Creating a line of defense at the border and keeping the virus out
At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, China and the WHO were still unclear about the transmission events of COVID-19, and there was a lack of transparency regarding related information. Therefore, we made border control policies to keep the virus out and prevent disease from spreading in Taiwan.
President Tsai Ing-Wen inspects the border quarantine station at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
Decisions and Measures
I. Border Control:
(I) From December 2019, response measures regarding border control were initiated, including reinforced screening for fevers among arriving passengers, implementation of investigations concerning history of travel, occupation, contact and cluster (TOCC) of suspected cases, and carrying out health evaluations and health education.
(II) On February 16, 2020, the “Quarantine System for Entry” went online. With the system, passengers can enter their health information online prior to their flights or upon entry, and the health declaration pass is automatically sent via SMS upon arrival in Taiwan, so that passengers can show the pass on their phones upon arrival and quickly clear customs, thus improving the efficiency of border control.
II. Gradually adjusting arrival regulations to stop the epidemic from entering Taiwan:
(I) On December 31, 2019, onboard quarantine inspection was carried out for direct inbound flights from Wuhan.
(II) On January 26, 2020, Chinese nationals from Hubei were prohibited from entering.
(III) On February 11, 2020, all Chinese nationals were all prohibited from entry, and travel notices regarding the epidemic were gradually issued for other countries.
(IV) On March 19, 2020, all foreign travelers were prohibited from entering Taiwan (exempting those holding a Resident Certificate or special entry permit).
(V) On March 21, 2020, travel notices for all countries/regions were raised to Level 3.
(VI) On March 24, 2020, a ban was imposed on foreigner travelers transiting through Taiwan.
(VII) On May 8, 2020, Taiwanese citizens stranded in Hubei were allowed to return to Taiwan on their own.
III. Initiating the following project plans to protect citizens returning to Taiwan from high-risk regions:
(I) The first group of 247 Taiwanese businessmen in Wuhan arrived in Taiwan on February 3, 2020; the second group of 361 Taiwanese businessmen in Wuhan arrived in Taiwan on March 10, 2020; the third group of 367 Taiwanese businessmen in Hubei took charter flights and arrived in Taiwan on March 29 and 30.
(II) On February 21, 2020, a total of 19 Taiwanese passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship took a charter flight and arrived in Taiwan safely.
(III) On May 8, 2020, a total of 129 travelers arrived in Taiwan on a charter flight from India.
CECC Commander Chen Shih-Chung personally supervises the process of charter flights back to Taiwan from Wuhan.
The Taiwanese people on a charter flight arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
CECC Commander Chen Shih-Chung boards the cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius to supervise quarantine work.
- Last Updated:2020-06-05
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