DestinationsWith Covid ban lifted, cruise companies can now revisit popular itineraries in the destination.

Taiwan welcomes back international cruises

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Cruises lines will welcome the chance to return to Taiwan, including popular destinations such as Keelung.
Cruises lines will welcome the chance to return to Taiwan, including popular destinations such as Keelung. Photo Credit: Adobe/SeanPavonePhoto

After more than two-and-a-half years, Taiwan has lifted a ban on international cruises that was introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The news is being greeted with relief by cruise companies who have had to bypass a destination popular with cruisers.

The Maritime and Port Bureau lifted the ban this week after Taiwan ended mandatory quarantine for all overseas arrivals two weeks ago.

Taiwan has notified cruise lines of new protocols based on similar regulations introduced by the EU, the US and Australia. This calls for cruise passengers to present a negative rapid Covid-19 test taken on the day of arrival in Taiwan or the previous day.

Taiwan has been allowing domestic cruise trips around Taiwan itself and outlying islands during the pandemic, but the lifting of the international ban will be welcomed by cruise lines who are keen to meet pent-up demand with extended itineraries.

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