Centralized quarantine required for those arriving from the Philippines starting today

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. (CNA file photo for illustrative purposes only)

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Wednesday that the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines is still on the rise and is suffering one of the most severe outbreaks among the countries in the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Region. Of all the 33 imported cases documented in Taiwan since July, 21 cases were imported from the Philippines, highlighting the severity of the pandemic outbreak.

To keep Taiwan’s epidemic situation under control and to secure the health of the Taiwanese people, the CECC has announced that, starting from August 12, all passengers arriving in Taiwan from the Philippines will be required to comply with quarantine measures, as described below.

  1. Taiwan nationals and foreigners, who hold a resident certificate or visa, migrant workers, foreign students, diplomats, are required to undergo screening at the airport upon arrival, regardless if they show symptoms or not.
  2. Foreigners who do not hold a resident certificate or visa for Taiwan must submit a COVID-19 negative test report from 3 days prior to boarding the plane, in order to transfer at Taiwan airport or to enter Taiwan.
  3. Passengers arriving from the Philippines are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a centralized quarantine facility. Nationals and foreigners with resident certificates or visas do not need to pay for the fees, whereas foreigners without resident certificates or visas will be required to pay NT$1,500 per day.

According to the CECC, the Philippines accounted for 60 percent of the Western Pacific region with an average of 3,500 cases per day in the past 2 weeks. The country has recorded a total of 143,749 cases so far.