[Coronavirus information] Health, event & travel guidelines and government financial support initiatives (10/19 update)
In response to health concerns arising from the novel 2019 coronavirus (Covid-19), the ECCT will follow the Taiwan government's guidelines regarding the scheduling and running of its operations and activities.
CECC continues to investigate Japan's notification concerning asymptomatic travelers testing positive for COVID-19 after their departure from Taiwan. (1019 update)
CECC changes starting date for selling medical masks with new imprints through name-based rationing system due to production and logistics operations. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Masks made by Carry Mask sold under name-based rationing system can be exchanged at NHI-contracted pharmacies and local public health centers. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
People failing to collect masks pre-purchased during Periods 1-13 can collect unclaimed masks at original pick-up location or new designated store after receiving text messages. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Mass testing is still unnecessary in Taiwan as COVID-19 status in Taiwan is different from global coronavirus developments. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Starting from August 1, Taiwan to conditionally allow foreign nationals to receive medical treatment in Taiwan. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Please check the links at the bottom of this article for the latest Taiwan and international information about Covid-19. If you are interested in offering medical equipment to the EU, scroll down to the last item in this article.
Events and meetings
On October 07, CECC changes restrictions concerning attending funerals and visiting relatives for people in home isolation or quarantine. For more details, please refer to this link.
On August 26, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that people must wear masks in eight public venues (healthcare facilities, public transportation, markets, learning spaces, sports and exhibition venues, religious places, entertainment venues, large-scale events.); local governments and competent authority may announce and impose penalties for violators if necessary.
On July 8, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it has further eased restrictions concerning the permitted number of visits and time period for going out if people in home isolation or quarantine have to leave home or a designated location to attend the funeral of their relatives or visit their relatives with serious illness. For detailed information , please refer to this link.
On 7 June 2020, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) lifted previous restrictions that had limited the number of participants at large gatherings. Therefore, unless otherwise notified, all ECCT events and meetings will proceed as usual.
However, in line with CECC guidelines, when attending ECCT activities, guests are requested to practice good personal hygiene, wear face masks if they cannot keep a safe distance from others, and avoid attending ECCT activities if they feel sick.
Travel notice levels and restrictions
On October 14, CECC removes Sri Lanka from its list of medium-risk countries and moves Cambodia to the list of medium-risk countries. (1019 update)
CECC raises its risk level for Sri Lanka to medium from low risk and removes Malaysia from its list of medium-risk countries as global coronavirus situation escalates.
CECC adds Australia to its list of medium-risk countries as local infections in Australia are on the decline.
CECC continues to investigate other countries' notifications concerning travelers found to have COVID-19 after their departure from Taiwan. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
On September 21, Myanmar is removed from CECC’s list of medium-risk countries as its coronavirus situation continues to escalate; CECC adds Marshall Islands to list of low-risk countries.
On August 12, CECC raises its risk level for Vietnam to medium risk as coronavirus cases in Vietnam continue to increase.
On August 5, Japan is removed from CECC's list of medium-risk countries as its coronavirus cases rapidly increasing, with more than 1,000 new cases per day, and the majority of those cases are recorded in Japan’s urban areas that have frequent social exchanges and travel with Taiwan.
Starting from July 26, travelers arriving in Taiwan from Philippines must undergo COVID-19 testing at airports and observe quarantine measures. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
On July 22,Hong Kong, Australia are removed from CECC’s list of medium-risk countries as their coronavirus cases continue to increase.
Starting from 4 July all foreign residents with residency permits are allowed to enter Taiwan without having to obtain a negative Covid-19 test certificate, although they have to undergo to undergo a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival.
Starting from 25 June, international passengers have been allowed to transit through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Starting from 22 June, short-term business travellers are allowed entry into Taiwan and may apply for shortened home quarantine periods if they meet certain criteria and have the right documentation. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
For other cases, in accordance with the travel notice level determined by Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center, people arriving in Taiwan from the following countries should follow the procedures outlined below:
Level 1 (low risk): People arriving in Taiwan from countries listed as level 1 are advised to practice "self-help management" at home for 14 days (please see below the CDC's description of self-help management) and to observe local virus response regulations.
Level 2 (medium risk): People arriving in Taiwan from level 2 counties are to practice self-help management at home for 14 days and seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.
Level 3 (high risk): People arriving in Taiwan from high risk countries are required to fill out a form at the customs upon arrival and undergo home quarantine for 14 days. Afterwards, the Village Chief (里長) of their residential area will visit them every day according to the address provided in the form.
Note: While we will make every effort to update the information above regularly, since the coronavirus situation changes so frequently we cannot guarantee that our information is always completely up to date. Therefore, we suggest also checking the government's official websites listed below.
- The CDC's home page lists all important information about the coronavirus, including an updated list of travel advisory notices for international destinations.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a dedicated section its website that provides the latest updates on the coronavirus, including official travel notice levels.
- The latest global statistics on Covid-19
- The Taipei European School's precautions and response to Covid-19
- Bureau of Consular Affairs, Taiwan
- Ministry of Health and Welfare
Government's Covid-19 financial support measures for business
The government has announced that the tax filing period has been extended until the end of June to give companies and individuals affected by Covid-19 more time to file.
A number of government ministries are offering support measures to companies.
For more information on other support schemes, please refer to the following links (to Chinese websites)
- Ministry of Economic Affairs
- Ministry of Transportation and Communications
- Ministry of Labor
- Financial Supervisory Commission
- Ministry of Finance
- Council of Agriculture
- Ministry of Culture
In addition, you can read our Euroview News articles below for information on various government programmes and support measures to companies and individuals affected by Covid-19.
Government targeting 900,000 relief payments by week’s end Lawmakers vote to triple coronavirus bailout funds
- MOL providing 10,000 part-time jobs
- Preferential loans to be offered to those affected by coronavirus
- Government unveils further Covid-19 support measures
- Legislature passes Covid-19 support bill
CDC instructions for conducting self-health management
1. Please keep your hands clean. You should wash your hands with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers frequently. In addition, please refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands. If your hands touch any secretions from your respiratory tract, please wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly.
2. During the 14-day self-health management, please record your temperature and daily activities twice a day (morning and evening) correctly in a table.
3. During the period, if you have no symptoms, please still avoid going to public places. When you go outside, please ensure that you wear a surgical mask as required.
4. If you have any symptoms, such as fever or other respiratory symptoms, please make sure to wear a surgical mask and notify the local health authority to help you seek medical attention. When you seek medical attention, please show this notice to your physician, and inform the physician of your contact history, travel history, residence history, occupational exposure, and whether anyone else has similar symptoms.
5. During illness, please rest at home, wear a surgical mask and avoid going outside. If your mask is contaminated by secretions of nose or mouth, please fold it and throw it into the trash immediately.
6. During illness, please wear a surgical mask and keep at least 1 meter away from others while talking to them.
EU clearing house for medical equipment
The EU has set up a website where companies can submit specific offers for personal protective and other medical equipment, which will be accessible to EU member states and participating countries' health and purchasing authorities.
Interested companies need to create a log in and fill out an on-line form. If you would like to participate, please follow the steps set out below:
Logging in: To demonstrate how to create an EU Login, watch this video
Your EU log-in will be created within a maximum of 15 minutes.
Opening & completing the form: Once you have an EU log-in you can proceed to fill out this form
A quick user guide is available on this web page that provides step by step guidelines on how to complete the form and where to turn to in case of technical problems.
Member states and participating countries' authorities will be able to access your offers and your contact details. Due to the high volume of offers on different types of equipment, the EU will unfortunately be unable to enter into any further correspondence about your offer. If you are not contacted by a potential buyer, it means that there is currently no demand or interest for your specific offer. However, the situation might evolve quickly in line with Covid-19-related needs so you might be contacted by potential buyers at a later stage. If your offer is for a limited time only, it will be automatically deleted after it expires. If for any other reason you would wish to delete the offer once posted, please e-mail SANTESDCP@ec.europa.eu with the "Dossier ID" you receive when posting an offer.