Taiwan, China travel restrictions
Last Updated:(Hong Kong)2021-02-26
Starting from 1 March 2021, foreigners who meet the following conditions may enter Taiwan:
1. Foreigners (including travellers from Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China) holding a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)
2. Foreigners without a valid Alien Resident Certificate may apply to enter Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and social visits.
3. Foreigners from Mainland China may apply to enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; for humanitarian reasons or emergency situations (e.g. attending a funeral or visiting a severely ill relative); if they are the spouse or the underage child of a Taiwanese; if they are the Mainland Chinese spouse or underage children of a foreigner living in Taiwan (accompanying the foreigner); if they are students who have received approval from the Ministry of Education; if they are international health professions who have received approval from the Ministry of Health and Welfare; or if they are persons allowed entry under special programmes.
4. Foreigners from Hong Kong and Macao may apply to enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; for humanitarian reasons or emergency situations (e.g. attending a funeral or visiting a severely ill relative); if they are the Hong Kong and Macau spouse or underage child of a Taiwanese; to fulfill contractual obligations; as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises; if they are students who have received approval from the Ministry of Education; if they are international health professions who have received approval from the Ministry of Health and Welfare; or if they are persons allowed entry under special programmes.
Starting from 1 March 2021, business travellers from the list of low- and medium-risk countries/regions who are eligible to enter Taiwan to make short visits for business purposes to apply for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan. The required conditions include:
- Business traveller who is eligible to enter the country in accordance with Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announcements;
- Business traveller who is applying for a duration of stay in Taiwan of less than three months;
- The purpose of the visit is business activity and relevant documents proving the purpose have been provided by legally established businesses in Taiwan;
- Business traveller who is traveling to Taiwan from low- and medium-risk countries as listed by the CECC, and has not travelled to other countries or regions within 14 days before boarding the flight for Taiwan.
Business travellers who meet the above conditions should prepare documents proving and detailing the business activities in Taiwan, the travel itinerary for the stay in Taiwan and a disease prevention plan. They should also prepare a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days before boarding the flight to Taiwan for inspection.
Applicants arrived from low-risk countries/regions may apply to the local health authority to take a self-paid COVID-19 test on the fifth day of their stay, and those arrived from medium-risk countries/regions may apply for a self-paid COVID-19 test on the seventh day of their stay. After acquiring a negative COVID-19 test result, the business traveller can apply to the local health authority to end their home quarantine and observe enhanced self-health management until the 14th day after entry. They should observe their self-health management regularly from the 15th to 21st day after entry.
Starting from 1 March 2021, transits will be allowed at the Taoyuan International Airport. Transit passengers must arrive in and leave Taiwan on flights operated by the same airline group, and their stopover time should not exceed eight hours.
Starting from 15 January 2021, all passengers arriving at airports in Taiwan, regardless of nationality, are required to obtain a certificate showing negative result for COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken three days before departure and provide proof of the place of quarantine before boarding. The place should be a group quarantine facility or quarantine hotel. Those choosing to undergo quarantine at home should meet the requirement of one person per residence.
All passengers travelling to Taiwan are required to fill in the online Quarantine System for Entry form and present the approved barcode before boarding. Passengers who are unable to complete the Quarantine System for Entry form or choose to quarantine at home are required to fill in the Home Quarantine Residence Affidavit form.
Passengers arriving in Taiwan who have a travel history in the following places in the past 14 days are required to proceed to group quarantine facilities to undergo quarantine for 14 days and take COVID-19 test, followed by obtaining another COVID-19 test negative result before completing the quarantine period and self-health management for seven days:
· From 24 February 2021
· From 14 January 2021
- South Africa
· From 23 December 2020
- United Kingdom
Low-risk countries/regions: New Zealand, Macao, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Laos, Nauru, East Timor, Mauritius, the Marshall Islands, Bhutan.
Medium-risk countries/regions: Australia, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia.
Hong Kong Airlines staff will perform document checks at the airport to confirm if passengers are eligible to travel to destinations with restrictions in place. Passengers without checked baggage and holding mobile or self-print boarding passes will be subject to document check before boarding.
Passengers will also be asked to declare their travel history to help us ensure eligibility to travel.
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