business, or others) are all required to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days (working days) of boarding before they are allowed to board their flight to Taiwan. After travelers arrive in Taiwan, if following investigations find that travelers have provided a false or an incorrect test result or they refuse, evade or obstruct the related quarantine measures, such travelers may face a fine of between NT$10,000 to NT$150,000 according to Articles 58 and 69 of the Communicable Disease Control Act. Furthermore, the criminal liability of the Offenses of Forging Instruments or Seals may be imposed on such travelers for their act of providing a false or an incorrect test result.

The CECC stated that a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result must be issued by a medical institution deemed qualified by the local government in the traveler's place of departure. In principle, such a certificate shall be written in English, Chinese, or both Chinese and English (bilingual version). Such a certificate shall include the following information: the name on the passport of the traveler, the date of birth or passport number of the traveler, specimen collection date and test report date, the virus name, testing method, and the result. Related details and measures to comply with are listed below.

  1. In situations where the traveler provides a French- or Spanish-language certificate, other than Chinese or English, of a negative COVID-19 test result, if the certificate is in the official language of the place of departure, and ground personnel of the airline is capable of assisting in the inspection of the content, the certificate may be accepted.
  2. The three-day period of such a certificate means three working days and is counted from the test report date; therefore, national holidays in the country/region where the traveler takes the COVID-19 test may be excluded.
  3. Such a certificate, whether it is the original copy, a photocopy, or an electronic file, can be accepted as long as the content and necessary fields on it are clear, identifiable and correct.
  4. The testing method of a negative test result should be a nucleic acid test (such as PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, NAT, or others), a molecular biology technique for testing; Immunoserologic testing, which detects the presence of any antigens (Ag) or antibodies (IgG or IgM) in blood, does not meet the requirements set forth in this program.

B.    Community prevention: people must wear masks in eight types of public venues, and violators who refuse to comply after being advised could be penalized according to laws.

From December 1, people must wear masks in the following eight types of public venues: healthcare facilities, public transportation, places of consumption, learning places, sports and exhibition venues, entertainment venues, religious and worship places, offices and business venues. Members of the public who do not wear a face mask as required and refuse to wear a mask after being advised to do so will be fined not less than NT$3,000 and no more than NT$15,000 according to Subparagraph 6, Paragraph 1, Article 37 of the Communicable Disease Control Act by the local government. If people need to dine at the above-mentioned public venues, as long as social distancing is maintained or partitions are installed inside those locations, people can take off their masks temporarily while eating.
In outdoor venues where large crowds gather or in public large-scale outdoor events, proprietors or management units of such venues are advised to manage and control crowds based on the total number of people at these venues.

C.    Medical response: strengthen case reporting and specimen collection procedures, and formulate incentive indicators.

The CECC pointed out that it considered strengthening case reporting and specimen collection procedures to be an important prevention strategy under the Fall-Winter COVID-19 Prevention Program and it has made four key measures. The four key measures are as follows: 1. healthcare facilities execute their duty of reporting cases of statutory notifiable disease; 2. draw up an indicator of incentives for case reporting and specimen collection, that is, strengthening screening for patients with pneumonia at the outpatient department and emergency department of hospitals in communities; 3. draw up the incentive indicator of strengthening screening for hospitalized patients; 4 draw up the incentive indicator of strengthening health monitoring for healthcare personnel.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/KIUJU0aZex70DPFUN3d66w?typeid=158




November 4, 2020
Starting from November 9, asymptomatic arrivals from Philippines are required to observe 14-day home quarantine and 7-day self-health management measures


Taiwan imposed the mandatory group quarantine measure on travelers visiting Taiwan from the Philippines on September 24, requiring those travelers to follow the specimen collection procedure upon arrival, to complete the quarantine period at a group quarantine facility, and to undergo another second specimen collection before the end of the quarantine period.

Considering that the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down in the Philippines, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on November 4 that the entry quarantine measure for arrivals from the Philippines would become the same as that for other travelers coming to Taiwan from countries listed at the Level 3 travel notice. Related details are listed below.

  1. Travelers who have developed symptoms in the past 14 days prior to entry into Taiwan (those who have taken medication included) shall voluntarily notify airport quarantine officers of their symptoms and observe the specimen collection procedure or other necessary quarantine measures.
  2. Travelers without symptoms shall return to home or go to a quarantine hotel for a 14-day home quarantine period as required. After completing the home quarantine period, travelers shall practice self-health management for 7 days.
  3. Entry measures for migrant workers, foreign students, and other personnel whose entry is supervised by the competent authority are managed in accordance with related management measures issued by the CECC.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/AQsGtw9Q38RgLHzb7TgbeA?typeid=158




July 24, 2020
Starting from July 26, travelers arriving in Taiwan from Philippines must undergo COVID-19 testing at airports and observe quarantine measures

 

On July 24, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to rage in the Philippines. Furthermore, of 11 imported cases confirmed in Taiwan from June, six are linked to the Philippines. To protect public health, the CECC announced that starting from July 26, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines must follow related quarantine measures which are listed below.
1. Taiwanese nationals and certain foreign nationals (foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa, migrant workers, foreign students, and foreign diplomats) must, whether they have symptoms or not, have their specimens collected at the airport upon entry into the country. Those who have symptoms shall be transported to a group quarantine facility to await test results; asymptomatic individuals shall undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine at home or at a quarantine hotel.
2. Foreign nationals without an Alien Resident Certificate must provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of boarding before they are allowed to board their flight or their transit flight, or to enter Taiwan. Those who wish to enter Taiwan must also undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entry into the country.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/gyyHQjWwDqMZ8lzkkZBi2A?typeid=158




July 22, 2020
Starting from August 1, Taiwan to conditionally allow foreign nationals to receive medical treatment in Taiwan

 

On July 22, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that international patients may, except for non-urgent medical care needs including health checkups, and aesthetic medicine, provide relevant documents to medical institutions to apply for receiving medical care in Taiwan starting from August 1. The Ministry of Health and Welfare (the MOHW) will make the final decision on applications after reviewing the necessity, continuity, and risk of the treatment for applicants, in a bid to ensure foreign nationals can receive medical care in Taiwan.

The CECC stated that foreign nationals who wish to visit Taiwan to receive medical care may apply to visit Taiwan with their spouse or first, second or third degree relative (2 companions in total); if necessary, they may apply to come with one healthcare worker or caregiver from the country they reside in apart from their family members. Required documents and information include the following: a health insurance certificate, an affidavit for mandatory quarantine, a health declaration document (an English certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days of boarding), and a disease prevention plan and treatment plan issued by the medical institution treating the applicant. On behalf of the applicant, the medical institution in Taiwan shall apply to the MOHW for an entry permit for medical treatment. The applicant or the medical institution may go to the relevant authority or agency to apply for a special entry permit after obtaining the approval of the MOHW.

The CECC further explained that individuals who have obtained permission to come to Taiwan for medical care, and persons accompanying them, when checking in with the airline for the flight to Taiwan or before boarding, are required to provide an English certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days of boarding. They must wear masks at all times during the flight. They must undergo a 14-day home quarantine period upon entry into the country and must also undergo COVID-19 testing after the home quarantine period ends. Those who test negative for COVID-19 may proceed to the medical institution for his/her medical treatment. However, those requiring urgent medical care may be admitted to a designated ward or negative pressure isolation ward in the medical institution which they originally planned to visit. They shall receive their planned medical treatment after one negative test result and be given care according to the standards for caring COVID-19 suspected cases during the 14 day quarantine. Regarding related fees, applicants shall be responsible for paying quarantine fees, COVID-19 testing fees, and medical consultation and treatment fees. The medical institution treating the applicant shall help the applicant implement required quarantine and testing measures, including booking a quarantine hotel, making advance preparations for transportation, and arranging his/her medical care.

The CECC emphasized that Taiwan would maintain its strict border control and has put disease prevention and management measures in place for foreign nationals applying to visit Taiwan for medical treatment in order to reduce the risk of community-acquired and nosocomial infection posed by inbound travelers and ensure the public health.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/Gtc6cwlPxPslObKDKfCWBg?typeid=158




July 17, 2020
Fifth automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application required) (overstayers excepted)

 

Due to the impact that COVID-19 border control measures and flight bans have had on foreign visitors to Taiwan, MOFA announced the first automatic 30-day visa extension on March 21, the second on April 17, the third on May 18, and the fourth on June 15.

While nations around the world have gradually begun adjusting their border control measures, yet international airlines have not fully resumed regular operations. In light of these conditions, MOFA announces that all travelers who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, on a visitor visa, a landing visa, or through a visa-waiver program and who have not overstayed their legal stay period will now be granted a fifth automatic 30-day extension. No application is required. The total period of stay cannot exceed 180 days. (The day after the entry date will be counted as the first day of stay.) As the total duration of stay may not exceed 180 days in accordance with relevant visa regulations, and as governments of most countries are not restricting their citizens from returning, this will be the final automatic extension by MOFA. Foreign nationals concerned are therefore advised to begin making travel preparations. (E)

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




June 24, 2020
MOFA adjusts entry regulations for foreign nationals in response to worldwide efforts to resume economic activity and international exchanges following COVID-19 outbreak

 

As countries around the world are easing COVID-19 lockdown measures and resuming economic activity and international exchanges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will gradually adjust regulations concerning foreign nationals’ entry into Taiwan in accordance with decisions and standards set by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). These adjustments are being made to accelerate Taiwan’s economic momentum and restore normal living conditions. From June 29, 2020, foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit with an R.O.C. overseas mission by submitting relevant documents and forms. Applications by students and people wishing to study Mandarin in Taiwan will be handled by the Ministry of Education in line with its related measures.

Upon entering Taiwan, all foreign nationals must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding the flight to Taiwan and undergo a 14-day home quarantine period. Visitors of the following categories can be exempted from negative COVID-19 test:personnel on diplomatic or official business, migrant workers, and students (whose entry is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor, and Ministry of Education and who represent manageable risk levels), as well as people coming to Taiwan for emergency situations and crewmembers on vessels arriving in Taiwan (for whom it may be difficult to obtain a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test).

These newly announced regulations constitute updates of measures that were announced earlier this year by MOFA, according to which foreign nationals—except Alien Resident Certificate holders, personnel on diplomatic or official business, persons who can prove they are fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations, and persons requiring special permission—were barred from entering Taiwan from March 19 in accordance with guidance from the CECC. (E)

> FAQ: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5691-aa1c3-2.html

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




June 15, 2020
Fourth automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application required) (overstayers excepted)


Due to the impact that COVID-19 border control measures and flight bans have had on foreign visitors to Taiwan, MOFA announced the first automatic 30-day visa extension on March 21, the second on April 17, and the third on May 18.

Although the pandemic has recently showed signs of abating, nations worldwide are still generally enforcing strict border controls and international airlines have yet to resume regular operations, making international travel difficult. In light of these conditions, MOFA announces that all travelers who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, on a visitor visa, a landing visa, or through a visa-waiver program and who have not overstayed their legal stay period will now be granted a fourth automatic 30-day extension (The duration of stay has thus been extended to 120 days in total). No application is required. The total period of stay cannot exceed 180 days. (The day after the entry date will be counted as the first day of stay). These conditions are subject to change and may be adjusted as circumstances require.

Foreigners who have already stayed in Taiwan for the maximum 180 days or those who have overstayed their visas should consult the National Immigration Agency website ( https://www.immigration.gov.tw/5475/ ). The website details the regulations for foreigners who meet specific criteria during the pandemic to apply for

special duration of stay extensions, as well as explaining the Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program and other measures.

> FAQ: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5667-653c7-2.html

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




May 18, 2020
Third automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application required) (overstayers excepted)

 

Due to the impact that COVID-19 border control measures and flight bans have had on foreign visitors to Taiwan, MOFA announced the first automatic 30-day visa extension on March 21, and the second on April 17.

Although there are signs that the pandemic is abating, most global travel restrictions have yet to be lifted. In light of these conditions, MOFA announces that all travelers who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, on a visitor visa, a landing visa, or through a visa-waiver program and who have not overstayed their legal stay period will now be granted a third automatic 30-day extension (The duration of stay has thus been extended to 90 days in total). No application is required. The total period of stay cannot exceed 180 days. (The day after the entry date will be counted as the first day of stay). These conditions are subject to change and may be adjusted as circumstances require.

In addition, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) has announced the Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program. Foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas and turn themselves in from March 20 to June 30 are entitled to penalty relief measures: They will not be detained or receive an entry ban, and will be given only a minimum fine. For further information, please visit the NIA website at https://www.immigration.gov.tw/ .

>FAQ: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5609-e00b6-2.html

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Apr 17, 2020
Second automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application required) (overstayers excepted)

 

Due to the impact that COVID-19 border control measures and flight bans have had on foreign visitors to Taiwan, MOFA announced an automatic 30-day duration of stay period extension on March 21, 2020.

In consideration of increased travel restrictions worldwide, MOFA announces that all travelers who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, on a visitor visa, a landing visa, or through a visa-waiver program and who have not overstayed their legal stay period will now be granted a second automatic 30-day extension. No application is required. The total period of stay cannot exceed 180 days (The day after entry date will be counted as the first day of stay). These conditions are subject to change and may be adjusted as circumstances require.

In addition, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) has announced the Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program. Foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas and turn themselves in from March 20 to June 30 are entitled to penalty relief measures: They will not be detained or receive an entry ban, and will be given only a minimum fine. For further information, please visit the NIA website at https://www.immigration.gov.tw/.

>FAQ: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5539-8930e-2.html

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Mar 21, 2020
Automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application is required) (overstayers excepted)

 

1. In response to border control measures and flight bans implemented around the world to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, MOFA announces that all travelers who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, on a visitor visa, a landing visa, or through a visa-waiver program and who have not overstayed their legal stay period will be granted an automatic 30-day extension. No application is required. The total period of stay cannot exceed 180 days. These conditions are subject to change and may be adjusted as circumstances require.

2. In addition, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) has announced the Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program. Foreign nationals who have overstayed their legal stay  period and turn themselves in from March 20 to June 30 are entitled to penalty relief measures: They will not be detained or receive an entry ban, and will be given only a minimum fine. For further information, please visit the NIA website at https://www.immigration.gov.tw/5475/5478/141457/142068/217277/

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Mar 18, 2020   ★ IMPORTANT
Taiwan to bar foreign nationals from entering the country starting March 19 in response to the continued spread of COVID-19

 

1. Taiwan will bar foreign nationals whose flights depart after 00:00 Taipei Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 19 from entering the country in accordance with measures announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). Exemptions will be granted to Alien Resident Certificate holders, personnel on diplomatic or official business, persons who can prove they are fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations, and persons requiring special permission.

2. In accordance with CECC regulations, the exempted foreign nationals listed in the previous paragraph must observe a 14-day home quarantine upon arrival. Relevant government agencies shall be responsible for any necessary arrangements regarding their lodging, movements, and work venues in Taiwan.

Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health and Welfare for regulations and details concerning the 14-day home quarantine: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Category/MPage/V6Xe4EItDW3NdGTgC5PtKA

3. The aforementioned entry restrictions are subject to change depending on the development of the COVID-19 outbreak. Changes will be announced by the CECC.

4. Implementation details

4.1. Starting March 19, only the exempted foreign nationals listed above will be allowed entry into Taiwan. (Foreign nationals whose flights depart before 00:00 Taipei Standard Time (GMT+8) on March 19 will still be allowed entry, including those who transfer or transit through a third country.)

4.2. Foreign nationals who are eligible for visa-free entry or hold a visitor or resident visa and wish to enter Taiwan from March 19 must hold relevant documents to qualify for exempted status. These documents must be presented to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) personnel at the port of entry for approval. Those holding special entry permits issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions, valid Alien Resident Certificates, or MOFA ID Cards will be allowed entry following inspection by NIA personnel.

4.3. Foreign nationals unable to determine whether their documents meet the criteria for exempted status may visit an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission prior to departure to apply for a special entry permit.

4.4. Apart from the criteria for exempted status listed above, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions may also grant special entry permits when there are clear and urgent reasons for a foreign national to visit Taiwan based on, for example, humanitarian grounds or approval by competent authorities in Taiwan.

4.5. In addition to applying for a special entry permit at an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission, those requiring special permission to visit Taiwan may also present relevant documents to NIA personnel at the port of entry, who will then make a decision whether to approve entry.

4.6. Cases in which there is any confusion over the interpretation of the aforementioned entry regulations shall be dealt with through coordination by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NIA. (E)

 

Frequently Asked Questions (Mar 19)

Q1: Do the new border control measures announced by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which went into effect on March 19, annul visa-free entry, landing visas, and eVisas for foreign nationals? Can foreign nationals holding a valid visa still enter Taiwan?

A: The border control measures announced by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs were implemented in response to the continued spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Foreign nationals who are eligible for visa-free entry or hold a visitor or resident visa and wish to enter Taiwan from March 19 must hold relevant documents to qualify for exempted status. These documents must be presented to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) personnel at the port of entry for approval. Those holding special entry permits issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions, valid Alien Resident Certificates, or MOFA ID Cards will be allowed entry following inspection by NIA personnel.


Q2: Under what circumstances do foreign nationals qualify for a special entry permit? What are some examples?

A: Apart from the aforementioned foreign nationals who can still enter Taiwan, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions may also grant special entry permits to foreign nationals when there are clear and urgent reasons for them to visit Taiwan based on, for example, humanitarian grounds or approval by competent authorities in Taiwan.


Q3: Can foreign nationals who have already entered Taiwan extend their visas while in the country? (Updated on June 15)

A:
Please see the link below for MOFA's announcement on June 15.
https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5667-653c7-2.html


Q4: Can foreign spouses and minor children of Taiwan nationals or foreign nationals legally residing in Taiwan still enter the country if they do not have an R.O.C. (Taiwan) Resident Certificate?

A: Such spouses and minor children may apply for a special entry permit with R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions.


Q5: Can foreign nationals apply to competent authorities in Taiwan for an approval letter?

A: Yes, foreign nationals can apply to competent authorities in Taiwan for an approval letter. However, in these cases the reason for visiting Taiwan must be on diplomatic or official business, fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations, or requiring special permission; otherwise, he or she will not be allowed entry.


Q6: If foreign nationals wish to visit Taiwan for nonessential business activities (i.e., any business activity that does not involve fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations), can they still enter the country?

A: Foreign nationals will not be allowed entry unless they show proof that they are visiting Taiwan to fulfill commercial and contractual obligations, or a job acceptance letter or employment contract issued by competent authorities in Taiwan.


Q7: Are foreign migrant workers eligible for special entry permits?

A: Foreign migrant workers holding work permits issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor may enter the country with migrant worker visas issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions.


Q8: Do foreign nationals who are allowed entry into Taiwan still have to comply with relevant quarantine measures?

A: Yes. For more information on quarantine measures, please visit the website of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/

 

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Mar 18, 2020
CECC raises travel notice for the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, including transit flights, to Level 3: Warning; advises against all nonessential travel to these countries

 

On March 18, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has continued to expand. There have been more than 1,000 new cases per day in the United States, with four states experiencing community transmission, and more than 100 new cases per day in Canada and Australia, while New Zealand continues to maintain close ties with Australia. The US and Australia have also declared countrywide or regional states of emergency.
 
Given the risk of infection to Taiwanese nationals, effective March 19 the CECC will raise its travel notice for the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, including for transit flights made through these countries, to Level 3: Warning. This comes in addition to the US states of Washington, New York, and California, which were already subject to a Level 3: Warning travel notice. Taiwanese nationals should avoid nonessential travel to these countries, and will be required to follow a 14-day period of home quarantine after returning from Level 3 countries and regions. Furthermore, effective March 19, all inbound travelers will be required to follow a 14-day period of home quarantine after entering Taiwan.
 
As of March 18, the CECC has raised its travel notice for 97 countries and one region to Level 3: Warning; namely, mainland China (including Hong Kong and Macao), 20 Asian countries, nine Central Asian countries, 26 Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, 14 Eastern European countries, 16 countries and one territory in the Middle East, five north African countries, the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The Level 3 travel notice also applies to dependent territories of these countries where applicable.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/Jvawf8acgNZDD1AdaEo0Yw?typeid=158




Mar 16, 2020
CECC raises travel notice for 20 Asian, East European countries, three US states to Level 3: Warning; advises against all nonessential travel

 

On March 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has expanded to Asian countries outside China, with more than 10,000 confirmed cases and the number continuing to increase. Numerous countries have declared the outbreak a national emergency and introduced strict border control and quarantine measures. Recently, the epidemic situation in the United States has also escalated. Considering the increased risk of infection, the CECC announced that effective March 19, it will raise its travel notice for 19 countries in Asia, one country in Eastern Europe, and three states in the US to Level 3: Warning. This comes in addition to China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, and Central Asian countries, which are already subject to a Level 3: Warning travel notice.

The countries and US states covered by this announcement are as follows:

  • Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Eastern Europe: Moldova
  • US states: California, New York, and Washington

The CECC has advised that all nonessential travel to the countries and areas listed above be avoided. Starting at 16:00, March 17, Taiwan time, travelers already on a flight from any of these countries or areas to Taiwan must observe a 14-day period of self-health management after entering Taiwan, while those boarding a flight after that time will be required to undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine.

While only the above three US states have been listed at Level 3: Warning, the CECC has raised the travel notice for all other US states to Level 2: Alert. Travelers to Level 2 states are advised to take strong precautionary measures and will be required to observe a 14-day period of self-health management upon returning to Taiwan.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/gBGjEbWKMdBCJyInDsa3uQ?typeid=158




Mar 16, 2020
CECC raises travel notice for 42 countries and one territory in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, and Northern Africa to Level 3: Warning; CECC advises against all nonessential travel

 

On March 16, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak had expanded throughout Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and announced that effective March 17, it will raise its travel notice for 13 countries in Eastern Europe, 15 countries and one territory in the Middle East, five countries in Northern Africa, and nine countries in Central Asia to Level 3: Warning. This comes in addition to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iran, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia, which were already subject to a Level 3: Warning travel notice.

The countries and territory covered by this announcement are as follows: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. Travelers from these countries will be required to follow a 14-day period of home quarantine after entering Taiwan.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/_0k3v2eL5Urb3-mK0MnLqQ?typeid=158




Mar 14, 2020
Starting 2 pm of March 14, travelers yet on board leaving 27 European countries or Dubai are required to practice a 14-day home quarantine after entering Taiwan

 

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on March 14 that, considering the frequent movement of citizens in the Schengen Area, it will raise the travel notice on March 17, to Level 3: Warning, for all Schengen countries including France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Malta, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, in addition to Italy, which is already on Level 3. The United Kingdom and Ireland, enjoying free movement in the Area, are also now on Level 3. Dubai (transits included) is also on the list. People are advised to avoid nonessential travel to these countries. Starting form 2pm, March 14, those already on board are asked to practice more stringent self-health management, whereas travelers yet on board will have to follow a 14-day home quarantine. Staring from March 17, foreign travelers required to follow home quarantine can pay to stay at the group quarantine facilities if they do not have other places to reside in.

The disease outbreak in the US has intensified, with 46 states and Washington D.C. all reporting confirmed cases, and more than 20 states having declared a state of emergency. According to the assessment of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spread through communities in the states of Washington, New York and California. Isolation measures have been implemented in certain regions suffering from severe epidemic developments. In light of the situation, the CECC raised its travel notice for the above three states to level 2: Alert. Travelers visiting these regions are advised to practice enhanced precautions. The travel notice for remaining US states is Level 1: Watch, and visitors are advised to take usual precautionary measures.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, with more than 110 countries reporting confirmed cases and more than 70 countries reporting indigenous transmissions. Various countries have strengthened its border control measures and restricted the movement of people. As infections continue to spread globally, and considering the close transportations and exchange between nations, the CECC raised its travel notice to Level 1: Watch, for all countries yet listed in the advisory. Travelers who have visited countries listed in the Level 1 and 2 categories in the past 14 days are required to practice a 14-day self-health management. As travel notice are heightened for countries around the globe, the government will strengthen its border control measures and conduct retrospective screenings to ensure the safety of Taiwan people.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/6q57qJkOZt2iLorwqGI5Zw?typeid=158




Mar 1, 2020
CECC raises travel notice level for Iran to Level 3: Warning, advises against all non-essential travel


On March 1, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Iran has risen sharply, and based on the risk of COVID-19 infection, the CECC has raised its travel notice level for Iran to Level 3: Warning, and advises the public to avoid all non-essential travel to Iran. In addition, starting from March 2, travelers who have traveled to Iran in the past 14 days (transits not included) are required to follow a 14-day home quarantine after entering Taiwan.

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to expand internationally, the CECC has listed China (including Hong Kong and Macau), South Korea, and Italy and Iran under travel notice Level 3: Warning; Japan and Singapore under Level 2: Alert; and Thailand under Level 1: Watch. The CECC will continue to closely monitor the developments of the epidemic and adjust its disease prevention strategy and travel notices for countries as the situation requires.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/gB6lvgqTw_xAKK8GRTVgOA?typeid=158




Feb 27, 2020
CECC raises travel notice for Italy to Level 3: Warning; travelers arriving from Italy subject to home quarantine

 

On February 27, 2020, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it has raised the travel notice for Italy to Level 3: Warning, in the wake of the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country. Given the increased risk of infection, the CECC has also advised against all nonessential travel to Italy. Furthermore, starting from February 28, travelers arriving from Italy (except for passengers who transit through Italy) will be required to observe home quarantine for 14 days.

In response to the international spread of COVID-19, the CECC has listed China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, and Italy under travel notice Level 3: Warning; Japan, Singapore, and Iran under Level 2: Alert; and Thailand under Level 1: Watch. The CECC will continue to closely monitor outbreak developments and adjust its prevention strategy and travel notices as the situation requires.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/ZAMRoH02YNNzJusp0p_Wmw?typeid=158




Feb. 24, 2020
CECC raises travel notice level for South Korea to Level 3: Warning

 

1. The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in South Korea has risen sharply, with large clusters of infections at a church and in hospitals fueling the outbreak by community transmission. The city of Daegu and Cheongdo County in North Gyeongsang Province have been designated special management zones. Based on the risk of COVID-19 infection, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has raised its travel notice level to Level 3: Warning, and advises the public to avoid all unnecessary travel to South Korea.

2. Starting from February 25, foreign nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea (except for passengers who transit through South Korea) must undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine; starting from February 25 until the end of February 26, Taiwanese nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea must undergo a 14-day period of self-health management; and starting from February 27, Taiwanese nationals entering Taiwan from South Korea must undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/VzLSC-IamdWaXhm0--MLOA?typeid=158




Feb. 7, 2020
Starting February 10, 14-day home quarantine to be required for travelers transiting through China, Hong Kong and Macau and granted entry into Taiwan; restrictions on direct flights to and from China, Hong Kong and Macau to be implemented and flights from certain airports to be suspended

 

As the recent cumulative total of confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in China is rapidly growing, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced the following instruction:
Starting from 0:00 am of February 10, 2020, travelers who transit through China, Hong Kong and Macau and are granted entry into Taiwan and will be required to be under home quarantine for 14 days.

Pursuant to the request proposed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan for disease prevention, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications will impose a temporary ban on cross-strait passenger flights between Taiwan and certain airports in China starting 0:00 am of February 10 to 11:59 pm of April 29. Except for the flights to and from Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, cross-strait flights to and from the remaining airports in China will be suspended.

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control 
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/anBk8plyRojMJdRkMALTnw?typeid=158




Feb. 6, 2020
Starting February 7, 2020, the Republic of China (Taiwan) will implement a temporary measure prohibiting foreign nationals who in the previous 14 days have visited or resided in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including Hong Kong and Macao, from entering Taiwan

 

1. In view of the fact that the Taiwan government on February 5 designated all areas of the PRC (including Hong Kong and Macao) as being severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak (areas of level 2 or higher), foreign nationals who have visited or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the previous 14 days will be temporarily prohibited from entering Taiwan starting February 7. Entry visa applications by such foreign nationals, including those submitted for special reasons, will not be accepted by Taiwan’s overseas missions while this temporary measure is in effect.

2. Foreign nationals possessing a valid Taiwan Resident Certificate who have visited or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the previous 14 days shall self-isolate at their home after returning to Taiwan and be under home quarantine for a period of 14 days.

3. The aforementioned measures will officially take effect on February 7, and may be adjusted based on the development of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (Feb 7)
I.  Visas and residency

Q1:
If foreign nationals have entered or resided in the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong and Macao, within the past 14 days, and are eligible for visa-free, landing visa, or e-visa treatment, or are in possession of a valid visa, are they still barred from entry into the Republic of China (Taiwan)?

A:
They are barred. Any foreign national who has entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, within the past 14 days may not enter the Republic of China (Taiwan) even if eligible for visa-free, landing visa, or e-visa treatment or if in possession of a valid visa.


Q2: 
If foreign nationals have entered or resided in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, over the past 14 days but have a special reason to enter Taiwan, may they apply at ROC missions abroad for a visa?

A:
They may not. The Central Epidemic Command Center has announced that from February 6, all areas of the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, are listed as being severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak (areas of level 2 or higher). Thus, even where special circumstances exist, ROC missions abroad will not accept visa applications for anyone having entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, within the last 14 days.


Q3:
May foreign nationals in possession of a valid Taiwan Resident Certificate who have entered or resided in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, over the past 14 days return to Taiwan?

A:
They may. However, as all areas of the PRC are now designated level 2 or higher—severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak—anyone who has entered or resided in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, shall, after passing through immigration, abide by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Measures for Following Up on Persons at Risk of Infection and self-quarantine at home for 14 days.


II.  Immigration and inspection

Q4:
How is the 14-day window calculated with respect to these entry restrictions?

A:
The 14-day window refers to the 14 days prior to entering Taiwan. For instance, if one were to enter Taiwan on February 15, the 14-day window would extend from February 1 to February 14.


Q5:
How will the government determine whether or not a foreigner has visited the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days?

A:
This will be determined based on the foreign traveler’s passport entry/exit stamps or airplane/ship ticket(s) from the previous trip(s).


Q6:
May ROC citizens who possess dual citizenship and have entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days enter Taiwan using a foreign passport?

A:
No. Foreign passport holders who have entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days and do not possess a valid Taiwan Resident Certificate may not enter Taiwan.


Q7:
Will foreign travelers be stopped from entering Taiwan and deported at the airport if they have entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days? And if the airlines mistakenly allowed them to take their flight, or the travelers were unaware of the current restrictions, will such foreign travelers be allowed to travel to a third location? 

A:
All foreigners failing to abide by related ROC (Taiwan) regulations shall be deported to the country from which they arrived. They may be deported to a third location depending on airline arrangements and their own eligibility.


III. Other questions

Q8:
Were these measures based on those of another country? If not, what standards were used in their formulation? 

A:
When formulating these regulations, epidemic information released by the World Health Organization and the border control measures taken by European countries, the United States, and neighboring countries were taken into consideration. These regulations may be adjusted as the situation evolves.


Q9:
How will foreigners traveling to Taiwan be notified about these regulations? Where can the latest updates be found? If foreigners have related questions, what telephone numbers can be used to obtain information? 

A:
1.  The latest updates on visa and border control measures will be announced on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and ROC missions abroad.

2. For questions about the coronavirus, callers in Taiwan may use the 1922 hotline to obtain information. For questions about visa and border control regulations, callers may use the following numbers to obtain information (callers from abroad should add 886 to the number and not include 0 in front of the 2):
(02) 2343-2921(02) 2343-2895(02) 2343-2850(02) 2343-2876, and (02) 2343-2900.


Q10:    
Should the current situation worsen, will further steps be taken regarding foreigners traveling to Taiwan? 

A:
The related regulations will be adjusted as the situation evolves. Should the coronavirus outbreak worsen, the government will take whatever border control measures necessary regarding the countries in question.

 

 

Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

 

  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak important updates related to Taiwan - Ministry of Foreign Affairs 【Please Click Here】

  • CECC Measures for Following Up on Persons at Risk of Infection (home isolation, home quarantine, and self-health management) 【Download】 (latest update by CECC: 2020/03/19 )

 

 

 

Latest update: 2022/09/29

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