DestinationsOne big reopening step for Taiwan as mandatory Covid-19 tests and quarantine will be scrapped for arrivals come 13 October.

Taiwan welcomes back tourists with no quarantine

On-arrival Covid-19 tests will not be required but travellers are urged to conduct frequent self-administered tests.
On-arrival Covid-19 tests will not be required but travellers are urged to conduct frequent self-administered tests. Photo Credit: Adobe/siraphol

The Taiwanese government announced that international travellers to Taiwan from 13 October need not undergo quarantine or mandatory Covid-19 tests.

Taiwan had been one of the few destinations in Asia that continued practising strict Covid-19 protocols throughout these three years. But in June when the government eased back on some regulations, including cutting back the quarantine duration from seven days to three, it seemed that its highly anticipated reopening was just around the bend.

Officials have also reinstated visa-free entry for citizens of countries which were previously entitled to that pre-pandemic, including Singapore.

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Even though quarantine will be dispensed with, travellers are still required to monitor their health and take antigen rapid tests over a seven-day period. Airport staff will hand out four antigen rapid test kits for each traveller upon their arrival to conduct self-administered tests.

Travellers will be advised to test themselves every two days, and can head out as long as they have a negative test result. They neither need to take nor report their temperatures.

The international arrival cap will also be increased from 10,000 to 60,000.

The gradual easing of measures is being dubbed by the Taiwanese government as the "new Taiwan model", whereby they're looking to take the city into the endemic stage.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen posted on Facebook last week that Taiwan has “finally come to the final moment of the pandemic” while sharing about the eased border measures. She further added: "Now, we will do our best to revive tourism, stimulate the economy and lead Taiwan’s economy to great development.”

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