Taiwan Model & Epidemic Control Experience for COVID-19

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The following are frequently asked questions by foreign government agencies about the Taiwan Model for combating COVID-19 and other questions regarding the Taiwan government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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would like to know the concept behind the so-called “contact-information-based measures“ in Taiwan and how it should be implemented?

Due to the low risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in Taiwan, on May 28 the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced it would loosen epidemic control restrictions on daily life. The CECC announced the following information regarding the “contact-information-based measures.”

 

  1. The purpose of contact-information-based measures is to allow the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to immediately contact any persons that have visited a specific place when there is a need for outbreak investigation.

 

  1. In regard to items collected on personal data, judgement and decisions will depend on the registered venue operators and the public. Only necessary personal data should be retained, such as a visitor’s cell phone number.

 

  1. To ensure personal data protection, proprietors of venueswhere customers’ personal data is collectedmust designate a person to be in charge of keeping a record of and maintaining the collected personal data. Such data can be retained for a maximum of 28 days and should be deleted thereafter. Such data may not be used for any purpose other than outbreak investigations. 

 

Personal data can be collected electronically or in writing. If personal data is collected electronically, information security protocols must be implemented. In addition, when collecting personal data, the individual or the organization should clearly inform data subjects of the following: the entity to collect personal data; purpose of collection; types of personal data to be collected; time period of using personal data; entities to use personal data and ways of using personal data; data subjects’ benefits and rights they can claim under the Personal Data Protection Act; and the effect of declining to provide personal data.

The CECC stated that if Taiwan continued to record no new indigenous cases or no community transmission after June 7, it would further loosen Taiwan epidemic control measures. 

 

As long as the public can cooperate with the new contact-information-based measures and observe personal preventive precautions, including washing hands frequently and wearing masks where social distancing can’t be followed, restrictions on the number of people allowed in a place when they go out or attend social activities will be lifted.

would like to know how we can obtain anti-epidemic material donations from Taiwan?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) announced on May 5, 2020, that it would launch a third wave of international humanitarian assistance in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. Taiwan donated 7.07 million face masks to the United States, European Union and its member states, diplomatic allies, New Southbound Policy partner countries, and African and Middle Eastern nations. The Taiwan government provided earlier waves of humanitarian assistance on April 1 and April 9, 2020, donating face masks and other medical supplies to support frontline medical personnel in countries severely affected by the pandemic.

If you have any inquiries about how to obtain anti-epidemic material donations from Taiwan, please contact the MOFA overseas offices.

would like to know if Taiwan has donated any medical materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic to other countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) launched its third wave of international humanitarian assistance in response to COVID-19, donating 7.07 million face masks to the United States, European Union and its member states, diplomatic allies, New Southbound Policy partner countries, and African and Middle Eastern nations. The Taiwan government provided two earlier waves of humanitarian assistance on April 1 and April 9, 2020, donating face masks and other medical supplies to support frontline medical personnel in countries that have been severely affected by the pandemic.

would like to know how the Taiwanese government responds to people who want to receive a COVID-19 test at their own expense.

To assist with Taiwan epidemic control, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is open for Taiwanese people who want to test for COVID-19 at their own expense in order to meet the epidemic prevention regulations of other countries. For more information, please refer to the website of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.

would like to know how the Taiwanese government helps foreigners in Taiwan find COVID-19 related information?

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has adopted the Google Assistant service to develop a bilingual chat robot epidemic prevention expert to help foreigners in Taiwan find COVID-19 related information. For more information, please refer to the document: How to use Google Assistant to find COVID-19 related issues in Taiwan.

would like to know the entry restrictions in response to COVID-19 for foreigners entering Taiwan?

From June 29, 2020, foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits may apply for a special entry permit with a R.O.C. overseas mission by submitting relevant documents and forms. Applications by

students and people wishing to study Mandarin in Taiwan will be handled by the Ministry of Education in line with its related measures. For updated information, please refer to the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan).

would like to know how the Taiwanese government implements and executes the mandatory policy of wearing face masks on public transportation.

From April 4, 2020, Taiwan began requiring people to wear face masks while using public transport. Any person refusing to wear a face mask is subject to fines between TWD3,000 and 15,000 in accordance with Article 70 of the Infectious Disease Control Law.

would like to know about the operational structure of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The operational structure of the CECC consists of four levels based on a risk assessment of the severity of the virus. Below is a timeline of how and when the various levels were activated for the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • January 2, 2020: A response team was set up to respond to a new pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan, China, in accordance with level 4
  • January 20, 2020: Level 3 of the CECC was established to integrate the resources of the administrative, the academic, medical, and private sectors to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr. Jih-Haw Chou, the Director-General of Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) served as the commander.
  • January 23, 2020: Level 2 of the CECC was established due to Taiwan’s first case of COVID-19 being confirmed on January 21, 2020. Dr. Shih-Chung Chen, the Minister of Health and Welfare, served as the commander to coordinate and mobilize resources from a various number of ministries, including the ministries of interior, transportation, foreign affairs, economics, labor, education, and environment, as well as private stakeholders.
  • February 27, 2020: Level 1–the highest level–of the CECC was established due to the worsening global pandemic. Dr. Shih-Chung Chen was designated by the Premier of Taiwan as the commander to coordinate and mobilize resources from across ministries and private stakeholders in the fight against COVID-19.
  • For more information, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Category/Page/wqRG3hQfWKFdAu-haoOIAQ
would like to know about the COVID-19 prevention standards used in business activities in Taiwan.

According to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC), operating businesses implement the following guidelines:

  1. All visitors must maintain a safe social distance of 1.5 meters indoors and 1 meter outdoors.
  2. Wear a face mask.
  3. Use appropriate barrier equipment such as partitions, etc.

 

For updated information, please refer to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En

would like to know the regulations on household isolation/ quarantine in Taiwan amid the COVID-19 outbreak?

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has a tracking management mechanism. If a person has had contact with a confirmed case, he or she must comply with the regulations on household isolation. All visitors must cooperate with household quarantine for 14 days.

For the updated information, please refer to the website of CDC: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En

would like to know about the regulations on anti-epidemic hotel in Taiwan amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

From May 4, 2020, based on regulations from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), Taiwanese returning from overseas who are in one or more of the following situations must stay in an anti-epidemic/quarantine hotel:

  1. Living with seniors, young children, or patients suffering from chronic illness.
  2. Share a room or bathroom with other people.

For updated information, please refer to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En

would like to know what steps have been taken by the Taiwan CDC to prevent imported cases from entering Taiwan.
  1. As of June 1, 2020, foreigners have been temporarily prohibited from entering Taiwan. Exemptions will be granted to Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) holders, personnel on diplomatic or official business, persons who can prove they are fulfilling commercial and contractual obligations, and persons requiring special permission.
  2. Taiwanese returning from overseas who have been in contact with a confirmed case must comply with the regulations on household isolation. All visitors must cooperate with strict household quarantine for 14 days.

 

For the updated information, please refer to the website of CDC: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En

would like to know when Taiwan expects to lift the ban on foreign business people from entering Taiwan, or whether there are any alternative plans.

On June 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced conditions under which short-term business travelers could apply for a reduced home quarantine time. As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has continued to subside in Taiwan, the CECC has had several consultation meetings with relevant government agencies in a bid to reopen borders for international business and trade activity. The CECC announced that business travelers who wish to make short visits to Taiwan can apply for shortened home quarantine periods starting from June 22 if they meet all the conditions listed below:

  1. Those who are allowed entry according to the announcements of the CECC.
  2. Those whose duration of stay doesn’t exceed three months.
  3. Business travelers who enter the country for business activities, such as goods inspection, after-sale services, technical assistance and training, and contract signing.
  4. Those who arrive from low- and medium-risk countries/regions announced by the CECC and have no history of travel to other countries in the last 14 days before boarding the flight to Taiwan.

 

Note: The low-risk and medium-risk countries/regions are listed below. The list will be adjusted based on the epidemic situations and trends, surveillance and testing capacities, and epidemic information transparency in these countries and regions, as well as the epidemic situations in their neighboring regions and countries. The list will be reviewed every two weeks.

Note: 1. Low-risk countries/regions: New Zealand, Australia, Macao, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan.

  1. Medium-risk countries/regions: South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore.  

For updated information, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/a9zCFAfhICztjWXp83fQFg?typeid=158

would like to know how Taiwan's medical institutions obtain the travel history of patients.

Taiwan’s National Health Insurance card (NHI card) system was linked to the National Immigration Agency during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, medical institutions in Taiwan can now obtain the recent tourism history of patients that hold an NHI card.

would like to know whether the compensation measures provided by Taiwan for people who cooperate with the regulations on household isolation/quarantine also apply to foreigners.

To encourage people to cooperate with Taiwan epidemic controls and regulations on household isolation/quarantine, epidemic prevention compensation is also applicable to foreigners. However, foreigners must comply with the relevant standard regulations.

For more information, please refer to https://swis.mohw.gov.tw/covidweb/home/index_en.jsp

would like to know how the Taiwanese use the “Entry Quarantine System” when they enter Taiwan.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan has established the Entry Quarantine System. As soon as Taiwanese citizens enter Taiwan from abroad, they can use their mobile phone to log in to the system and fill in their health status and travel history to expedite customs clearance.

We understand the Taiwanese government provides online mask ordering services, and would like to know if foreigners can also order masks online.

Foreigners with health insurance cards or residence permits can pre-purchase masks online and pick them up at convenience stores. Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (https://www.nhi.gov.tw/english/Content_List.aspx?n=022B9D97EF66C076)

would like to know how Taiwanese citizens are able to inquire where masks are available for sale.

Audrey Tang, the Minister without Portfolio, invited the private sector to use the open data of the National Health Insurance Administration to develop the epidemic prevention face mask inquiry platform, showing in real-time where face masks are available for sale. For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health and Welfare(https://topics.mohw.gov.tw/COVID19/cp-4868-53923-206.html)

would like to know what digital services the Taiwanese government provides about face masks.

In addition to facemask maps, since March 12, 2020, the public has been able to pre-order masks online. This service is called the Name-based Mask Distribution System (version 2.0). Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health and Welfare for further information: https://www.nhi.gov.tw/english/Content_List.aspx?n=022B9D97EF66C076

would like to know whether foreigners living in Taiwan can purchase face masks under Taiwan's mask control policy.

Foreigners may purchase face masks with a health insurance card, residence permit, or entry-exit permit.

would like to know how the Taiwanese government has been able to provide enough face masks for their citizens.

Part of the Taiwan model for combating COVID-19 has been to be self-sufficient with its face mask supply. The government achieved this by restricting the export of masks and forming a national team to expedite face mask production. At present, Taiwan has reached a production capacity of 20 million pieces per day.

would like to know when Taiwan will reopen masks export.

The face mask export ban was lifted on June 1, 2020.

would like to know how the Taiwanese government ensures their citizens can continue to access face masks following the lifting of buying restrictions.

Taiwan’s daily production capacity has reached 20 million face masks per day. From June 1 the government began requisitioning 8 million masks a day. The remaining masks are then made available for domestic purchase or export.

would like to know how Taiwan was able to expand face mask production capacity in such a short period of time.

A joint effort by Taiwanese government agencies, machine tool manufacturers, and face mask manufacturers ensured they worked together to quickly and efficiently organize the equipment for the production of masks. The national military was also dispatched to assist in the production line.

We understand that the Taiwanese government provides online mask ordering services, and would like to know how the masks are distributed and delivered.

Pre-purchased masks are distributed to more than 10,000 convenience stores for pick up.

We understand the Taiwanese government provides online mask ordering services and would like to know if foreigners can also order masks online.

Foreigners with health insurance cards or residence permits can pre-purchase masks online and pick them up at convenience stores. Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (https://www.nhi.gov.tw/english/Content_List.aspx?n=022B9D97EF66C076)

If we want to export masks to Taiwan, will we be subject to tariffs?

The tariff on imported face masks was re-imposed to 7.5% on May 27, 2020.

would like to know how the Taiwanese government implements and executes the mandatory policy of wearing face masks on public transportation.

Since April 4, 2020, Taiwan began requiring people to wear face masks while using public transport. Any person refusing to wear a face mask will be subject to fines between NT 3,000 and 15,000 in accordance with Article 70 of the Infectious Disease Control Law. For further information please visit: https://law.moj.gov.tw/ENG/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?pcode=L0050001.

would like to procure face masks. How can we contact Taiwanese exporters?

You can find relevant information at the (Industries) section. If you have any further questions, please contact TAITRA at mdd@taitra.org.tw.

would like to procure computer and Internet equipment for remote working and online education due to the pandemic, please help us to find exporters.

You can find relevant information at the (Industries) section. If you have any further questions, please contact TAITRA at mdd@taitra.org.tw.

What kind of quality control and certification mechanism do you have for face masks and other medical equipment made in Taiwan?

Following the regulations of the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (https://www.fda.gov.tw/tc/publishotherepaperContent.aspx?id=1271&tid=2906), all face masks for medical use must be in compliance with national quality standard CNS14774(T5017)for ‘Medical Masks’, or any other international quality standard with the same specifications. Those medical face masks stated to have the same effect or superior to the N95 standard, the efficiency for protection and breathing resistance, should be in compliance with CNS14755 (Z2125) for ‘Disposable Anti Dust Masks’, with the same or superior specification requirement. If FDA or other international quality standard certifications or requirements are required in your country, please contact the face mask manufacturers directly, You can find their information at the Solutions Ecosystem section. If you have any further questions, please contact TAITRA at sarahliu@taitra.org.tw.

We would like to procure protection suits, goggles, and other medical protection equipment. Please help us to contact Taiwanese exporters.

You can find relevant information in the Solutions Ecosystem section. If you have any further questions, please contact TAITRA at mdd@taitra.org.tw.

would like to produce respirators for COVID-19 treatment. Please help us find the relevant exporters.

We currently do not have manufacturers in Taiwan that produce invasive ventilation equipment for COVID-19 treatment. We have manufacturers who produce non-invasive respirators for sleep disorders. If you would like further information, please contact TAITRA at mdd@taitra.org.tw..

We would like to have face masks and other medical equipment produced in our country. Please help us reach the Taiwanese manufacturers.

You can find information at the (Industries) section. If you have further questions, please contact TAITRA at mdd@taitra.org.tw.

A company from our country would like to invest in Taiwanese medical equipment manufacturers and set up production facilities. What kind of assistance and incentives are available?

For information about investing in Taiwan, please contact the Invest Taiwan office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs at

dois@moea.gov.tw, or phone 886-2-23820493. You can also find out more about incentives offered by the local government from the respective Department of Economic Affair of the city or county where the company or production facilities will be located.

would like to know if Taiwan can provide programs and solutions to assist us in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several programs and applications, created by the public and private sectors, have been developed with the purpose of preventing and containing COVID-19. In addition to the face mask search map app created by private engineers with assistance from Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang, Microsoft Taiwan and Mediatek have cooperated to create a one-stop face mask and body temperature detection system. Digital Medicine Center of National Yang-Ming University also created an Intelligent Epidemic Prevention Mobile Platform to oversee the health status within a company or organization. Please contact TAITRA at mdd@taitra.org.tw, and advise what kind of system or equipment you are interested in so we can help you to contact the appropriate organizations.

have companies in our country that would like to cooperate with Taiwanese companies or organizations to develop vaccines or medicines for COVID-19. Please help us to contact these organizations.

There are several organizations, including Addimmune Corporation, National Health Research Institutes, and Academia Sinica working on the development of a vaccine. Any company interested in further information can contact TAITRA at sipro@taitra.org.tw, and we will help reach out to these organizations.

are interested in forming a safe travel bubble with Taiwan. Who can we talk to?

Please contact the MOFA overseas offices. (https://www.mofa.gov.tw/en/OverseasOfficeLink.aspx?n=1A4D7D5A68ECF4B9&sms=A76B7230ADF29736)

wish to invite Taiwan’s epidemic prevention experts to share their expertise about COVID-19 prevention and treatment. How can you help?

You can find relevant information at the (Epidemic-Prevention Experience Sharing) and (Experience Sharing) sections. If you have any further questions, please contact TAITRA at sipro@taitra.org.tw.

We are a foreign government agency from abroad and…

wish to invite Taiwanese epidemic prevention experts to share their experience with us through an online forum. How can you help?

You can find relevant information at the (Epidemic-Prevention Experience Sharing) and (Experience Sharing) sections. If you have any further questions, please contact TAITRA at sipro@taitra.org.tw.

wish to know if it is possible to cooperate with Taiwan on developing reagents. How can you help?

In Taiwan, it is not only government agencies that are developing COVID-19 reagents, but some other research institutions, hospitals, associations, and private sectors are also working in this area as well. For further information, please contact TAITRA at sipro@taitra.org.tw.

wish to visit Taiwan and learn more about Taiwan's epidemic prevention practices. How can you help?

You can find relevant information at the (Epidemic-Prevention Experience Sharing) and (Experience Sharing) sections. If you have any further questions, please contact TAITRA at sipro@taitra.org.tw.

Is there any Epidemic Prevention Products Introduction For American Market?

During this unprecedented time, Taiwan continues to show the world how to control the spread of COVID-19 and provide health and safety for its people. In addition, Taiwanese enterprises have optimal epidemic prevention products to help governments all over the world save lives. In this webinar, we will invite top Taiwanese epidemic prevention products suppliers, including surgical masks, isolation gowns, coveralls, test kits, disinfection robot systems, etc. to give product presentations that will meet your demand for epidemic prevention products. 2020/07/30(tentative) For more info please contact TAITRA-Strategic Marketing Department Ms. Kelly Tsai ( kellytsai@taitra.org.tw)

We are from the Southeast and Northeast Asian Market, what kind of Epidemic Prevention Products we could refer to?

2020 Epidemic Prevention Products Seminar For Southeast and Northeast Asian Market (Tentative Date: 2020/08 /13). During this unprecedented time, Taiwan continues to show the world how to control the spread of COVID-19 and provide health and safety for its people. In addition, Taiwanese enterprises have optimal epidemic prevention products to help governments all over the world save lives. In this webinar, we will invite top Taiwanese epidemic prevention products suppliers, including surgical masks, isolation gowns, coveralls, test kits, disinfection robot systems, etc. to give product presentations that will meet your demand for epidemic prevention products. 2020/07/30(tentative) For more info please contact TAITRA-Strategic Marketing Department Ms. Kelly Tsai ( kellytsai2@taitra.org.tw)

We are a broker in the EU region and our client is from the government they want to purchase protection products?

You may visit this website to search for what product meets your needs. Meanwhile, welcome to stay turn on Epidemic Prevention Products Seminar For European Market dated third September 2020. For more detail please contact winnieyang84@taitra.org.tw

We are an overseas government agency . With the start of the fall winter season, we are concerned about a second wave of COVID 19. Hence, we would like to know what new regulations will Taiwan’s government implement in response to a second COVID-19 outbreak.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that the Fall-Winter COVID 19 Prevention Program would be launched on December 1, 2020 to enhance border quarantine control and further strengthen community prevention and medical response measures. For more information, please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/KIUJU0aZex70DPFUN3d66w?typeid=158

We are an overseas government agency. When COVID-19 has continued to spread around the globe, we would like to know what new regulations will Taiwan’s government implement in response to COVID-19 outbreak in 2021.

On May 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that due to the surges in the number of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan and other countries, Taiwan would implement new entry restrictions and measures listed below beginning 00:00 am on May 19 (departure time at the airport of departure).
A. Non-R.O.C. nationals without a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) will be temporarily barred from entry. Exceptions may be made for individuals who obtain entry permission for emergency or humanitarian reason.
B. Transit travelers will be temporarily barred from entry.
The above-mentioned measures will be effective from May 19 to June 18 and will be adjusted on a rolling basis based on the status of the pandemic and effectiveness of those measures.
For more information, please refer to:
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/5XjPsJ0tCzWc-fxv77tPkg?typeid=158
(Update on May 17, 2021)

We are an overseas government agency. When COVID-19 has continued to spread around the globe, we would like to know how to prepare complete disease prevention plans before gatherings in order to prevent community infections?

In order to prevent COVID-19 community infections, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reminds organizers of large-scale gatherings to reassess the necessity of holding the events and conduct assessments of related risks in accordance with the guidelines for large-scale public gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak issued by the CECC. If event organizers cannot conduct a complete risk assessment and produce thorough disease prevention plans and measures prior to gatherings, the CECC recommends the gatherings be postponed or cancelled.
About the guidelines for large-scale public gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak issued by the CECC, please refer to:
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/File/Get/71ZL6_NZpp44F1hsXXC9bg

We are an overseas government agency. When COVID-19 has continued to spread around the globe, we would like to know how Taiwan's government to arrange people to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

On May 6, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that that beginning May 10, the government-funded COVID-19 vaccine would be available to individuals in the seventh priority group, i.e., members of the armed forces and civilian personnel in military agencies and national security units, and individuals in the eighth priority groups, i.e., people aged 65 and above.
On May 15, the CECC announced that beginning May 15, the self-paid COVID-19 vaccination program will be temporarily suspended, and people who have made a vaccination appointment at any of the designated hospitals can still get vaccinated as scheduled.
For more information, please refer to:
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/tWJpHYlXTvC1iLb1LhZZug?typeid=158
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/hY_RPPO1BZ0VHIeFYjPYog?typeid=158
(Last updated on May 17, 2021)

We are an overseas government agency. When COVID-19 has continued to spread around the globe, we would like to know how the Taiwan’s government execute communicable disease reporting and consultation hotline?

The toll-free 1922 hotline not only remains in operation throughout the year but also provides 24-hour service on communicable disease reporting and consultation to Mandarin-speaking, Taiwanese-speaking, Hakka-speaking, English-speaking populations as well as the deaf and hard-of-hearing population.

Members of the public can call the 1922 hotline (or +886-800-001922 while overseas) if they have questions about communicable disease prevention to get further information. In addition, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can access 1922 through forwarding their questions concerning communicable diseases to cdc1922@cdc.gov.tw or to the facsimile number: 0800-655955. The 1922 hotline also provides voicemail service; members of the public can leave a message if they do not wish to wait on the line. The hotline service staff will call back as soon as possible. (Last updated on Feb. 23, 2021)

We are a government agency from abroad. We would like to know the latest entry restrictions for short-term business foreign travelers and the way to apply to shorten quarantine periods in Taiwan under the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 1st 2021, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) would again allow people from CECC’s list of low- and medium-risk countries/regions who are eligible to enter Taiwan and wish to make short visits for business purposes to apply for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan. Those who wish to apply to shorten their quarantine periods will still be required to follow all the required conditions prescribed in the Regulations concerning short-term business travelers’ applications for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan.
For more information, please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/b1eCtr41msjGk3R8f2re7A?typeid=158
(Last updated on Feb. 24, 2021)

We are a foreign government agency and would like to know how the government of Taiwan handles the sudden surge of confirmed covid-19 cases.

On May 19, the government of Taiwan launched a text messaging service for contact tracing that allows members of the public to use their mobile phones to leave contact information when visiting stores, markets, government buildings and public transportation venues.
Not only is the service easy to use, it’s also free and fast. The text messaging service can more precisely and quickly track confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as people who have come into contact with them, thereby helping to contain any outbreaks.
For more information, please refer to:
https://english.ey.gov.tw/Page/61BF20C3E89B856/efa00859-03c3-4349-82c7-4d1985da19c6

(Last updated on May 27, 2021)

We are a foreign government agency and would like to know what new regulations will the government of Taiwan implement in response to COVID-19 outbreak.

On May 26, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that it has strengthened measures and related penalties adopted under the COVID-19 Level 3 alert. Related enhanced measures and penalties are listed below.
A. Members of the public must wear a mask all the time when going out. Once a violation of the rule is found, penalties will be imposed without prior reminding of mask-wearing.
B. Leisure and entertainment venues that have been ordered to close must not open, and strict inspections will be conducted. For those failing to abide by the rule, the business owner, staff, customers and participants of the gathering will face their respective penalty.
C. Food and beverage vendors should only offer takeout services, and hypermarkets and supermarkets should bolster crow control measures. Members of the public are urged to reduce the frequency of visiting supermarkets/hypermarkets and purchase more groceries at one go.
D. Suspension of wedding receptions and public memorial ceremonies of funerals.
E. A halt to all religious gatherings or events; places of worship are temporarily not open to the public.
The CECC reminds members of the public that those who need to consume food and beverages when outside may temporarily remove their mask to consume food and beverages if social distancing can be maintained or partitions are installed.
For more information, please refer to:
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/BhiRSoPWCRY-S9ek20f7tQ?typeid=158

(Last updated on May 28, 2021)

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