COVID-19


Q1:For what purposes may foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents presently apply to enter Taiwan?
A1:
1.Foreign nationals: Foreign nationals may apply to enter Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and social visits.
2.Hong Kong and Macao residents: Hong Kong and Macao residents may apply to enter Taiwan for special humanitarian reasons or emergency situations; to fulfill contractual obligations; as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises; when they are the spouse or child of an R.O.C. national and possess an R.O.C. Resident Certificate; for commercial and trade exchanges; or when they hold an R.O.C. Resident Certificate related to employment, investment, or entrepreneurship.
Note: Hong Kong and Macao residents who hold a valid R.O.C. Resident Certificate with one of the following purposes of residence noted on their Resident Certificate are currently permitted to enter Taiwan: Hong Kong and Macao residents HF143 to 152, 155, 162, 163, 171 to 174, 189, 196 and 199.

Q2:Presently foreign nationals may not come to Taiwan with tourism, including social visits , as a purpose. What is meant by a social visit?
A2:
1.The term “social visit” would include attending social activities or making private visits that have no obvious connection to family and no responsible domestic contact point. Examples include coming to Taiwan to visit friends or attend a wedding banquet, sporting events, concert or performance, or holiday festival.
2.For any further questions, please contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Q3:What commercial/business activities may foreign nationals come to Taiwan to engage in? How does this differ from the directive issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 18 concerning those fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations?
A3:
1.The March 18 announcement concerning the fulfilment of commercial and contractual obligations only applied to those who had obtained a permit from the central government competent authority concerning investment, employment, or contract fulfillment, or had proof from an enterprise that they were fulfilling an obligation.
2.The purposes currently accepted for coming to Taiwan for commercial reasons are broader and include such business activities as goods inspection, after-sales service, technical guidance and training, and signing contracts. An applicant must present relevant documentary evidence to a foreign mission abroad when applying for a special entry permit.
3.For any further questions, please contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Q4:Through which agency or authorized institution should foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents apply for an entry permit?
A4:
1.Foreign nationals should submit an application for an entry permit to an R.O.C. overseas mission. Hong Kong and Macao residents should submit an application for an entry permit to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong or Macao.
2.The notice of entry measures set by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that require foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents coming to Taiwan to present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to departure and to undergo a 14-day period of home quarantine after entry shall be affixed on their passport or exit & entry permit by an R.O.C. overseas mission or the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong or Macao. Applicants must follow the above procedure.

Q5:What are quarantine measures for foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents?
A5:
1.Foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents, when checking in with the airline for the flight to Taiwan at the place of departure, must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior of boarding.
2.Foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents bound for Taiwan shall use their mobile phone to log into the Quarantine System for Entry when checking in or prior to boarding at the place of departure and fill out the health declaration form. They must also undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entering Taiwan and follow related quarantine measures (quarantine measures may vary depending on the CECC’s travel notice level for  destinations).

Q6:Which foreign nationals are exempt from providing an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding the flight to Taiwan at the airport of departure?
A6:
1.Personnel on diplomatic or official business, migrant workers, and students have been listed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labor, and the Ministry of Education, respectively, as special cases. Additionally, in consideration of the difficulty in obtaining a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test for people coming to Taiwan for emergency situations and crewmembers on vessels arriving in Taiwan, these groups are exempted from providing such a certificate.
2.All other foreign nationals must provide such a certificate upon arrival in Taiwan.
※To ensure public health and safety, the CECC announced that starting from August 12, travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines must follow related quarantine measures which are listed below.
1. Taiwanese nationals and certain foreign nationals (foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa), whether they have symptoms or not, must have their specimens collected at the airport upon entry into the country.
2. Foreign nationals without an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa must provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of boarding before they are allowed to board their flight, board their transit flight, or enter Taiwan.
3. Travelers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines must undergo quarantine for 14 days at a group quarantine facility after entry into the country. Foreign nationals, except those holding an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa, are required to pay NT$ 1,500 per night for their stay at the facility. The government would cover the expense of the stay at a group quarantine facility for Taiwanese nationals and foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa. 

Q7:How is the three-day period calculated with respect to a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding the flight to Taiwan? Is the boarding day included?
A7:
1.Travelers should provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued by a medical institution within three days prior to boarding the flight, and the three-day period of such certificate means three working days. Therefore, national holidays in the country/regions where the traveler takes the COVID-19 test may be excluded.
2.The three-day period of such a certificate refers to the three days prior to the day of the flight, excluding the boarding day. For instance, if an eligible traveler takes a flight to Taiwan on July 31, the traveler should provide his/her certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued on or after July 28.

Q8:Do foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents who hold a valid Alien Resident Certificate need to submit for inspection a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result before boarding?
A8:
1.Foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents who hold a valid ARC and have obtained permission to enter Taiwan, and nationals who hold an exit & entry permit and have no household registration may be exempt from providing such a certificate before boarding. However, they are still required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entering Taiwan.
2.However, if they wish to apply for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan as short-term business travelers, they must provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test report (please refer to the Regulations concerning short-term business travelers’ applications for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan).
Note: Hong Kong and Macao residents who hold a valid R.O.C. Resident Certificate with one of the following purposes of residence noted on their Resident Certificate are currently permitted to enter Taiwan: Hong Kong and Macao residents HF143 to 152, 155, 162, 163, 171 to 174, 189, 196 and 199.

Q9:Do foreign nationals residents who hold a valid resident visa need to submit for inspection a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result before boarding?
A9:Foreign nationals with a residence visa who wish to come to Taiwan may apply for an ARC at the National Immigration Agency after entry. Therefore, they may be exempt from providing such a certificate before boarding. However, they are still required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entering Taiwan.

Q10:Do foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents who obtain permission to enter Taiwan (e.g. on June 24) and take a flight after June 29 need to provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test?
A10:Foreign nationals and Hong Kong and Macao residents who take a flight to Taiwan on June 29 (local time at the place of departure), when checking in with the airline for the flight, must present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding the flight. They shall use their mobile phone to log into the Quarantine System for Entry when checking in or prior to boarding at the place of departure and fill out the health declaration form. They must also undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entering Taiwan and follow related quarantine measures.

Q11:If a traveler transfers to Taiwan through a third country, which voyage is the three-day period of a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result based on?
A11:In principle, the three-day period would be counted from the first boarding time. However, if the traveler transfers through and stays in a third country for more than 3 days, the three-day period would refer to three days prior to boarding the following connecting flight to Taiwan.

Q12:If a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding the flight to Taiwan provided by travelers is not in English but another language, such as Chinese, French, or Spanish, how should it be handled?
A12:
1.In principle, the certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding the flight to Taiwan presented by travelers shall still be in English or Chinese; the bilingual (Chinese/English) version of the certificate can also be accepted.
2.In situations where the traveler provides a French- or Spanish-language certificate, other than Chinese or English, of a negative COVID-19 test result, if the certificate is in the official language of the place of departure, and the airline personnel is capable of assisting in the inspection of the content, such as name and passport number of the traveler, test requested, testing method, the certificate may be accepted, and the traveler may be allowed to board. However, if the traveler wishes to apply for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan, he or she shall still present an English- or Chinese-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result to facilitate the inspection by local health authorities in Taiwan.

Q13:If it is difficult for travelers to obtain a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding, is there an alternative?
A13:As many countries have required travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test report before entry, Taiwan’s entry measures that require travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test report before boarding are not special requirements. Moreover, when more foreign nationals are eligible to apply for entry into Taiwan, the government should reduce the risk posed by imported cases as much as possible, which may undermine domestic epidemic prevention efforts and impose a medical burden. In addition, presenting a negative COVID-19 test report before boarding can ensure the safety of passengers and crew members on the same flight. On the other hand, if a negative COVID-19 test report cannot be provided by foreign nationals arriving from a country/region, it may indicate that epidemic control or epidemic prevention capacity in the country/region is inadequate, and the risk level for the country/region is not negligible. Travelers from the region are advised against all travel to Taiwan.

Q14:What items are required for a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to boarding the flight to Taiwan?
A14:
1.A negative test report should be a nucleic acid test, a molecular biology technique for testing, and should indicate following: the name, date of birth or passport number of the traveler, the virus name (COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2), testing method (PCR, Real-Time PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, NAT or Molecular Diagnostics), and the result (negative or undetectable).
2.Antibody serology testing (IgG or IgM) is not molecular biology nucleic acid testing and thus, does not meet the requirements for a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result.
 
最後更新日期 2020/8/13
The novel viral pneumonia (officially called COVID-19) started since December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. Fever was the main clinical symptom. Some would also experience breathing difficulties with X-ray findings of infiltrative injury to both lungs. The cause of this novel pneumonia belongs to a class of virus called coronavirus. Other significant diseases such as SARS also belong to the coronavirus family.
最後更新日期 2020/3/4
Coronavirus (CoV) is an enveloped virus which gives its name from the crown-like spikes seen under electron microscopy.
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
Coronavirus infection among humans primarily involves the respiratory tract, including symptoms of general upper respiratory infection like nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, cough, and fever. However, infections caused by SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) tend to be more severe than other strains of human coronavirus, with some cases developing severe pneumonia and even respiratory failure.
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
Apart from those transmissible to humans, other specific strains of coronaviruses are also known to infect animals such as bat, pig, cattle, turkey, cat, dog, and ferret. Case reports of animal-to-human transmission have also been reported.
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
When a pneumonia outbreak of unknown origin took place in Wuhan, China in December 2019, most cases could be traced back to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a wet market selling seafood and wild animals. SARS-CoV-2 was detected in environmental specimens from this market; however, the exact source of infection remained elusive.
Besides, epidemiological studies of confirmed cases demonstrated infection among family members and healthcare personnel. As a result, it is highly probable that the risk of human-to-human transmission may be increased through respiratory droplets within close proximity, as well as direct or indirect contact with nasal or oral secretions and body fluids of infected individuals.
 
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
The main clinical manifestations of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are fever, general fatigue, respiratory symptoms, and dry cough, while some of them may even develop respiratory failure. In severe cases, the symptoms could progress to severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress, or multiple organ failure, and shock. According to available epidemiological data reported so far, most patients eventually recover, but there are still some deaths. Most mortality cases had underlying diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, chronic liver disease, renal insufficiency, and cardiovascular disease, etc.
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
When travelling to epidemic regions or taking public transportation in those regions, wearing surgical face masks is recommended as a preventive measure, the same as preventing common respiratory tract infections.
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
If you have (1) traveled to or lived in epidemic regions during the past 14 days, or (2) been informed by health authorities that you were in contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases, and has developed a fever or respiratory symptoms during home quarantine, you should:
  •  Put on surgical face mask immediately
  • Contact the local health bureau, or dial the toll-free Taiwan CDC Infection Control Hotline 1922 for help, and seek medical service as advised as soon as possible.
  • Be sure to inform the doctor of your travel history, occupational or other relevant exposure, and if anyone around you has developed similar symptoms.
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
After the SARS outbreak in 2003, Taiwan has been routinely screening for fever on all inbound international transportation at ports of entry and conducting quarantine assessments on the travel history of fever individuals. In response to the COVID-19 epidemic which first originated from Wuhan, China, the Taiwan Central Epidemics Command Center (CECC) has been constantly strengthening international epidemic surveillance as well as border control measures. To minimize the risk of any community outbreaks, passengers presenting with fever at international and Mini Three Links ports of entry are required to clarify any travel history to Wuhan and undergo comprehensive health assessment to evaluate the need of on-the-spot compulsory transfer to hospital (medical evacuation). For inbound travelers with upper respiratory symptoms who do not meet the criteria of compulsory transfer to hospital, they are required to complete the “Communicable Disease Survey Form” and receive “Notification of Compulsory Quarantine for Arriving Passengers with Suspicious Symptoms.” This is aimed at strengthening quarantine measures at ports of entry and to improve understanding of COVID-19 among the general public, while protecting domestic security at once.
最後更新日期 2020/4/7
According to the WHO and Chinese officials, the incubation period of the novel coronavirus between disease exposure to the onset of symptoms ranges from 2 to 12 days (7 days on average). However, 14 days of surveillance is required for those travelling to the regions of epidemic or in contact with infected patient(s) by the virus.
最後更新日期 2020/3/4
Apart from those transmissible to humans, other specific strains of coronavirus are also able to infect animals such as bats, pigs, cattle, turkeys, cats and dogs. There were also few cases of animal-to-human infection. Coronavirus can cause infection in humans and other vertebrates. Most types of coronaviruses transmit infection mainly via secretions and droplets. Some infected animals also suffer from having diarrhoea, and the virus present in the faeces can cause further disease transmission.
最後更新日期 2020/3/4
There is no vaccine as yet to prevent COVID-19. Prevention is the same as for other respiratory infections including washing hands frequently, wearing masks and cleaning up secretion from the mouth and nose appropriately. Other measures include avoiding crowded places such as markets or local hospitals, avoiding contact with animals and dead animals and avoiding eating raw meat or eggs. Additionally, you should wear masks and attend medical attention immediately when flu-like symptoms occur (such as body temperature ≧38, and coughing, etc)
最後更新日期 2020/3/4
Currently, there is no targeted treatment for COVID-19. Current treatment aims at supportive care. The anti-viral medications used for SARS have not been proven to help with the novel coronavirus infection. There is no vaccine as yet to prevent the novel (new) coronavirus. Please seek medical attention immediately if you are unwell.
最後更新日期 2020/3/4
Please wear a surgical mask immediately and call 1922 or local health bureau if you have been to or resided in the epidemic region affected by the novel coronavirus in the past 14 days, have been  identified as a contact of an infected person or have developed fever or respiratory symptoms. When you call for help, please seek medical attention as instructed and provide doctors with detailed travel history and occupational exposure.
最後更新日期 2020/3/5
For living environments such as furniture and kitchen, you can apply 1:100 diluted bleach (500 ppm). For bathroom or toilet surfaces, apply 1:10 diluted bleach (5000ppm) to disinfect. You should disinfect once a day with freshly diluted bleach and make sure there is good airflow to maintain good air quality.
最後更新日期 2020/3/4