CORONAVIRUS/Border controls likely to be further relaxed in October: CECC

08/26/2022 07:27 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Taiwan could further relax border controls in October after the country passes the anticipated peak of the most recent COVID-19 outbreak caused by the Omicron subvariant BA. 5, the Central Epidemic Commander Center (CECC) said Friday.

Speaking at a news conference in Taipei, CECC head Victor Wang (王必勝) said he expects current border control measures to be loosened once a clear downward trend in COVID-19 infections emerges.

The new rules are likely to come two to three weeks after Taiwan passes the peak of the most recent surge in new cases in mid or late September, he added.

However, the relaxation does not mean drastic changes to existing protocols, Wang said, explaining that the "3+4" policy for arriving travelers -- three days of mandatory quarantine, followed by a four-day self-monitoring period -- will continue for the time being.

Taiwan could start by raising the weekly cap of 50,000 visitors allowed to enter the nation, or by opening up for tourist groups, he said.

Offering a preview of its future marketing plans, the Tourism Bureau said eased control measures could apply to inbound tourist groups before outbound tourist groups.

The bureau will first attempt to normalize inbound travel from Japan, from which about 2 million tourists visited Taiwan each year before the pandemic, according to deputy director-general Lin Hsin-jen (林信任).

Other priority markets include countries in Southeast Asia, North America, Europe, as well as South Korea, he said.

(By Yu Hsiao-han, Chen Chieh-ling and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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