Taiwan mulls loosening travel restrictions

Taiwan may soon reopen to tourists and scrap its quarantine requirement, though tourists will still have to be triple-jabbed, travel in tour groups and have tested negative in a polymerase chain reaction test.

Transport minister Wang Kwo-tsai revealed yesterday that guidelines have been prepared for both inbound and outbound passengers, adding the rules specify that tour groups must adhere to their prearranged itineraries when visiting the island.

However, Wang admitted details of the border reopening have yet to be finalized as much depends on the local epidemic situation.

However, he offered a glimpse at what's to come, saying: "Currently, the quarantine period [for overseas arrivals] is seven days of hotel quarantine followed by seven days of home isolation but the next stage could be three days in hotels and four days at home."

Taiwan has already taken steps to boost domestic tourism by offering individual travelers a subsidy of NT$1,300 (HK$345) while tour groups are entitled to between NT$20,000 and NT$30,000 each.

Wang said: "We have entered the peak stage of the epidemic so we must get through this first. As such, domestic tourism will be prioritized at this juncture."

Taiwan yesterday recorded 72,967 Covid-19 cases. Of these, 72,911 were locally transmitted. Additionally, 211 deaths were reported, taking Taiwan's death toll to 3,584.
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