Foreigners barred from entering Taiwan starting Jan. 1

Foreigners without ARCs will not be allowed to enter Taiwan starting Jan. 1, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the CECC)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) announced on Wednesday that foreigners would be barred from entering Taiwan starting on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

The decision follows the recent discovery of a mutant coronavirus case in Taiwan, imported from the UK, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said during a regular press briefing.  

Chen added that new measures will now be in place following the newly confirmed case, including temporarily barring foreigners without an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC, 居留證) from entering Taiwan in the New year.

Foreigners working under business contracts, diplomats, and their spouses or children will still be allowed to enter the country, Chen added.

On the other hand, business travelers from low-risk areas will only be allowed to enter if their applications were approved prior to today’s announcement, the CECC said.

In addition, quarantine measures will also be adjusted, and citizens returning to Taiwan in 2021 will need to be quarantined alone or with those traveling with them. 

This indicates that returnees cannot quarantine at home if other resident members who did not travel abroad are living in the same residence.

The new regulations are set to be in place for a month and will be adjusted accordingly, Chen said.

Chen also reminded the public that all travelers still need to submit negative test results taken three days prior to boarding their flights.