Taiwanese citizens to get travel subsidies from July: ministry

Taiwanese citizens will get subsidies for travel starting on July 1 through a stimulus package launched to boost the economy as the COVID-19 outbreak eases, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Monday.(CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwanese citizens will get subsidies for travel starting on July 1 through a stimulus package launched to boost the economy as the COVID-19 outbreak eases, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Monday.

From July 1 to Oct. 31, group tourists traveling within Taiwan will get NT$700 (US$23) per person per night at a hotel, while group travelers to the offshore counties of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu will get NT$1,200 per person per night, said Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍).

Non-group travelers will receive subsidies of NT$1,000 per room per night for a hotel stay. They need to use their national identification card to register for the program, and each person is limited to registering for the subsidy for one hotel stay, he said.

People who travel to the offshore counties, and Xiao Liuqiu, Orchid, and Green islands will be able to register for the subsidies for two hotel stays, according to Lin.

Foreign residents of Taiwan are not eligible for the subsidies.

In addition, Taiwanese citizens who were born after July 1, 2001, can enter amusement parks free of charge between July 1 and Aug. 31, he said.

Taiwan Tour Bus passengers on half-day or one-day itineraries will be eligible for “buy-one, get-one-free” offers.

All of the above promotions will apply to travel on both weekdays and weekends, Lin said.

He estimated the cost of the promotions at NT$3.9 billion and said it would support 6.38 million visits to hotels and parks and bus tour trips.