CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan to allow foreign nationals to apply for non-tourist entry

06/24/2020 06:35 PM
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Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Taiwan will begin allowing foreign nationals to apply to enter the country for reasons other than tourism starting June 29, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday.

The partial easing of border controls imposed on March 19 is based on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic internationally, and in response to both commercial demand and humanitarian considerations, the CECC said at its weekly press briefing.

The policy will allow foreign nationals to apply for entry to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism, the CECC said, though it provided few details on what types of applications would be seen as valid.

Meanwhile, people in Hong Kong and Macau will be allowed to apply for entry based on humanitarian considerations, need for emergency assistance, to fulfill business contracts or as part of internal personnel transfers in international corporations, the CECC said.

People in Hong Kong or Macau who are the spouses or children of Taiwanese nationals and hold Alien Resident Certificates (ARCs), and those coming for commercial activities (including recipients of work permits and investor or entrepreneur visas) are also eligible to apply for entry, the CECC said.

Travelers who receive approval to enter Taiwan will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their flight and to quarantine in accordance with current regulations after their arrival, said CECC deputy head Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥).

Travelers will also have to complete the "Quarantine System for Entry" form on the Ministry of Health and Welfare's website (https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/) before checking in for their flight, the CECC said.

Taiwan reported no new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Wednesday, leaving the total number of cases at 446 since the disease outbreak began late last year.

(By Han Ting-ting, Wu Hsin-yun and Matthew Mazzetta)

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