Coronavirus: Taiwan to resume visa-free entry for some countries in latest reopening move
- Visitors from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Taipei allies will not need a visa from next Monday
- Need for three days of quarantine and on-arrival PCR test still stands under ‘new Taiwan model’
The island had kept its entry and quarantine rules in place as large parts of the rest of Asia relaxed or lifted them completely, though in June it cut the number of days spent in isolation for arrivals to three, from seven previously.
The resumption of visa-free entry for visitors from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and diplomatic allies would start from next Monday, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre said.
Taiwan, which has a well-vaccinated population, has already ended the requirement for pre-departure negative PCR tests.
Throughout the pandemic, it imposed no exit or entry restrictions on locals or foreign residents, though they had to quarantine either at home or in hotels.
Taiwan is a popular tourist destination for mainly Asian visitors, with Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia the most important markets.