COVID-19: Entry restrictions, requirements updated

30 Jul 21

TAIWAN

The Taiwan border remains closed to foreign nationals except for those who hold alien resident cards and those who obtain permission for emergency or humanitarian reasons. The government has published an updated guidance on entry restrictions and requirements.

Key Points:

  • Taiwan nationals and ARC holders seeking to enter Taiwan must show a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report issued within three working days of their incoming flight’s scheduled departure time.
  • All travelers are required to undergo 14-day quarantine and must arrange their location of quarantine prior to arrival and follow other regulations and instructions by the Taiwan Centers of Disease Control.
  • Travelers from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel, Myanmar, Peru or the United Kingdom (or transiting through one of these countries within the previous 14 days) must quarantine in group facilities for 14 days and undergo testing at the start and end of the quarantine period.
  • Travelers also must complete a health declaration form in the Quarantine System for Entry site (https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/) before departure for Taiwan and be prepared to show a confirmation message to quarantine staff as a condition of entry.

Background: In response to the pandemic, Taiwan closed its border to foreign nationals, including those from Hong Kong and Mainland China, as well as those holding valid visitor visas or resident visas. On July 26, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that strict border control measures will remain in place due to the resurgence of infections and transmission of the Delta variant around the world. Taiwan’s overseas missions will continue to suspend visa issuance. Exceptions are being considered on a case-by-case basis for emergencies and humanitarian reasons.

BAL Analysis: Travelers are encouraged to check with their local Taiwanese mission for the testing requirements. Those with urgent travel needs who are impacted by the entry ban or new restrictions should work closely with their immigration provider to discuss the best available options. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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