Taiwan to drop quarantine for arrivals by mid-October

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The East Asian economy is one of the few remaining places that still requires visitors to quarantine.

Taiwan has announced that it will end the quarantine for arrivals by mid-October as the East Asian economy moves to end some of the border restrictions still in place globally related to the last pandemic.

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Taiwan’s cabinet said on Thursday it would aim to eliminate its requirement that a hotel or home quarantine for three days, followed by four days of self-monitoring, from around October 13.

Cabinet spokesman Lou Ping-cheng told local media that visa-free entry to all countries with pre-pandemic status would also resume from next Thursday. Low said the government would increase the weekly limit for international visitors to 60,000 and scrap PCR COVID tests for incoming travelers.


Taiwan last week resumed visa-free entry for visitors from several countries, including the United States and Canada.

Under the easier rules, visitors who test positive for COVID-19 will still have to be quarantined at a hotel or home.

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The self-governing island is the only major economy, other than China and Hong Kong, to still require travelers to quarantine, after Asian peers such as South Korea and Malaysia scrapped quarantine rules earlier this year.

Credited with saving lives earlier in the pandemic, border restrictions have taken a toll on businesses, especially those dependent on tourism.

After following a “zero COVID” strategy for more than two years, Taiwan has recorded more than 6 million cases since the highly infectious Ommicron variant and its subtype began to spread locally in January.

According to Taiwanese health officials, however, more than 99.5 percent of infections have been mild or asymptomatic.

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