CORONAVIRUS/Time not yet ripe for canceling quarantine for travelers: Health Minister

06/08/2022 06:19 PM
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Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) reiterated Wednesday that the "3+4" quarantine formula was the most likely next step in relaxing border restrictions, as the time is not yet ripe for canceling quarantine entirely.

Update: Taiwan to cut COVID-19 quarantine for arrivals to 3 days from June 15

Taiwan currently requires arrivals to the country to quarantine for seven days followed by an additional seven days of self-health management.

Chen has previously mentioned that eased border rules would be announced sometime in June, and he reiterated Wednesday that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) plans to shorten the length of quarantine gradually.

The "3+4" formula, referring to three days of quarantine followed by four days of self-health management, remains the most likely next step, Chen said.

Chen added that the time was not yet ripe for a "0+7" formula, which implies canceling quarantine entirely.

Relaxed border rules will first be applied to business travelers, then to other groups, Chen said, adding that exactly when Taiwan opens up to nonbusiness travelers will depend on the country's medical capacity.

The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 8, Taiwan recorded 2,593,010 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 13,274 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 8, Taiwan recorded 2,593,010 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 13,274 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.

Earlier Wednesday, Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said in an interview that the Tourism Bureau had drafted a plan to allow overseas tourists to enter Taiwan.

Under the plan, which Wang said would soon be sent to the CECC for approval, tourists will be required to have three COVID-19 vaccine doses, present a negative PCR test prior to entry, and travel as a tour group while in the country.

(By Chiang Yi-ching)

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