CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan introduces extra entry slots for overseas students

09/08/2022 04:51 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) has said extra slots have been reserved for foreign students to ensure they are not prevented from entering Taiwan by a 50,000 weekly cap on inbound visitors.

The MOE, after obtaining the approval of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), issued a directive on Tuesday to tertiary education institutions nationwide, saying that foreign students holding valid residence cards or arriving under special programs would be eligible for extra entry slots should the weekly cap be already reached for the week when they arrive.

This came after the MOE had recently received complaints from higher-education institutions about the weekly cap implemented by the CECC on Aug. 22, saying that it had caused trouble when foreign students booked their flight tickets or planned their trips to Taiwan.

International students entering Taiwan through the extra entry slots will be required to present valid visas or resident cards which prove they are visiting Taiwan to pursue their studies.

The MOE noted that it would allocate rooms at quarantine facilities for arriving overseas students, which will become available on Sep. 15, calling on schools that will be needing the rooms to book them now.

The rooms will be assigned on a one-person-per-room basis, and students will only share a room with another student if necessary, it said.

Schools will have to arrange transport for overseas students when they report to and leave their quarantine facilities, it said.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Sean Lin)

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