CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan extends halt on all overseas tours until end of June

05/19/2020 09:33 PM
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Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The suspension of all outbound and inbound tours imposed on Taiwanese travel agencies will be further extended until the end of June, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, the Tourism Bureau said Tuesday.

The ban, which began on March 19, was originally scheduled to last until the end of April. It was then extended until May 31.

The further extension of the ban by one month is due to the still grave COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the Tourism Bureau said.

Although Taiwan has seen no new COVID-19 cases for 12 consecutive days, the disease has infected more than 4.8 million people globally, and the death toll has surpassed 317,000.

After considering the current situation, and in accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center's (CECC) disease prevention measures, the bureau decided to further extend the ban until June 30, it said.

Currently, Taiwan bans the entry of foreign nationals with few exceptions, and all overseas arrivals including Taiwanese nationals are subject to a period of 14-days in quarantine upon entry.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Chiang Yi-ching)


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