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Taiwan (China)

Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Taiwan (China)
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Taiwan (China)

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundAll visa application services at Taiwan diplomatic missions abroad will be suspended while Level 3 restrictions are in place. Applications will only be accepted for humanitarian reasons, attending funerals, visiting gravely ill relatives, and other purposes deemed appropriate.

Transit flights have been suspended due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. The measure will be effective until the end of Level 3 Alert Status on 28 June.

More details can be found here: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5081-c06dc-2.html and https://www.facebook.com/mofa.gov.tw/posts/1073065716551403 and https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/76gfV9Sy8SnRkIQlMiY7Cw?typeid=158
(Ends 28 June 2021)
All passengers who want to enter Taiwan must complete the Quarantine System for Entry (https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/) before checking in with the airline or boarding at the departure location. Travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before departure and undergo 14 days of quarantine and make arrangements in advance to stay in officially-approved quarantine accommodations. All travellers allowed entry will be required to show proof of the place of quarantine where they intend to complete their 14-day quarantine before departure. This could be a group quarantine facility, quarantine hotel or residence (provided the requirement of one person per residence is met), depending on the country of departure. In addition, from 22 June 2021, all travellers will have to undergo a COVID-19 test on the last day of their 14-day quarantine.

Upon arrival in Taiwan, if travellers are found to have provided a false or an incorrect test result or they refuse, evade or obstruct the related quarantine measures, they may face a fine of between NT$10,000 to NT$150,000. The certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result must be issued by a medical institution deemed qualified by the local government in the traveller's place of departure. In principle, such a certificate shall be written in English, Chinese, or both Chinese and English (bilingual version). Such a certificate shall include the following information: the name on the passport of the traveller, the date of birth or passport number of the traveller, specimen collection date and test report date, the virus name, testing method, and the result. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Bulletin/Detail/DteBUt45mw_2MZ1XV5Hkgg?typeid=9
(Until further notice)
Travellers from low- and medium-risk countries/regions who are eligible to enter Taiwan and wish to make short visits for business purposes can apply for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan. Those who wish to apply to shorten their quarantine periods will still be required to follow all the required conditions prescribed in the Regulations concerning short-term business travelers’ applications for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan. These required conditions are listed below.
1. The business traveller is eligible to enter the country in accordance with Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announcements;
2. The business traveller is applying for a duration of stay in Taiwan of less than three months;
3. The purpose of the visit is business activity and relevant documents proving the purpose have been provided by legally established businesses in Taiwan; 4. The business traveller is travelling to Taiwan from low- and medium-risk countries as listed by the CECC, and has not travelled to other countries or regions in the 14 days prior to boarding the flight for Taiwan.
For more information: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/b1eCtr41msjGk3R8f2re7A?typeid=158
The list of countries can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/XlkZOC6zLq8UeIFwBykp3Q?typeid=158

Business travellers arriving from low-risk areas must typically quarantine for five days at government-designated facilities. Those traveling from medium-risk destinations must quarantine for seven days.

The latest list of eligible countries/regions can be found on the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website. https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/List/7tUXjTBf6paRvrhEl-mrPg
(Until further notice)
Effective from 10 April, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) allows travellers who have traveled to the United Kingdom, Republic of South Africa, or the Kingdom of Eswatini in the past 14 days (travelers who have transited in those countries included) would not be required to stay at group quarantine facilities after arrival in Taiwan; such travelers may undergo the 14-day quarantine at a quarantine hotel or follow the one person per residence requirement to quarantine at their residence. After the 14-day quarantine period, they are still required to practice an additional 7-day self-health management.

Before boarding the flight to Taiwan, all travelers must provide a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report issued within three days prior to the flight schedule time; travelers coming to Taiwan must arrange a place (a quarantine hotel or a residence that meets one person per residence requirement) where they can undergo quarantine. Also, they must log into the Quarantine System for Entry to complete the online health declaration and make an affidavit stating they have met related regulations. Entry and quarantine measures will be adjusted on a rolling basis based on the status of the pandemic and effectiveness of the new policy.
(Until further notice)
The Taiwanese authorities have suspended the entry of all foreign nationals without a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). The measure will be effective until 28 June and entry will also be suspended for those holding a valid visitor visa or resident visa. Foreign nationals requiring entry for humanitarian or urgent reasons will be required to receive approval from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) before applying for a special permit.
(Ends 28 June 2021)
A travel bubble has been set up between Palau and Taiwan (China), in which tour groups from Taiwan are allowed entry. The application form needs to be submitted at least 20 days in advance for Taiwanese nationals outside of Taiwan and ten days in advance for those travelling from Taiwan. The Traveler Verification Center (TVC) will administer PCR tests at the airport for a cost of US$198. Only travellers with a negative result will be allowed to board.

Further details are available here: https://www.palaugov.pw/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Freely-Independent-Traveler-Requirements.pdf or Intended travellers should check at the following website on the status of Visa Acceptance which may resume after 18 June: https://www.palaugov.pw/travel

Conditions to be eligible for the travel bubble:
1. No history of international travel within the past six months.
2. No quarantine or home-isolation within the past two months.
3. No record of COVID-19 infection within the past three months.

Travellers who return to Taiwan from Palau through this measure do not need to undergo 14 days of quarantine. They also do not need a COVID-19 PCR test prior to returning. However, they need to implement a 'strengthened' self-health monitoring for five days. Returnees should conform to the principle of one person per room, including living spaces and bathrooms, with the exception of those who travelled together. Those living together should take appropriate protective measures, including wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and not eating together.

If a returning traveller does not show any symptoms, they can venture out, but they can only engage in fixed and limited activities and cannot take public transport. They are forbidden from going to crowded places.
(Until further notice)
OutboundThe ban on travel agencies operating outbound and inbound group tours is still in place.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticFace masks are mandatory at eight types of public venues, with fines for non-compliance. Under the policy, masks will be required at healthcare facilities, on public transport, at retail and wholesale stores and at designated educational facilities. It will also apply to exhibitions and sports venues and entertainment venues (including movie theaters, stadiums, museums and concert halls), religious facilities and locations where personal business is conducted, such as banks and post offices. Restaurants and bars will be exempt from the mandate, on the condition that social distancing measures are observed.

Those who do not wear a face mask as required and refuse to wear a mask after being advised to do so will be fined no less than NT$3,000 and no more than NT$15,000.

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Category/ListContent/tov1jahKUv8RGSbvmzLwFg?uaid=KIUJU0aZex70DPFUN3d66w

(Until further notice)
Taiwan (China) is now under Alert Level 3 restrictions (second-highest on a four-tier scale) until at least 12 July. The following restrictions have been imposed:

- Masks must be worn at all times outdoors.
- Indoor gatherings are limited to five people; outdoor gatherings are limited to nine people.
- All places of business and public venues are closed, with the exception of essential services, police departments, hospitals and government buildings.
- All schools remain closed until semester break in early July.
- Masks and social distancing are required at all businesses or venues that remain open.
- In areas where community transmission has taken place, residents are restricted to a set perimeter and must submit to COVID-19 testing.
(Ends 12 July 2021)
Taoyuan City: Extracurricular activities in schools have been suspended
(Until further notice)
From 29 Jan onwards, staff in Kaohsiung must also provide either their health insurance card or their passports if entering a medical institution. Local authorities have advised that travellers going to medical institutions call in advance to see whether they accept passports however.
(Until further notice)
All outdoor activities of more than 500 people and indoor activities of 100 or more are banned.
(Until further notice)
Taipei, New Taipei: Both cities have been raised to Alert Level 3. People are required to wear masks at all times when they leave their homes. Indoor gatherings are limited to five people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Entertainment venues have been closed indefinitely. These include bars, dance clubs, karaoke lounges, nightclubs, saunas, internet cafes, hostess clubs and teahouses. All religious activities are suspended as well. Universities have switched to online learning.

Municipal facilities including libraries and sports centres will also be closed.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Taiwan (China)

COVID-19 information for Taiwan (China)

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Taiwan is a safe travel destination. Petty crime is the problem that foreign business visitors are most likely to face. Protests are normally peaceful but occasionally end in minor clashes with the police, particularly in the event that demonstrators attempt to breach security cordons. Periodic surges of anti-Chinese or anti-Japanese sentiment very rarely provoke harassment of individual foreign visitors.

Taiwan lies in an active earthquake zone and earthquakes are a common occurrence. The island periodically experiences localised flooding and landslides associated with heavy rainfall during the typhoon season between May and November. Typhoons are more frequent and serious between July and September.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Taiwan (China)
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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Routine Vaccinations

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