CORONAVIRUS/CECC mulls fines for travelers arriving without COVID-19 testing

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/28/2020
By: Chen Wei-ting and Matthew Mazzetta

A temperature screening point at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Saturday that it is considering guidelines to fine those who arrive in the country without proof of a recent COVID-19 test, after such tests become mandatory in Taiwan on Dec. 1.

Earlier this month, the CECC announced that it would begin requiring anyone seeking to enter Taiwan to present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within three days of boarding when checking in.

It later listed several exceptions to the rule, namely for individuals coming from countries where self-paid tests are unavailable, or who are in urgent situations or have otherwise been given prior approval.

At a press briefing on Saturday, CECC physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青) said the government health body is drafting guidelines to fine travelers who arrive without a test result or a valid exemption.    [FULL  STORY]

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