Taiwan to Officially End COVID-19 Quarantine for Arrivals on Oct. 13, 2022
With the receding and the effective control of COVID-19 pandemic, since October 13, 2022, Taiwan has discontinued the mandatory quarantine for international travelers arriving from overseas, whereas the “0+7” scheme are implemented.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Taiwan entry restrictions and requirements.
Can I travel to Taiwan?
Yes, foreign nationals of visa waiver countries or who obtain a visa for Taiwan are allowed to enter the country.
Is Taiwan open for tourism?
Taiwan’s ban on inbound and outbound tour groups has been lifted on October 13, 2022, while the mandatory quarantine for oversea arrivals is eliminated following by the 0+7 plan. The current policy of suspending the entry of Chinese tourists remains.
Concurrently, in addition to the restoration of visa-free entry scheme, foreign travelers from countries which are not granted visa-free treatment are allowed to apply for visa to enter Taiwan for social visits and tourism.
Does the visa exemption program apply?
Yes, the visa exemption program has been fully restored since September 29, 2022. Nationals of 66 countries, including US, Australia, European countries, diplomatic allies, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, etc., are eligible for the visa-free entry scheme with a duration of stay of up to 90 days.
The scheme is open to the designated nations’ nationals entering Taiwan to engage in activities that do not require a permit, such as business, exhibition visits, fact-finding missions, international exchanges, visiting relatives, tourism, and social events.
Is mandatory quarantine still required for travelers coming to Taiwan?
Since October 13, 2022, the mandatory quarantine for oversea arrivals has been discontinued under the 0+7 scheme (7 days of self-initiated epidemic prevention), the quarantine hotels have been reinstated to general hotels concurrently.
What are the quarantine rules for the arrivals?
Starting from October 13, 2022, all travelers coming to Taiwan need to follow the 0+7 plan (7 days of self-initiated epidemic prevention), the day of arrival counts as Day 0.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
Arrivals are not required to provide a proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival. However, those who test positive abroad are still required to wait more than 7 days from their specimen collection date before taking a flight to Taiwan.
- Medical insurance
In the event of COVID-19 infection, the arrivals need to pay out of their pockets for all the medical bills. In case high cost of expenses occurs, arrivals are advised to purchase medical insurance overseas.
- PCR test
Arrivals are not required to provide a result of a PCR test and to take saliva PCR test upon arrival. However, arrivals who have experienced any suspected COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days before their arrival should voluntarily report their symptoms to a Taiwan CDC quarantine officer at the airport/port.
- Rapid test
1 rapid test kits will be provided to the arrivals aged 2 and above by the personnel at the international airports/ports upon entry.
- Arrival transportation
Besides taking a ride from friends, relatives, companies, organizations or tour operator from the airport to their accommodation, arrivals without COVID-19 symptoms can also choose to take public transportation.
After arrival (self-initiated epidemic prevention 0+7 days)
- When to use the rapid test kits
During the self-initiated epidemic prevention period, the arrivals will only need to take an at-home rapid test when they develop symptoms
- Test positive with a rapid test
The arrivals should seek medical attention as soon as possible and have their positive rapid test results evaluated through telemedicine/video consultations provided by a health facility.
Those with mild/severe symptoms will receive medical care at a designated quarantine place or a hospital.
Please note all the medical payments need to be paid out of their own pockets. In case high cost of expenses occurs, arrivals are advised to purchase medical insurance overseas.
- During the trip
People in Taiwan are no longer required to wear face masks in most indoor settings since Feb 20, 2023. Related details are listed below:
Masks should be worn at all times indoors in the places/venues listed below:
- Health care facilities: healthcare, medical, and senior welfare institutions, long-term care facilities, veterans home, children and youth services, and care institutions for physically or mentally disabled people.
- Public transportation and designated vehicles: trains, ships, aircraft, and other vehicles and stations/terminals.
*In the above situations, wearing a mask will not be required in the places/venues above: eating, taking photos, during checkups or activities where wearing a mask is not appropriate or feasible.
Wearing a mask is recommended in the situations listed below:
- When a fever or respiratory symptoms are present
- When elderly people or people with weak immune systems go out
- When people are in a crowded place where proper distance with others cannot be maintained or ventilation is poor
- When people come into close contact with elderly people or people with weak immune systems (especially those who are not fully vaccinated).
*Members of the public can choose to wear or not wear a mask in other indoor places or spaces by themselves.
Can we book hotels and transfers through Edison Tours?
Yes, we provide consultation services and reservations of hotels across the country. Other travel services such as private transfers and customized tours can also be handled through our company.
Does Edison Tours provide join-in tours for individual travelers?
Yes. As of now, we have 15 regular sightseeing tours, 7 seasonal tours and 22 private tours available for reservation. There will be more to come soon.