CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan eases quarantine rules for arrivals from Israel and Indonesia

Passengers arriving in Taiwan from Israel and Indonesia will not be required to quarantine at a government facility starting Oct. 17, and can instead choose to stay at a quarantine hotel, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.

The change is because the two countries will no longer be listed as "key high-risk countries" effective from that date, as their COVID-19 case numbers have continued to fall, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said at a daily press briefing.

According to the CECC, the countries currently included on the "key high-risk countries" list are India, the United Kingdom, Israel, Indonesia and Myanmar.

The revised classification will allow travelers from both countries more choice in where they carry out the mandatory 14-day quarantine, though they will be required to pay for their accommodation, even if they choose to stay at a government facility.

Currently, Taiwan requires travelers who have been to or transited through "key high-risk countries" in the last 14 days before entering Taiwan to quarantine at a government-designated facility, where they can stay for free.

However, regardless of where they are arriving from, all travelers must undergo three COVID-19 tests: one polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at the beginning and end of the quarantine period, and a COVID-19 antigen rapid test during the self-health management period after their mandatory 14-day quarantine, Chuang explained.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel