[Coronavirus information] Health, event & travel guidelines and government financial support initiatives (0412 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.
Taiwan to start offering COVID-19 vaccine to disease prevention and control personnel at central and local governments and workers at high risk of exposure on April 12. For detailed information, please refer to this link. (0412 update)
CECC announces precautions to take before COVID-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccine. For detailed information, please refer to this link. (0412 update)
Disease Control Butler's Taiwan V-Watch System is officially available for the public to report health status after COVID-19 vaccination. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Taiwan to start COVID-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccine on March 22. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Starting from March 1, CECC to implement one person per residence requirement for home (self) isolation measure. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Hospitals in Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Taoyuan City to suspend visitation starting from today with certain exceptions; only one person can be allowed to accompany a patient. For more information please refer to this link.
CECC takes protection of personal data into consideration when using Digital Fencing 2.0 and collecting data for disease prevention purposes. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
CECC imposes entry restrictions and quarantine measures for non-R.O.C. nationals starting from January 1, 2021, and tightens quarantine measures for travelers coming to Taiwan starting on January 15, 2021. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Starting from January 1, CECC to tighten health and disease prevention and control measures for flight crew members of Taiwan-based airlines. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Taiwan will continue suspending entry of Indonesian migrant workers and will lift the measure depending on coronavirus situation in Indonesia. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Changes to name-based mask distribution system take effect on December 31; mask quota will become 10 masks per person every two weeks at a price of NT$40, with current distribution channels unchanged. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
CECC provides clarification on the media report concerning Taiwan nationals stranded at airports due to the Ministry of Health and Welfare's English press release. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Employer approval is required for certain migrant workers to receive TB treatment with the considerations of TB control and protection of the interests of both employers and employees. For detailed information, please refer to the 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
Community prevention: people must wear masks in eight types of public venues, and violators who refuse to comply after being advised could be penalized according to laws.
From December 1, people must wear masks in the following eight types of public venues: healthcare facilities, public transportation, places of consumption, learning places, sports and exhibition venues, entertainment venues, religious and worship places, offices and business venues. Members of the public who do not wear a face mask as required and refuse to wear a mask after being advised to do so will be fined not less than NT$3,000 and no more than NT$15,000 according to Subparagraph 6, Paragraph 1, Article 37 of the Communicable Disease Control Act by the local government.
In response to upcoming New Year countdown events and other year-end large-scale gatherings, CECC reinforces disease prevention measures for related events. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Travel notice levels and restrictions
Starting April 10, Taiwan to again allow arriving travelers with history of travel to the UK, South Africa or Eswatini to undergo quarantine at quarantine hotels or follow one person per residence requirement and quarantine at home. For detailed information, please refer to this link. (0412 update)
CECC removes East Timor from its list of medium-risk countries in response to severe local infections in the country; CECC moves Vietnam and Singapore to the list of low-risk category as cases in the two countries continue downward trend. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
CECC announces that the Taiwan-Palau travel bubble will begin; tours organized under the travel bubble should meet five main disease prevention principles. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Starting March 17, Taiwan will allow travel agencies to organize group tours to Palau and receive tour groups from Palau. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Starting from March 1, Taiwan to again allow non-R.O.C. nationals to visit Taiwan for medical purposes under certain conditions to continue providing quality medical care services. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Starting from March 1, Taiwan to again allow short-term business travelers from list of low- and medium-risk countries who are eligible to enter the country to apply for shortened quarantine periods. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
CECC moves Australia to its list of low-risk country from medium-risk category as local cases in Australia decrease. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
In response to the continued severity of COVID-19 and the new coronavirus strain found in Brazil, travelers who have history of travel to Brazil in the past 14 days will be required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities after arrival in Taiwan starting February 24. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
The pandemic continues to spread and a new coronavirus strain is detected in the UK; Starting from December 23, arrivals from the UK and travelers who have history of travel to the UK in the past 14 days are required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
In response to the continued severity of COVID-19 and the new coronavirus strain found in South Africa, travelers who have history of travel to South Africa or Eswatini in the past 14 days will be required to undergo quarantine at group quarantine facilities after arrival in Taiwan starting January 14. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
Group quarantine facilities will make an effort to ensure travelers who have a reservation but encounter a change of arrival time can still be accommodated in the facilities. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
CECC will tighten quarantine measures for travelers coming to Taiwan starting from January 15 and make group quarantine facilities available to arriving travelers. For detail information, please refer to this link.
CECC removes Thailand and Bhutan from its list of medium-risk countries/regions as local cases in the two countries continue to surge. For detailed information, please refer to this link.
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.