Taoyuan International Airport expands carry-on luggage check from the Philippines starting from Aug. 19 due to a suspected African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in the country, The Central Emergency Operation Center for ASF said yesterday (Aug 18).
The operation center said Philippines hadn’t reported an ASF outbreak to the World Organization for Animal Health, but reliable sources pointed out that there is a suspected outbreak.
Besides checked luggage, the operation center said the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine has so far only had hand luggage arriving from high-risk areas including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, North Korea, South Korea and Russia as subject for X-ray scanning because of the large number of travelers in Taoyuan International Airport.
Other airports in Taiwan had already inspected all checked and carry-on baggage by the Customs Administrations, MOF, and quarantine detector dogs.
Starting Aug. 19, due to the suspected ASF outbreak in Bulacan Province and Rizal Province, the Philippines would be listed as a high-risk country of ASF requiring X-ray scanning on their hand luggage as well, the operation center said.
Due to widespread AFS in Asia, the operation center reminds domestic hoggeries to stay alert and increase preventive measures. People entering Taiwan are warned against bringing any pork products into the country or face a fine.