Czech delegation to be tested before flight, no quarantine needed

Miloš Vystrčil. / From twitter.com/SenatCZ

TAIPEI (CNA) — A delegation of Czech officials scheduled to visit Taiwan in late August will have to test negative for COVID-19 before their flight, but they will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

The delegation, which will be led by Miloš Vystrčil, the president of the Senate of the Czech Republic, will consist of some 90 business leaders, scientists and legislators. They will visit Taiwan from Aug. 30 to Sep. 4.

The COVID-19 control and prevention measures that will be taken for the trip will be based on those used earlier this month when representatives from the United States and Japan visited Taiwan, CECC spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Monday.

The specifics, however, are still being worked out with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chuang said.

Based on the current plan, members of the delegation will have to test negative for COVID-19 before they are allowed to board their flight to Taiwan, and they will be tested again in Taiwan some time during their trip, Chuang said.

They will not be required to go into quarantine, Chuang said.

Earlier this month, both U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori led delegations to Taiwan.

Azar and his delegation were required to present negative COVID-19 tests taken within three days before departing, and they were only granted entry once they tested negative again for the disease upon arrival in Taiwan.

Mori and his delegation, who were in Taiwan for less than a day, also had to test negative for COVID-19 within three days prior to their departure.