WUHAN VIRUS/Taxi service for quarantine-bound travelers to be launched

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/03/2020
By: Yu Hsiao-han and Matthew Mazzetta

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Travelers entering Taiwan from locations subject to mandatory home quarantine regulations from March 4 will be required to use a new "epidemic prevention transport service" instead of public transportation, with fines of between NT$100,000 (US$3,334) and NT$1 million set to take effect March 11 for violators.

In a Facebook post Monday, Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said the service is aimed at accommodating the roughly 1,000 travelers arriving daily from China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Italy and Iran, who are required to undergo 14-day home quarantine.

Subtracting travelers who are picked up by family members or friends, around 600 people per day require transportation to their home quarantine locations, the vast majority of whom arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Lin said.

At a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) press conference on Tuesday, Yeh Hsieh-lung (葉協隆), director of the Department of Aviation and Navigation, explained that the service will be launched on Wednesday, and that following a one-week trial period, travelers who take public transportation to their quarantine locations will face fines of NT$100,000-NT$1 million.

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