On August 9, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread in the Philippines. 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, migrant workers, foreign students, and foreign diplomats), 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.