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【Important Announcement】Starting February 7, 2020, the Republic of China (Taiwan) will implement a temporary measure prohibiting foreign nationals who in the previous 14 days have visited or resided in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including Hong Kong and Macao, from entering Taiwan

1.In view of the fact that the Taiwan government on February 5 designated all areas of the PRC (including Hong Kong and Macao) as being severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak (areas of level 2 or higher), foreign nationals who have visited or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the previous 14 days will be temporarily prohibited from entering Taiwan starting February 7. Entry visa applications by such foreign nationals, including those submitted for special reasons, will not be accepted by Taiwan’s overseas missions while this temporary measure is in effect.

2.Foreign nationals possessing a valid Taiwan Resident Certificate who have visited or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the previous 14 days shall self-isolate at their home after returning to Taiwan and be under home quarantine for a period of 14 days.

3.The aforementioned measures will officially take effect on February 7, and may be adjusted based on the development of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

I.  Visas and residency

Q1:
If foreign nationals have entered or resided in the People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong and Macao, within the past 14 days, and are eligible for visa-free, landing visa, or e-visa treatment, or are in possession of a valid visa, are they still barred from entry into the Republic of China (Taiwan)?

A:
They are barred. Any foreign national who has entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, within the past 14 days may not enter the Republic of China (Taiwan) even if eligible for visa-free, landing visa, or e-visa treatment or if in possession of a valid visa.


Q2:
If foreign nationals have entered or resided in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, over the past 14 days but have a special reason to enter Taiwan, may they apply at ROC missions abroad for a visa?

A:
They may not. The Central Epidemic Command Center has announced that from February 6, all areas of the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, are listed as being severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak (areas of level 2 or higher). Thus, even where special circumstances exist, ROC missions abroad will not accept visa applications for anyone having entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, within the last 14 days.


Q3:
May foreign nationals in possession of a valid Taiwan Resident Certificate who have entered or resided in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, over the past 14 days return to Taiwan?

A:
They may. However, as all areas of the PRC are now designated level 2 or higher—severely affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak—anyone who has entered or resided in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, shall, after passing through immigration, abide by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Measures for Following Up on Persons at Risk of Infection and self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

※ Notes concerning home self-quarantine: (CECC Feb. 5 update)

  1.  Where the relevant authority has issued a Novel Coronavirus Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice, the individual is to wear a surgical mask and return home for home quarantine.
  2. The local borough chief or borough clerk shall call the individual every day during the 14-day period to ask about the individual’s health status, and shall record the information obtained on a Health Status Record.
  3. During the quarantine period, the individual is to stay at home (or designated location) and not go out, and may not leave the country or use public transport.
  4. Symptomatic individuals will be sent to designated medical facilities for tests; the relevant health authority will also begin active monitoring.
  5. Individuals not adhering to the CECC’s prevention measures will be penalized under the Communicable Disease Control Act and, where circumstances warrant, be forcibly placed.

For other information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov.tw or call the Communicable Disease Prevention and Reporting Hotline at 1922.


II.  Immigration and inspection

Q4:
May foreign nationals who transit through the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, enter the Republic of China (Taiwan)?

A:
1.There are presently no restrictions on foreign nationals who transit through the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao to enter Taiwan. However, anyone who transits through the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, shall self-isolate at their home and be under home quarantine for a period of 14 days.

2. The scope of these restrictions may be further adjusted according to updated information announced by the CECC.


Q5:
May foreigners who have entered or resided in China enter Taiwan if they have stayed in one or more other countries for 14 days or longer since leaving China?

A:
The current temporary visa and entry restrictions apply to foreigners who have entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, within the past 14 days. If, upon arrival in Taiwan, a foreigner has not entered or resided in the aforementioned regions in the last 14 days, the original regulations shall apply.


Q6:
How is the 14-day window calculated with respect to these entry restrictions?

A:
The 14-day window refers to the 14 days prior to entering Taiwan. For instance, if one were to enter Taiwan on February 15, the 14-day window would extend from February 1 to February 14.


Q7:
How will the government determine whether or not a foreigner has visited the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days?

A:
This will be determined based on the foreign traveler’s passport entry/exit stamps or airplane/ship ticket(s) from the previous trip(s).


Q8:
May ROC citizens who possess dual citizenship and have entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days enter Taiwan using a foreign passport?

A:
No. Foreign passport holders who have entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days and do not possess a valid Taiwan Resident Certificate may not enter Taiwan.


Q9:
Will foreign travelers be stopped from entering Taiwan and deported at the airport if they have entered or resided anywhere in the PRC, including Hong Kong and Macao, in the past 14 days? And if the airlines mistakenly allowed them to take their flight, or the travelers were unaware of the current restrictions, will such foreign travelers be allowed to travel to a third location?

A:
All foreigners failing to abide by related ROC (Taiwan) regulations shall be deported to the country from which they arrived. They may be deported to a third location depending on airline arrangements and their own eligibility.


III. Other questions

Q10:
Were these measures based on those of another country? If not, what standards were used in their formulation?

A:
When formulating these regulations, epidemic information released by the World Health Organization and the border control measures taken by European countries, the United States, and neighboring countries were taken into consideration. These regulations may be adjusted as the situation evolves.


Q11:
How will foreigners traveling to Taiwan be notified about these regulations? Where can the latest updates be found? If foreigners have related questions, what telephone numbers can be used to obtain information?

A:
1.  The latest updates on visa and border control measures will be announced on the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and ROC missions abroad.

2. For questions about the coronavirus, callers in Taiwan may use the 1922 hotline to obtain information. For questions about visa and border control regulations, callers may use the following numbers to obtain information (callers from abroad should add 866 to the number and not include 0 in front of the 2):
(02) 2343-2921(02) 2343-2895(02) 2343-2850(02) 2343-2876, and (02) 2343-2900.


Q12:
Should the current situation worsen, will further steps be taken regarding foreigners traveling to Taiwan?

A:
The related regulations will be adjusted as the situation evolves. Should the coronavirus outbreak worsen, the government will take whatever border control measures necessary regarding the countries in question.


 

 

latest update: 2020/02/07 22:26

https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5081-c06dc-2.html