[Coronavirus information] Health, event & travel guidelines and government financial support initiatives (0520 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.
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. (0520)
Events and meetings
In line with Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) recommendations, the number of participants at ECCT events will be restricted to no more than 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
Unless otherwise notified, all ECCT events and meetings will proceed as usual.
If meetings scheduled to be held in the ECCT office have sign-ups of more than 15 people, arrangements will be made to hold the meeting in a larger venue. Members will be advised if the venue of meetings has been changed.
When attending ECCT activities, members are requested to take personal responsibility for their hygiene by wearing face masks, washing their hands frequently and refraining from shaking hands. As an additional precaution, where possible, ECCT staff will provide hand sanitizer and take the temperatures of guests attending events.
Travel notice levels and restrictions
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.