Following a new border control restriction banning foreigners from entering Taiwan using a visitor or landing visa ordered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 19, French tourists, Mathilde and Paul found themselves stranded with no place to go in Taiwan.
他們與The China Post分享，他們是在3月12日入境台灣抵達高雄的。抵達台灣時，中央流行疫情中心還未宣佈所有由歐洲入境的旅客皆需自主隔離。
The young couple shared with The China Post that they had arrived on March 12 and headed to Kaohsiung, before the new travel ban or regulations requiring mandatory quarantine for all travelers from Europe took place.
When the new restrictions came into effect, the hotel that Mathilde and Paul had originally booked refused to house them, and they found themselves with nowhere to stay.
They immediately reported their situation to local authorities and expressed wishes to self-quarantine.
However, as both are not of Taiwanese nationality, the quarantine fees totaled to NT$50,000—a fee beyond their original budget plan.
Luckily, thanks to a French community on Facebook, Cedric (a French national who had lived in Taiwan for 23 years) learned of their predicament and offered them a place to stay.
“The local authorities were very flexible and spent 10 hours trying to help us figure out the best solution,” Paul said.
As for now, Paul say that they are currently staying in Cedric’s home in Tainan, awaiting their flight home.
As the self-quarantine time is almost up, Paul says they will head north to check on their flight plans and intend to leave on April 4th.
Through it all, the couple stressed that authorities in Taiwan were helpful, but were probably a bit overwhelmed by the situation as well.
The couple are currently under self-quarantine share that the local police have continuously checked up on them and reminded them to take their temperatures twice a day.
Though this trip was far from what they had planned, Mathilde and Paul expressed their wishes to once again visit Taiwan when the pandemic ends.
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