CORONAVIRUS/Inbound visitors can travel if tour group members contract COVID: CECC

09/28/2022 09:21 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) Members of inbound tour groups will be allowed to continue traveling in Taiwan, even if other members of their grouptest positive for COVID-19 during their trip, provided they take a rapid test and obtain a negative result every two days, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

Taiwan's ban on inbound and outbound tour groups is set to be lifted and mandatory quarantine for arriving visitors cancelled as part of a new protocol dubbed the "0+7" policy, which is set to start on Oct. 13.

The "0+7" policy will replace the current "3+4" policy, under which all arrivals have to isolate for three days and then observe four days of "self-initiated epidemic prevention."

During the "self-initiated epidemic prevention" period, individuals are allowed to go outside if a COVID-19 test taken within the past two days returned a negative result.

In other words, starting Oct. 13, group tourists can continue their travels in Taiwan, even when fellow tour group members contract COVID-19, as long as they observe the 7-day "self-initiated epidemic prevention" protocol, according to the CECC.

Meanwhile, as the mandated quarantine for arriving travelers is to be scrapped, there will be no more central government designated quarantine hotels, the CECC said.

Also on Wednesday, Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said the ministry is still evaluating whether about 20,000 international students expected to arrive in Taiwan will be included under the provisions of the "0+7" policy.

According to Pan, about 9,000 international students enrolled in degree programs at Taiwanese universities and 11,000 international students who are not seeking degrees are scheduled to arrive in Taiwan in the near future.

(By Chen Chi-chung, Shen Pei-yao and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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