Taiwan to drop quarantine for arrivals by mid-October

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East Asia’s economy is one of the few remaining places still requiring quarantine for visitors.

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Taiwan has announced that it will lift the quarantine for arrivals by mid-October as the East Asian economy moves towards dismantling some of the latest pandemic-related border restrictions that are still in place around the world.

Taiwan’s cabinet said Thursday it would seek to lift its requirement that arrivals be quarantined at a hotel or home for three days, followed by four days of self-monitoring from around Oct. 13.

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Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng told local media that visa-free entry for all countries that had such status before the pandemic would also resume from next Thursday. Lo said the government would also raise the weekly limit for foreign visitors to 60,000 and cancel COVID PCR tests for arriving passengers.

Taiwan last week resumed visa-free entry for visitors from several countries, including the US and Canada.

Under the relaxed rules, visitors who test positive for COVID-19 will still be required to self-quarantine at a hotel or at home.

The self-governing island is the only major economy other than China and Hong Kong that still requires travelers to quarantine after Asian countries such as South Korea and Malaysia waived quarantine rules earlier this year.

Although previously credited with saving lives during the pandemic, border restrictions have taken a heavy toll on businesses, especially those dependent on tourism.

After more than two years of following the “COVID zero” strategy, more than 6 million cases have been reported in Taiwan since the local spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant and its subvariants began in January.

However, according to Taiwanese health authorities, more than 99.5% of infections are mild or asymptomatic.

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