CECC sets new self-quarantine rules for returning Taiwanese, residents

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TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan citizens and other residents returning from Europe or the Americas will soon be required to self-quarantine at designated hotels, depending on their home circumstances, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.

The new regulations, which take effect April 18, mandates 14-day hotel quarantine for incoming citizens and residents who have shared accommodation in Taiwan that does not include a private room with an en suite bathroom, according to the CECC.

The same applies to those who live in the same home with children under the age of six, people over the age of 65, or people with chronic diseases, as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, the CECC said.

Incoming Taiwan citizens and residents — the only travelers allowed into the country at this time — will have to provide information at the check-in counter about their living arrangements, if they have traveled to Europe or the Americas in the 14 days prior to their return, the CECC said.

Failure to provide accurate information will result in fines of up to NT$150,000 (US$4,950), the CECC said.

According to the national Tourism Bureau, there are 6,000 hotel rooms across the country designated for quarantine purposes, 30 percent of which are currently occupied.

About one third of the rooms are in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan cities, where demand is higher, while the others are scattered across the other municipalities in Taiwan, said Chang Shi-chung (張錫聰), deputy director-general of the Tourism Bureau.

The hotels are eligible to receive a government subsidy of NT$1,000 per night for each person in quarantine, but the government has no control over the room rates, Chang said.

Most returning travelers in self-quarantine in Taiwan are also eligible to a daily government subsidy of NT$1,000, according to the current regulations.

Chang said incoming travelers who wish to book a hotel room for quarantine can find detailed information on the website taiwanstay.net.tw/covhotel/.