Officials in Taiwan are further tightening international travel restrictions in response to increased COVID-19 activity. From 00:01 May 19 through June 18, foreign nationals without valid Alien Resident Certificates will be barred from entering Taiwan. Authorities will also prevent noncitizens from making international transit flights through airports in Taiwan during the same period. Some exceptions to the entry ban may be granted for emergency humanitarian purposes.
Travel RestrictionsFlights to mainland China remain restricted indefinitely; airlines are only allowed to fly to airports in Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA, PVG), Xiamen (XMN), and Chengdu (CTU). Transit through Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is possible until 00:01 May 19, provided travelers have a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure, enter and leave on the same airline, and limit the stopover to less than eight hours. Taiwan continues to ban cruise ships.
Officials require most inbound passengers, including Taiwan citizens and residents, to present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test obtained within three business days before departure. Exceptions to testing requirements are possible in emergency situations, but passengers receiving them must pay for a COVID-19 test upon arrival. All travelers seeking exemptions to pre-departure testing must provide supporting documents or face penalties.
Most arrivals must self-quarantine for 14 days. All incoming passengers must submit proof that they have suitable accommodations for quarantine in Taiwan. Travelers planning to quarantine at home must sign an affidavit confirming they meet the one-person-per-residence requirements. All inbound travelers who had COVID-19 symptoms within the previous 14 days must undergo a PCR test upon arrival and a second such test 24 hours later. Officials require these travelers to stay at a government quarantine facility until both results are available and to see a physician before completing the remainder of the quarantine period. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel and medical history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,336).
Authorities require some inbound travelers from Southeast Asian countries to quarantine at government-designated hotels; officials will direct arriving passengers living with people with chronic illnesses, children younger than six years old, or adults older than 65 years old to the facilities. All travelers must pay for a COVID-19 test before their release from quarantine. Passengers who have been to the UK, South Africa, eSwatini, India, or Brazil within 14 days of their arrival in Taiwan must follow self-health management procedures for seven days following their mandatory self-quarantine periods. Arrivals with recent travel history in Brazil and India remain subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine in government-run facilities.
Consider postponing travel to Taiwan if affected by travel restrictions. Confirm entry requirements before traveling to Taiwan. Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for health screenings when arriving in or traveling across Taiwan. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny, delays, and quarantine.