Taiwan bans non-resident foreigners

MORE CONTAGIOUS: Quarantine rules would also be changing after a Taiwanese teenager who returned from the UK was found to have the new variant of the virus

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 31, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Singer Jam Hsiao, front center, and his group Lion yesterday pose with their dancers and backing singers at a preview for their New Year’s Eve performance tonight in Taipei’s Xinyi District. Due to disease prevention measures, people attending the festivities will be required to provide personal identification and contact details in case contact tracing is required.
Photo courtesy of Magpie Entertainment

1Starting from tomorrow, all non-resident foreign nationals are temporarily banned from entering Taiwan for a month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced yesterday, as it confirmed Taiwan’s first case of the new COVID-19 variant from the UK.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that border control and quarantine measures would be tightened to prevent the new, more contagious coronavirus variant, which was first reported in the UK and has since spread to other continents.

“Starting from Jan. 1, all foreign nationals, except those holding an Alien Resident Certificate or under special conditions, will be temporarily banned from entry,” he said, adding that the ban would cover travelers with a flight scheduled after midnight.

Exemptions to the entry ban also include foreigners who are Alien Permanent Residence Certificate holders, diplomatic and service passport holders, business personnel who are fulfilling contractual obligations, humanitarian visa holders, the spouses or minor children of Taiwanese, and people who have special government approval.    [FULL  STORY]

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