Taiwan (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Required to present negative PCR results, no older than 3 days, or be tested at the airport upon arrival.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days required for some countries

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: No
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 13.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a Chinese Taipei travel document;
– passengers with an Alien Resident Certificate;
– passengers with a “SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT FOR COVID-19 OUTBREAK” visa with “DC”, “ER”, “FC”, “FD”, “FO”, “FR”, “FS”, “OC”, “OS”, “TC” or “TS” stated on remarks;
– passengers with a MOFA ID.
2. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 working days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, NAAT, PCR, RNA, RT-LAMP and RT-PCR. Details can be found at https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Category/MPage/XQ9r73gXAgEfJZV9zm6gaA
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport;
– passengers with an Alien Resident Certificate.
4. Passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport without a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 working days before departure from the first embarkation point:
– must complete an “Entry Quarantine Affidavit” before departure available at https://www.cdc.gov.tw/File/Get/bkwclrVuZY_x9P5kYTRVmA ;
– are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
Tests accepted are: LAMP, NAAT, PCR, RNA, RT-LAMP and RT-PCR. Details can be found at https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Category/MPage/XQ9r73gXAgEfJZV9zm6gaA .
5. Passengers with an Alien Resident Certificate without a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 working days before departure from the first embarkation point:
– must complete an “Entry Quarantine Affidavit” before departure available at https://www.cdc.gov.tw/File/Get/bkwclrVuZY_x9P5kYTRVmA ;
– are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival at their own expense.
Tests accepted are: LAMP, NAAT, PCR, RNA, RT-LAMP and RT-PCR. Details can be found at https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Category/MPage/XQ9r73gXAgEfJZV9zm6gaA .
6. A completed “Quarantine System for Entry Form” must be submitted before departure at https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/
7. Passengers arriving from a country other than Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel, Myanmar, Peru or United Kingdom must have a confirmed booking of quarantine facility or hotel.
8. “SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT FOR COVID-19 OUTBREAK” visas with “FC”, “FR” or “FS” stated on remarks which expired between 19 May 2021 and 23 August 2021 are considered valid until 30 November 2021.
9. “SPECIAL ENTRY PERMIT FOR COVID-19 OUTBREAK” visas with “OC”, “OS”, “TC” or “TS” stated on remarks which expired between 19 May 2021 and 13 September 2021 are considered valid until 31 December 2021.
10. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days.
11. Airline crew could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Entry restrictions

-Foreign nationals who have been to or have transited through India in the past 14 days, are not allowed to enter Taiwan

-With effect from 19 May 2021 until further notice, all foreign nationals are temporarily suspended from entering Taiwan, except for the holders of Taiwan passport, Taiwan Alien Resident Card or with special approval from the CECC under exceptional cases for emergency situations as well as humanitarian issues. More details, can be found in Taiwan Centers For Disease Control websiteOpen a new window

Visa restrictions

-Visa on arrival services and online applications have been suspended for Hong Kong SAR passport holders and Macao SAR passport holders

Pre-departure requirements

COVID-19 test

Effective from 1 December 2020 until further notice, all passengers are required to present an English language health certificate, issued within 3 working days prior to departure, verifying that they are free of COVID-19. Please note the following certificate requirements:

-Passenger name (identical to passport name)
-Date of birth (or passport number)
-Date of the specimen was taken for test
-Test methods: PCR, real-time PCR, RT-PCR, RT-qPCR(Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR), NAA (nucleic acid amplification), NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test), NAT (nucleic acid test), LAMP(Loop/Mediated isothermal Amplification)COVID-19 RNA test, SARS-CoV-2 RNA or molecular diagnostics indicating a negative or undetectable test result.
-Date of test report issued
-In English or Chinese or other local languages (if it can be verified by local airport team at point of check-in)
-Electronic or physical copy are acceptable

Please refer to Taiwan Centers for Disease Control Bureau websiteOpen a new window for the latest updates.

Health declaration

All passengers are required to complete a health declaration formOpen a new window and Taiwan Quarantine System for EntryOpen a new window prior to their arrival.
Quarantine

-Taiwan residents and foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) who have visited Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel, Myanmar, Peru and the United Kingdom) in the past 14 days, are required to:

*Undergo a 14-day quarantine at a group quarantine facility
*Undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival and before completing the quarantine period
*Complete a subsequent 7-day self-health management programme

-All passengers must submit where their place of stay will be during the 14-day quarantine through either the online e-form – Taiwan Quarantine System for EntryOpen a new window or fill in the paper form of the “Quarantine Residence AffidavitOpen a new window” at the time of check-in

-Passengers who wish to make short visits for business purposes, can apply for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan, for more details, can be found in Taiwan CDC website.Open a new window
Post arrival COVID-19 test

All arriving passengers are required to conduct the test for COVID-19 upon arrival, for more details, can be found in Taiwan CDC websiteOpen a new window

Additional entry requirements

-Emergency situations

*Returning home for the funeral of a relative within the second degree of kinship
*Visiting a relative within the second degree of kinship who is gravely ill
*Special emergency medical care programme approved by the competent authority
*The travel companion will also be allowed to travel, provided they have a valid reason to travel together

Documents required

-Document verifying the death of a relative within the second degree of kinship, or
-Notice of critical illness, or
-Certificate of diagnosis

Announced by the CECC where COVID-19 RT PCR test reports cannot be obtained

-Passengers travelling from a country which has been announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), where COVID-19 RT PCR test reports cannot be obtained
-Please visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease ControlOpen a new window website for a list of countries

Agency programme approved by the CECC

-Passengers under an agency programme approved by the CECC for necessary and short-term official business or business affairs
-Document required: Approval letter issued by the CECC

Passengers returning within three days

-Passengers departing Taiwan and returning within three days

An infant or child aged 6 years or below

-Document required: passport, or other travel document

An expired COVID-19 test report due to a cancelled or delayed flight

-Documents required: the original test report and flight booking information
 

Lockdown Details

Taiwan is currently in a Level 3 state of emergency after community transmission has been detected. This level of alerts may be adjusted at the discretion of the CECC.

Event bans
Small gatherings and events are currently cancelled. In general, any events have to be risked assessed before they happen. Openings are dependant on the CECC’s level of emergency.

Commercial closures

Businesses have reopened with restrictions in place.

Schools in Taiwan are still open but containment methods have been put in place.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it has eased restrictions on visiting long-term care facilities, allowing people to visit elderly residents in the facilities after visitors schedule their visits with the facilities and provide their name and other personal information. Appropriate changes to related rules will be made depending on the development of the epidemic situation.

All openings and closures are dependant on the CECC’s level of emergency.

Starting from 1st December 2020, face masks must be worn in the following types of public venues: healthcare facilities, public transportation, places of consumption, learning facilities, sports and exhibition venues, entertainment venues, religious and places of worship, 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 up to NT$15,000.

 

Sources

https://www.ait.org.tw/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co