Foreign ministry announces limited reopening of borders

  • 25 June, 2020
  • John Van Trieste
Taiwan is planning to reopen its borders to select categories of international travelers.

The foreign ministry says that Taiwan will reopen its borders to foreign nationals on a limited basis beginning June 29. The announcement comes as the education ministry moves to start admitting foreign students from certain countries and territories.

Only those coming to Taiwan for certain purposes will be admitted. They must apply for clearance to travel to Taiwan from one of Taiwan’s embassies ore representative offices in advance.

The foreign ministry says the following categories of foreign nationals are eligible to apply: those attending international meetings or exhibitions, those taking part in working holiday programs, those coming to seek employment, those coming to volunteer or take part in international exchanges, those coming as missionaries, those coming for training programs, and those coming for youth exchanges.

Tourists and what the foreign ministry calls “general visitors” are not eligible for travel clearance.

Travelers who receive permission to come to Taiwan must also be able to show that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within three days of their departure. After arrival, they will be required to spend 14 days in quarantine.

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