Taiwan adjusts rules on COVID-19 testing of foreign travelers

Health officials process arriving passengers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.(CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday slightly relaxed its regulations on the timeframe for COVID-19 testing of foreign nationals traveling to Taiwan.

The CECC had stipulated that foreign travelers to Taiwan must show a negative COVID-19 test that had been conducted no more than three days before their departure date, but on Thursday, it changed the timeframe to three business days.

The change was made because some foreign nationals whose flights were close to or on a weekend had reported difficulty obtaining the COVID-19 test within the three-day timeframe, CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said at a press conference.

He said the CECC had already informed the airlines of the slight change to its regulations in that regard.

On June 29, Taiwan eased its border restrictions to allow foreign nationals to apply to enter the country, once it was not for tourism or social visits, and it excluded mainland China citizens, migrant workers and international students.