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2022 Information to Taiwan’s Quarantine Lodges and COVID Journey Restrictions

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Taiwan’s borders have remained closed to all vacationers and worldwide guests, with just a few exceptions, since March 19, 2020, and they’re nonetheless closed as we speak.

Entry restrictions to Taiwan because of the COVID-19 pandemic have successfully destroyed my journey enterprise. Due to this, and the truth that the arrival guidelines are so sophisticated and at all times altering, I’ve prevented writing about them right here, on my largely Taiwan-focused web site till now. Actually, I’ve barely talked about the dreaded phrases “COVID” or “quarantine” in my articles. And such as you, I simply sit up for the day once we can put all of this behind us.

I’ve personally cancelled my household’s flights again to Taiwan from the place we now reside in Canada twice within the final two years, not as a result of we couldn’t get in (we’re residents/everlasting residents), however due to all of the testing/quarantining prices on each ends.

This yr, in Could to July of 2022, we lastly went again for the primary time since 2019. All of the under data about entry necessities, learn how to quarantine in Taiwan, COVID guidelines, and so forth come from my private expertise doing the arrival and quarantine course of in Taiwan, in addition to authorities web sites and the experiences of individuals reported on-line in addition to folks I personally know.

I’ll proceed to replace this submit with the newest data because the polices change, so be sure that to bookmark it!

For the newest updates as quickly as they roll in, please be a part of my Taiwan Journey Planning group, and for quarantine-specific questions, I additionally suggest the group Quarantine Help in Taiwan. You may as well name 1922 (then #7 for English) in Taiwan for any COVID or quarantine associated questions.

For extra details about planning your journey, see my Taiwan Journey Information, favourite issues to do in Taiwan, and really helpful Taiwan journey itinerary.

Taiwan’s Present Border Restrictions

Taiwan flag with a fence over it and the words "Attention: Quarantine"

When Taiwan first closed its borders, it got here in steps. Earlier than the complete vacationer ban was carried out, the nations of the world have been categorized into ranges based mostly on how unhealthy their outbreaks have been, there have been completely different restrictions for every stage, and so they modified virtually day by day. Suffice to say it was very messy.

When Taiwan lastly begins opening to vacationers once more, my guess is that it’s going to additionally are available in steps like this, with journey bubbles or folks from solely sure nations allowed to return in first, or completely different restrictions relying on the place you’re flying from. For instance, since I first printed this text, they’ve indicated that they could sometime settle for guests from nations with related or decrease charges of COVID in comparison with Taiwan.

As this course of unfolds, I’ll proceed to replace this text day by day with the newest Taiwan entry restrictions by nation.

Are Taiwan’s Borders Open to Vacationers Proper Now?

A boy and girl with masks and quarantine sticker outside of Taiwan's main airport
My son and daughter (who’re Taiwanese residents) arriving at Taoyuan Worldwide Airport

The quick reply is: No, Taiwan’s borders have been closed to vacationers ever for the reason that nation’s first outbreak in early 2020.

The Taiwanese authorities and Central Epidemic Command Middle (CECC), underneath the Taiwan Middle for Illness Management (CDC) have impressively crushed two main waves of COVID for the reason that pandemic started. Till mid-2022, there was an admirably low variety of COVID deaths in Taiwan, lower than a thousand, which is lower than 1 / 4 of my dwelling province in Canada, however with 5 occasions my province’s inhabitants. As soon as Omicron lastly bought in, the numbers skyrocketed, however because of masks, common masks sporting, and spectacular contract tracing, the variety of deaths remained comparatively low.

You may see the newest CDC updates with essentially the most present adjustments and assessments of the state of affairs. Updates come day by day.

Quite a few press bulletins over the past two years have hinted at potential loosening of border restrictions when future vaccination benchmarks have been reached (for instance 80% double vaccination and 50% booster). However when these benchmarks have been reached, it was proper across the time that Omicron took off, so that they determined to maintain the borders closed in any case to forestall a Hong Kong-like state of affairs from occurring.

As I write this, Taiwan is present process its third wave, after Omicron lastly discovered its method in. Nevertheless, they’re nonetheless steadily transferring ahead with the loosening of restrictions, particularly as different nations within the area achieve this.

As of March 7, 2022, Taiwan loosened the obligatory quarantine for all arrivals (for many who can get in, that’s) from 14 days to 10 days (technically 11 nights, because the arrival and take a look at dates aren’t counted). Furthermore, it allowed them to do their quarantine at dwelling as an alternative of a quarantine resort, as long as their dwelling meets sure necessities. In addition they made it even simpler for enterprise vacationers to enter from today on. The subsequent step was an additional discount to 7 days of quarantine, which began at 12 a.m. on Could 9, 2022.

Now, as of June 15, anybody who’s allowed to enter Taiwan (see subsequent part) has to endure the three + 4 quarantine course of. These means 3 days or quarantine + 4 days of “self initiated epidemic prevention”. In observe, the day of arrival doesn’t depend, so it’s really 4 + 4. Furthermore, they anticipate you do keep in the identical location for all 8 days, so there was plenty of criticism that that is principally the identical factor because the earlier 7 days of quarantine, simply with completely different phrases. The one distinction is that you’re now allowed to exit within the second half, for “requirements solely”, and supplied you’ve handed a COVID fast check.

Absolutely the final step shall be letting vacationers in. From the very starting, Taiwan has thought-about vacationers the final precedence. The nation just isn’t closely depending on vacationer {dollars} like so many different nations. Actually, their economic system has been booming by COVID, and there are sufficient native vacationers to assist native motels and points of interest. Having mentioned that, a number of companies who depended largely on international friends have, sadly, gone out of enterprise. Examples embody Fashionable Bathroom Ximen, the Starbucks in Taipei 101, and several other tour guides that targeted on worldwide guests.

CECC spokespersons have solely made imprecise feedback about when this will occur, however present considering is that they’ll announce zero days of quarantine in August, implement it in September, and at last permit common vacationers in someday after that.

Who Can Enter Taiwan Proper Now?

A hand holding a Taiwan passport with a plane parking area of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in the background
Taiwanese residents have by no means been barred from getting into their very own nation.

The next folks can enter Taiwan, however should endure the complete testing and quarantine course of, which I’ll cowl additional under.

  • Taiwanese residents (holding a Taiwanese passport)
  • International residents of Taiwan (holding an ARC or APRC)
  • International relations of Taiwan residents/ARC holders (i.e. youngsters and spouses of residents or residents)

The under may also enter however should apply for and obtain approval first:

  • Enterprise/funding/contract guests
  • Worldwide college students coming to check in formal diploma applications in Taiwan
  • Individuals coming to Taiwan for employment
  • Individuals coming for emergency or humanitarian causes

Are Transit Passengers Allowed at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Worldwide Airport

For many of the pandemic, transit passengers have NOT been allowed at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Worldwide Airport. This lastly modified on June 15, 2022. So now, YES, transiting at Taiwan’s foremost airport is allowed once more, although it should take some time for airways to really begin routing extra flights by Taiwan once more.

Taiwan’s Present Quarantine Protocol

A quarantine taxi's protective panel covered with quarantine stickers from arriving passengers at Taoyuan International Airport
Our quarantine taxi driver from the airport collected folks’s quarantine stickers. Notice: quarantine taxis are now not obligatory. You will get picked up and dropped off at quarantine location by household or buddies, however nonetheless can’t stick with others or take public transportation to get there.

Everybody who is ready to enter Taiwan has to endure testing earlier than and upon arrival and a compulsory 3 days of self-paid quarantine + 4 days of self monitoring (technically it totals to eight nights, as a result of your first evening and take a look at day don’t depend), as of June 15, 2022. The one individuals who have been in a position to get decreased quarantine have been pilots/airline staff and a few excessive stage enterprise or political guests.

In case you are one of many fortunate ones who’s allowed into Taiwan (citizen, resident, or relative of the previous/latter), you’ll nonetheless need to endure the entire following to enter Taiwan:

Earlier than Coming to Taiwan

A screenshot of the Taiwan quarantine system for entry form
This manner have to be stuffed in earlier than you arrive. Discover it right here.
  • Guide a quarantine resort or prepare a residence to quarantine in (extra data on each under). You have to guide it for 8 nights underneath the “3 + 4” system, since your arrival day and first evening depend as “day zero”.
  • Get an RT- PCR check 1 or 2 days earlier than your scheduled flight. For instance, in case your flight to Taiwan departs on June 9 (even for instance, 1 AM of June 9), you must get the check on June 7 or 8. If in case you have a connecting flight to Taiwan, you depend again from the date of the primary leg of the flight, except your stopover is greater than 2 days. Just remember to get it early sufficient in order that you’ll obtain the outcomes earlier than your flight, however not too early. Discover out upfront how lengthy the outcomes will take. Vital level: the check outcomes paper should point out your title (matching passport title) passport, date of start or passport quantity, specimen assortment date, testing methodology, report date, and check end result. The “specimen assortment date (or date the check was administered) is crucial, so be sure that the power consists of it. The check end result needs to be destructive. A digital copy of the report is okay.
  • In case your PCR check is constructive, you’ll need to reschedule your flight, cancel your quarantine resort (you probably have one booked, and so they largely permit this), and retest once more TWICE beginning in 10 days (first re-test after 10 days, second each other 24 hours after first one). If each retests are destructive, then you possibly can fly to Taiwan. That is technically the rule, however some folks have reported that although they retested twice, no one in Taiwan requested for proof of their two assessments once they later arrived. I’m not saying you must solely check as soon as; however that’s simply what folks have reported.
  • Kids aged 6 or underneath, these with medical exemption, or folks in nation that doesn’t supply PCR check don’t have to take the pre-flight PCR check. Nevertheless, you need to print and fill out this PCR check exemption kind and current it to your airline for examine in and upon arrival. In our expertise, the airline then positioned us in the back of the aircraft, and my 6-year-old daughter (who didn’t get the check) had to make use of a separate rest room on the aircraft. Upon arrival in Taiwan, we needed to exit the aircraft final, then we needed to be met by a workers member on arrival, who took us to a separate line to register her, earlier than we may undergo the standard traces. It made our arrival course of virtually 30 min longer. Notice: you probably have one more reason for not with the ability to take the PCR check, you’ll have to have enough proof.
  • Fill in and submit the Quarantine System For Entry Type on-line 48 hours or much less earlier than arriving in Taiwan. For those who do it greater than 48 hours earlier than your arrival time (in Taiwan time), it is going to be thought-about invalid. I like to recommend doing this at dwelling earlier than your flight, not on the airport like many individuals do. For us, our complete flying time from Canada to Taiwan (together with all checking in, ready, transfers) was 22 hours, which gave us a full day earlier than leaving to do that. Many individuals don’t do it till they get to the airport, then discover the shape is complicated or takes a very long time to fill out, inflicting plenty of stress proper earlier than their examine in. Do it at dwelling!
  • To fill on this kind, you’ll want some private data, flight quantity, quarantine resort info (together with resort ID and tackle) or tackle of dwelling quarantine. One little one age 12 or underneath may be added per one grownup kind–there shall be a spot to “add an individual underneath 12” on the ultimate web page earlier than you submit; you’ll have to fill in the entire web page with all of your particular person data first. For departure nation, enter your authentic departure nation (except you have got a stopover greater than two days on the way in which). For the flight quantity, enter the small print of the one which lands in Taiwan. For those who don’t have a Taiwan cellphone quantity but, enter your own home quantity. You’ll be capable of get a SIM card if you arrive in Taiwan and replace the shape, with assist from the airport brokers.
  • While you click on on the submit kind, the shape shall be despatched to the authorities in Taiwan. There gained’t be any popup or phrases telling you that the submission was profitable, however don’t fear, it really works. Then it should go to a web page exhibiting your closing report, known as “Quarantine System for Entry – Departure Place Declaration Certificates”. That is what you want. Screenshot it. The airline will ask to see this earlier than you get on the flight to Taiwan. On the backside of the web page, there’s a complicated little button that claims “Save – Press it for two seconds”. Many individuals mistakenly assume that is the ultimate submission button. It’s not. Your kind has already been submitted. This button, if held for two seconds (on cellular solely) will save a duplicate of the shape in your cellphone’s digicam roll.
  • If in case you have entered a non-Taiwanese cellphone quantity like we did, you’ll in all probability obtain a textual content message from the Taiwan CDC earlier than you board your flight. You don’t have to click on the hyperlink contained within the message, however save the textual content message. It’s only a affirmation message, and could also be wanted later if you arrive in Taiwan.
  • Ensure that your cellphone is charged if you arrive in Taiwan. I counsel bringing a battery pack.
  • There could also be further types required by your airline. We obtained an e mail from EVA airways with a guidelines of all of the types we would have liked. Additionally observe, your nation might require proof of vaccination for home flights or checking in at your airport, however Taiwan technically doesn’t (but) require proof of vaccination to enter.

What Occurs When You Arrive in Taiwan

Line of people getting off plane in Taiwan.
Getting off the aircraft. Additionally, you will need to take this “non swine-flu nation” card. Simply grasp onto it till customs.
  • Get off the aircraft and observe the indicators to exit. In case you are touring with an individual who didn’t get the pre-flight PCR check (like us with our 6-year-old daughter), you could have to depart the aircraft final. After we bought off the aircraft, there was a woman ready with an indication with our daughter’s title on it. We then needed to await all the opposite folks with younger children who didn’t get examined. The lady then took us by the complete processing space, the place there have been a whole bunch of individuals ready in traces, to a line the place we needed to register our daughter, give them the PCR check exemption kind, after which return to affix the lengthy traces.
  • In case you are an everyday passenger who bought your pre-flight PCR check, observe the indicators/stream of individuals till you attain the processing space. It’s inconceivable to get misplaced or go the fallacious method – there’s just one solution to go.
People lining up to buy a SIM card at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Line on the left for purchasing a SIM card, line on the appropriate if you have already got a Taiwan one.
  • For those who don’t have a SIM card but, you’ll be a part of the road to purchase one. After we arrived, the road was fairly lengthy (we waited about 20 minutes). It’s clearly marked, and there are many workers to information folks.
  • The SIM card counter has a number of cellphone choices, and the workers will assist to modify your card. They settle for money or worldwide bank cards. You’ll see that almost all choices include limitless knowledge, plus some additional quantity for voice calls. The primary two (Chunghwa) are essentially the most really helpful and dependable, particularly in the event you want robust WiFi for video conferences or something like that.
A list of SIM card prices at Taoyuan Airport for quarantine
SIM card costs
  • After you get your SIM card, ask a workers member that can assist you enter it into your “Well being Declaration Certificates” report. We watched as a workers member did ours: first, he went to the textual content message that we had obtained earlier than boarding our flight in Canada. He clicked the hyperlink. It took him to a web page the place it requested to enter the final 5 digits of our passport quantity. Then it went to a web page the place he enter our new cellphone numbers. (I don’t need to say that is all he did, as a result of he was doing it in a short time and I could not have caught the whole lot). After he did that, we obtained a brand new textual content message with a hyperlink. After we clicked that hyperlink, it went to our new, up to date “Quarantine Declaration Certificates”, which accommodates a bar code. Screenshot the shape, as you will have to point out it a number of occasions after this. If in case you have added a toddler 12 or underneath in your kind, this course of will should be carried out as soon as for your self, and once more on your little one, and there shall be one closing report for every of you. Screenshot each of them.
Example of a "Quarantine Declaration Certificate"
The ultimate “Declaration Certificates”. Screenshot it, since you’ll want to point out it a number of occasions.
  • Now you get to affix the opposite line, which is reverse the SIM card station/line. After we first arrived, this line was very lengthy, however as a result of we have been on the finish, by the point we lastly bought on this line, it was fairly quick.
  • For those who already had a Taiwan cellphone quantity earlier than arrival, you don’t want to affix the SIM card line. Simply go on to the immigration line. You must obtain a textual content message with a hyperlink to your “Quarantine Declaration Certificates” inside a couple of minutes of arrival. For those who don’t, ask an agent.
COVID test registration station and Taoyuan International Airport
COVID check registration station, the place you’ll get a spit cup and fast assessments, or be despatched away from for a PCR check
  • While you get to the entrance, you’ll want to point out your passport, present your cellphone quantity (in the event you simply purchased a SIM card, they’ll provide you with a paper that exhibits your new quantity), and present your Well being Declaration Certificates to register on your arrival COVID saliva check. NOTE: as of June 15, EVERYONE does the saliva check, irrespective of your nation of authentic. Earlier than, folks from all (after which later solely sure) nations nonetheless needed to do the extra intrusive and painful nostril check). Additionally observe: in contrast to with the nostril assessments, you now not have to attend on the airport for the outcomes. You may be contacted later whereas in quarantine in the event you check constructive.
  • In case your little one is underneath 2, it could be too powerful to gather the quantity of spit they require (5 ml), so she or he might want to take an Orophraryngeal swab. They offers you a paper indicating the form of check you will have to take. Our youngsters (aged 6 and eight), have been in a position to spit sufficient, nevertheless it took them some time.
  • At this similar station, they may also provide you with two antigen fast check containers per particular person. One is for use on the ultimate day of your quarantine to will let you exit quarantine, and an additional one is supplied to be used in case you begin exhibiting signs of COVID. (Notice: with the adjustments on June 15, it’s possible you’ll now get greater than two).
  • After receiving your spit cup and fast antigen check kits, you’ll proceed by immigration, the place you’ll have to point out your proof of PCR check and “Well being Declaration Certificates” kind to the agent.
Covid saliva test form at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
Saliva check kind
Line of people in the baggage collection area of Taoyuan Airport during Covid
Line to depart baggage space, undergo customs, and enter arrivals space
  • Subsequent, you’ll proceed to the luggage space to gather your baggage.
  • Subsequent, you’ll proceed into the arrival space (the place up to now the general public may await and greet arriving passengers). You’ll be a part of a protracted queue for the spit check. The road makes its method exterior, the place you’ll depart your baggage cart, the proceed across the nook of the constructing to the out of doors testing space. You’ll present your passport and the little paper they gave you with the kind of check checked. You then get to face at a sales space and spit into the little cup you have been supplied with earlier till it reached the little line at 5 ml. It’s plenty of spit, so it’d take you some time. I’d counsel beginning to acquire spit in your mouth from the second you step exterior of the airport. Then, you shut the lid, nevertheless it in a bit of ziplock bag supplied, and provides it to the workers, together with the little paper. In case your child has to do the throat swab, they’ll additionally do it right here. After you full this step, they’ll put a quarantine sticker in your shirt (you possibly can see folks’s quarantine stickers on considered one of my footage above, posted on the separation wall inside a taxi).
People at COVID saliva testing booths at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Outside saliva check space together with the Terminal 2 constructing
  • Return to gather your baggage cart and proceed to the taxi space (in the event you plan to take a taxi), which is true in entrance of the principle arrival corridor doorways. There are workers directing folks the place to go. The principle (by far longest) line is for all locations in Northern Taiwan, together with Taipei. For locations in Central or South Taiwan, they’ll direct you to the suitable line.
  • For those who’re getting picked up by a buddy or member of the family, that’s now allowed, however you possibly can’t go stick with them. They’ll simply drive you to your resort or quarantine location which meets all the mandatory requirements (see under part). You continue to can’t take the airport MRT or different types of public transportation to achieve your quarantine location.
  • If it is advisable withdraw cash from an ATM for paying on your taxi, or to have some money for ordering meals throughout your quarantine, or for getting dwelling after your quarantine, return into the airport arrival corridor and do it earlier than getting within the taxi line. I strongly suggest having no less than a pair hundreds NTD simply in case. There are additionally forex alternate cubicles within the airport (earlier than gathering baggage).
The doors to the quarantine taxi area at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Quarantine taxi space (enormous line of individuals ready for taxis exterior)
  • Whereas in line for the taxi, they’ll spray you and your baggage down with sanitization liquid. You might also (as soon as once more) have to point out your Well being Declaration Certificates. The taxi line may be actually lengthy (we waited virtually an hour).
  • Some taxis take bank cards, however most don’t. The set taxi fares from Taoyuan Airport, which you’ll pay to the drive upon arrival, are: pay by meter as much as a most of $1000 (Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Hsinchu), 1000 (Miaoli and Yilan), 1080 (Taichung), 1340 (Changhua), 1560 (Yunlin), 1630 (Nantou), 1750 (Hualien), 1840 (Chiayi), 2380 (Tainan), 2660 (Kaohsiung), 2950 (Pingtung), and 3500 (Taitung). Tipping taxi drivers in Taiwan just isn’t widespread, and taxi drivers are at all times sincere. You’ll NOT be scammed by a taxi driver like in different nations.
Price list of quarantine taxis from Taoyuan Airport to cities across taiwan
Set taxi costs throughout Taiwan
Line of passengers and quarantine taxis outside Taiwan airport
Line of a whole bunch of individuals ready for quarantine taxis
  • Upon arrival at your quarantine location, enter your resort/residence instantly and don’t depart till till 12:01 AM or later of the 4th evening. In case you are caught going out, the fantastic is extraordinarily excessive.
  • Then, from days 5 to eight, you’re within the “self-initiated epidemic prevention” interval. The principles are completely different than the earlier “self well being administration interval”. Earlier than, that principally meant you would depart, exit, stick with household, reside like regular however simply keep away from crowded indoor locations and monitor your well being state of affairs. For the brand new “self initiation epidemic prevention” interval, the foundations are stricter. See the subsequent part under.
  • On the day of your arrival at your house of quarantine, and day-after-day or different day after that, an English-speaking agent will name you to examine in on you and ask if you’re feeling okay. Ensure that your cellphone is charged and that you simply catch the decision. For those who miss it, they could ship somebody to examine on you (though the agent admitted to my spouse that they’re too busy these days, so they’ll in all probability simply attempt to name you once more later. You may as well ask this man about rubbish decide up.
  • In case your airport saliva check seems constructive, they’ll contact you and advise you on learn how to proceed. For those who’re alone, there’s an opportunity it is possible for you to to remain the place you’re in quarantine however for an extra set variety of days, or they could come decide you up and take you to a authorities facility. For those who’re a household and just one assessments constructive, that particular person will could also be taken away.
  • It’s potential an agent will come to examine your quarantine location to make present it meets requirements, however they appear to be doing this much less now. My spouse additionally bought a name from the native neighborhood leaders. He then dropped off a bundle for us containing some rubbish baggage and masks.
  • Clearly, don’t depart your house of quarantine, even stepping exterior or down the corridor. Folks have been fined for this. Additionally don’t let anyone in. If quarantining at a residence, you possibly can order meals, or folks can depart issues for you.

Publish Quarantine: Self Well being Administration Interval VS Self Initiated Epidemic Prevention Interval

Prior to now, arriving travels needed to endure a interval of “self well being administration” after quarantine. This meant at all times sporting a masks, watching your well being, and avoiding busy locations. You weren’t imagined to eat in eating places (in observe, no one was checking), however comfort shops or searching for groceries was allowed. Public transportation and exercising exterior have been OK, too. You weren’t supposed to go to a hospital/clinic or make any physician’s appointments throughout this time.

Below the brand new 3 + 4 program (technically 8 nights), the primary 4 nights (day zero plus 3 days) is strict quarantine. The final 4 days is known as “self initiated epidemic prevention”, and it’s a lot stricter. First, they anticipate you to remain in the identical location. This has led to plenty of criticism, as a result of they principally went from 8 nights obligatory resort keep to eight nights obligatory resort stick with a brand new title. Within the official wording, they solely say “staying in the identical location is right”. That is open to plenty of interpretation. Will they actually examine whether or not you keep in the identical location for “self initiated epidemic prevention”? Are you allowed to maneuver from the resort to your own home (in the event you didn’t keep at your own home already) after the primary 4 days? I don’t know but, however will replace as soon as I hear tales from others.

The principle distinction is that in the course of the second 4 days, you are actually allowed to depart your resort (or dwelling) “for requirements or for work”. This imprecise wording has led to plenty of confusion, as at all times. As a way to depart your quarantine location in these 4 days, you need to first do a fast COVID check and check destructive. You’ll need to report the destructive check to the officer who calls you (they now not ask for an image of the destructive check. You simply have to inform them and so they belief you). Nevertheless, you continue to aren’t allowed to stick with household or buddies who have been already in Taiwan, nor are you allowed to go to eating places, crowded indoor locations, and so on.

My opinion is that, just like the earlier “self well being administration” interval, they aren’t going to rigorously watch or observe you. Furthermore, as a result of their wording of what’s allowed is so imprecise (you possibly can go to work??? what in the event you work in a busy, crowded place? however you possibly can’t do different issues?) I believe that is principally going to be the distinction system, and I like to recommend doing what appears logical. Exit, do the issues it is advisable do, however don’t (simply throwing out examples) head straight to a packed evening membership. Having mentioned that, for these staying in quarantine resort, they motels themselves might regulate you considerably (resort homeowners can vary from not caring in any respect to caring an excessive amount of, and the extent of understanding they’ve of the official present guidelines additionally varies wildly), in order that’s one thing to bear in mind.

Till spring of 2022, everybody was imagined to obtain and use the Taiwan Social Distancing App (臺灣社交距離). This was the nation’s method of tracing all COVID circumstances and notifying those that have been involved with a case. Nevertheless, with the explosion of native COVID circumstances in Could 2022, the contact tracing system collapsed. They’re now not making an attempt to hint each case, so that you don’t have to do that anymore.

For those who have been vaccinated in Taiwan, you possibly can apply on your digital vaccine certificates, which can be required to enter some eating places, gyms, evening golf equipment, and so forth in Taiwan (Notice: after spending two months in Taiwan in mid-2022, I haven’t been requested for this as soon as but, so don’t fear an excessive amount of about this). The system solely works in the event you bought your vaccines in Taiwan, as a result of then you’ll already be registered of their system.

For those who bought your vaccines overseas and have a very good vaccine card issued by your nation, you possibly can simply present that, in the event you’re ever even requested for it. Simply have the doc/QR code prepared to point out in your cellphone if wanted.

What Occurs If I Take a look at Constructive on Arrival?

Daily, a number of folks check constructive upon arrival in Taiwan. As a result of they now solely do saliva assessments on the airport and you permit earlier than the outcomes are prepared, you’ll be notified later.

If this occurs to you, you MAY be picked up and brought to a authorities quarantine facility and have to remain there for 10 days (except you check destructive in your two following assessments, during which case it’s possible you’ll be allowed to depart earlier). Nevertheless, you might also simply be requested to remain at your present quarantine location.

Within the case of touring with relations, I used to suggest packing your baggage individually (one bag for every particular person) in case you bought separated on the airport, for instance, if just one particular person examined constructive and was taken away. Now, I’d say to no less than be mentally ready for the likelihood that, inside a day or two of arrival, if solely considered one of you assessments constructive, they could out of the blue name you and let you know that you’ve got half-hour to pack a bag earlier than they arrive decide you up.

The federal government quarantine services differ, and aren’t a lot completely different than an everyday quarantine resort. They may very well be situated wherever in Taiwan. The identical buddy I discussed above bought despatched to at least one in Nantou, in the midst of Taiwan, the place he had a stunning pure view out a big window that he may simply open (a a lot desired function in common quarantine motels).

Nevertheless, many individuals complain that the federal government services are stricter than the common quarantine motels. They could examine your baggage for liquor and different prohibited objects, which common motels gained’t do. They’re additionally stricter about ordering meals in, like it may solely be carried out at very particular occasions or can’t be carried out in any respect. And as an alternative of self-administered fast assessments, a nurse will really are available in and do the check on you.

On the plus aspect, these services are free! Nevertheless, in the event you’ve already booked a quarantine resort, it might be too late to get your a reimbursement. You could possibly no less than strive for a partial refund. On the finish, if you take a taxi onward to wherever you’re going subsequent in Taiwan, you’ll have to pay for that.

Within the case of households touring with youngsters, if solely a toddler assessments constructive, one mother or father will be capable of go along with her or him. When separated like this, if the quarantined COVID-positive particular person assessments destructive on the primary two assessments carried out in room (days 2 and 4), she or he will then be allowed to rejoin his/her household wherever they’re quarantining. It’d take a day to course of, so you would anticipate to be rejoined on day 5 or so.

One other observe: Because the COVID case numbers proceed to rise rapidly, Taiwan is working out of presidency quarantine services. As of April 20, 2022, people who find themselves already in Taiwan and check constructive for COVID however with gentle signs or asymptomatic are actually being allowed to quarantine at dwelling as an alternative of being despatched to a authorities facility. Whereas those that check constructive upon arrival are nonetheless typically being taken to authorities services (i.e. not allowed to go dwelling and quarantine there), this might change within the close to future.

What occurs if I check constructive later in Taiwan, or come into contact with a constructive particular person?

As of Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the rule for many who’ve been in very shut contact with a COVID-positive particular person was “3 + 4”, that means you needed to isolate for 3 days then observe self well being administration for 4 days however on Could 16, 2022, the federal government introduced this was now not required. Now, in the event you’ve had three doses of vaccine, you don’t need to isolate, even when a detailed contact (like member of the family or shut coworker) assessments constructive, as long as you your self aren’t exhibiting signs.

For those who’ve carried out a fast antigen check on your self, come up constructive, and you don’t have any signs or gentle signs, you must name 1922 to report that you’ve got COVID after which observe their directions. It’s possible you’ll be despatched to a facility or simply advised to isolate for 10 days at dwelling. Don’t go to a hospital or clinic. Aged folks (75+) or infants (2 and underneath) should be despatched to a hospital, even with gentle or no circumstances.

If in case you have critical circumstances, reminiscent of robust chest ache or hassle respiration, you must search medical consideration instantly.

For those who suspect you could have come into contact with a COVID case, don’t go to a hospital for testing; the hospitals are overwhelmed and have requested folks not to do that.

Quarantine Lodges

Taiwan’s quarantine motels are primarily common motels which have adopted all of the protocol with the intention to qualify as quarantine motels. Select rigorously, as you’ll be caught in the identical room during your quarantine interval!

Costs embody three meals a day, that are dropped at your room. Sadly, most of them solely supply a full refund as much as two days earlier than arrival, so in the event you check constructive on the airport and get despatched to a authorities quarantine facility, it’s possible you’ll not get all your a reimbursement from the resort. (Notice: no less than the federal government services are free).

Tips on how to Guide a Quarantine Lodge

The preferred search engine for reserving quarantine motels in Taiwan is Mr. Host (reserving web site / Fb web page).

There are such a lot of motels accessible that selecting one may be intimidating. Additionally, the Mr. Host web site may be troublesome to make use of (after I tried, the “examine availability” on some motels button didn’t work), and typically the ultimate worth or room options are completely different that what’s first proven, which is irritating.

Nevertheless, the Mr. Host crew may be very useful, and you’ll even message them with a listing of issues you’re hoping for in a room (for instance, window, balcony, adjoining rooms, youngsters’s services) and they’ll give suggestions. Their workers is extremely educated about present restrictions, and so they publish some helpful flowcharts explaining the quarantine course of in Taiwan; observe their Fb web page linked above to see them.

You may as well contact and guide motels straight. The federal government has ready this web site itemizing all of the quarantine motels by location throughout Taiwan. Sadly, they don’t present emails or web site hyperlinks.

Two different websites the place you possibly can guide Taiwan quarantine motels are AsiaYo and KKDay. Don’t use common reserving websites like Reserving dot com, which I usually suggest, for reserving your quarantine keep in Taiwan.

For those who discover the quarantine resort reserving websites troublesome to make use of (or the tip outcomes aren’t matching what confirmed if you initially search), you possibly can at all times simply use these websites to seek out motels, then contact the motels on to guide.

When contacting motels, many will ask you to make use of the LINE app (which is universally utilized in Taiwan) to speak, fill out crucial types, and so on, so that you’ll positively have to obtain that.

How A lot is a Quarantine Lodge?

Offers on quarantine motels can run as little as NTD500 per evening, however this isn’t straightforward to seek out. 2000+ is the norm. It’s simpler to seek out cheaper ones in the event you look exterior of Taipei.

On the different finish, they will simply value nicely over NTD5000 per day, that means you’d be dropping $55,000+ on your keep. For that worth, why not guide a visit to Hawaii? I like to recommend reserving your quarantine room no less than a month upfront.

Really useful Quarantine Lodges

View of a very small quarantine hotel room in Taipei, including bed, desk with computer, and clothes hanging on hooks, with no window on wall.
Instance of a low-budget, windowless quarantine resort room in Taipei (pictures by 呂凱 Kyle)

The next are quarantine motels which have come extremely really helpful by different vacationers:

For households: Freedom Design Lodge (富立登國際大飯店), near airport and gives varied objects wanted for younger youngsters, reminiscent of cribs and bathtub tubs at no additional value.

One other family-friendly choice: Amba Songshan, adjoining rooms accessible

For many who can afford it: Lodge Proverbs, deluxe rooms have balconies, train gear, and extra.

One other luxurious alternative: Miramar Backyard Taipei

An alternative choice with balconies and train gear: Chez Nous Da An

Low-budget quarantine resort in Taipei for solo keep: Meander 1948 (pictured above)

Taichung quarantine motels: North District L Lodge and Cloud Lodge

Tainan quarantine motels: Taiwan North District B Lodge (low funds) or Anping District A Lodge (giant rooms, home windows)

Kaohsiung quarantine motels: Lengthy Siang Lodge (low funds) or Legend Lodge Pier 2 (colourful rooms with home windows)

What’s it Like Staying in a Quarantine Lodge (together with the meals!)

A mosaic of four meals served in a quarantine hotel in Taiwan
Typical meals served in quarantine resort (pictures by 呂凱 Kyle)

Quarantine resort rooms differ fairly a bit. Some are small windowless containers, whereas others are luxurious, multi-room suites. The proprietor/workers might or might not converse English. They could offer you the LINE tackle so you possibly can talk with them all through your keep. Most present all the data you want and an in depth checklist of guidelines on your keep.

Getting a room with a window is extremely really helpful for sanity’s sake, particularly for these wishing to regulate to the time change after a protracted flight from around the globe. Balconies are rarer in Taiwan, so that you’ll need to pay extra for a room that has one.

You’ll need to come ready with methods to move the time, particularly with children. Take into account bringing a yoga mat for train and sticking to an everyday schedule. Many individuals have reported that the dinner time turns into their favourite, most enjoyable a part of the day. Is that this what jail is like?

A few of the most typical complaints about quarantine motels are in regards to the meals. I’ve seen plenty of footage, and the meals appears fantastic to me. It’s largely Taiwanese, so you possibly can anticipate sandwiches or steamed buns for breakfast, plenty of lunchboxes (a mattress of rice with veggies, meats, eggs, tofu, and so on. on prime), noodles, soups, and the like. These with dietary restrictions after all ought to inform the resort upfront and they’ll cater to it.

Some folks get bored with consuming Asian-style meals day-after-day, however the greatest situation is that the meals comes lukewarm at finest, or usually chilly. Microwaves are uncommon in Taiwan, so don’t anticipate one in your room except it’s explicitly said. Many individuals say they want they’d introduced in a scorching plate, or really did (this will not technically be allowed). I’ve ever heard of individuals utilizing issues like hair straighteners to heat up their meals.

You’re allowed to order meals and groceries to your room. The commonest supply providers are Meals Panda and Uber Eats. Some motels many solely will let you order at particular occasions, or they’ll maintain it till that point (so it is going to be chilly). Most motels additionally will let you obtain packages from buddies or household on the skin, however some many examine them for prohibited objects earlier than giving them to you.

Is alcohol allowed in quarantine motels?

Most quarantine motels technically don’t permit alcohol within the quarantine rooms. Which means you possibly can’t order liquor in together with your groceries, nor can buddies drop it off for you. Nevertheless, some quarantine motels DO permit it. For those who actually need to have the ability to, you possibly can ask motels about their alcohol coverage earlier than reserving. I’d say there’s a very good likelihood this may be simpler to seek out exterior of Taipei.

Having mentioned that, motels gained’t examine your baggage if you arrive, so you possibly can take the prospect bringing some onerous liquor or wine in them.

Notice that authorities quarantine services (the place you’re despatched in the event you check constructive) are stricter, and may very well examine your baggage and confiscate prohibited objects.

For those who’re quarantining at dwelling, you possibly can after all get pleasure from no matter drinks you need, as long as you realize somebody good sufficient to drop them off for you. You may’t order liquor on-line.

Making use of for a Quarantine Subsidy

When Taiwan first began its obligatory, self-paid resort quarantine system, the federal government supplied subsidies (round NT1000/day/particular person) to everybody who underwent it.

Now, nevertheless, it’s far more troublesome to get one. Solely Taiwanese residents can apply, and they should exhibit a really compelling motive they needed to depart the nation, for instance therapy of a life-threatening illness that may’t be carried out in Taiwan. You can also’t be incomes earnings whereas in quarantine, amongst different guidelines. In different phrases, don’t maintain out any hope for getting one.

Having mentioned that, we lately discovered that we really do qualify as a result of we left Taiwan earlier than COVID began and haven’t been again since. So if you end up on this case as nicely (citizen or ARC holder, left Taiwan earlier than COVID began, coming again and quarantining in a resort, not incomes earnings when you quarantine), it’s possible you’ll be in luck. Additionally observe: in the event you really feel you certified for the subsidy up to now, you possibly can apply for it as much as six months after the quarantine time. In the long run, we didn’t get it, as a result of we ended up staying in a buddy’s empty residence as an alternative of a quarantine resort.

Quarantining at Dwelling

A typical apartment in Taipei, Taiwan
My previous residence in Banqiao, New Taipei Metropolis

Ever since mid-March, 2022, folks have been allowed to quarantine at their dwelling in Taiwan as an alternative of a quarantine resort. At first, there was a “one particular person per residence” rule (exception: vacationers with youngsters), however in early April 2022, this was additional loosened to “one particular person per room”. In different phrases, two folks arriving collectively can quarantine collectively, so long as they arrived in Taiwan collectively, and even on completely different flights however the identical day. Nobody else may be allowed into the home although, together with relations who lived there earlier than you arrived.

Tips on how to Quarantine at a Residence in Taiwan

For those who’d prefer to quarantine in your residence in Taiwan, and even that of a buddy, the residence should abide by the next:

  • Nobody else may be in it throughout your keep, except they arrived with you and you’re quarantining collectively.
  • The residence has to have its personal quantity. For instance, there are numerous unlawful top-floor residences in Taipei. Their quantity is identical because the residence under them. These don’t qualify.
  • The residence has to have its personal entrance. For instance, if you need to stroll into another person’s home/residence with the intention to entry the staircase to that residence, it doesn’t qualify.
  • Communal staircase or elevator as much as the principle door of your residence (like most residential buildings in Taipei have) are fantastic.
  • The residence may be wherever in Taiwan, however you’ll need to pay the set charge for taxi transportation to get there from the airport the place you arrive.
  • There’s nothing else you need to do apart from present the tackle, and no one will come to examine on it. Nevertheless, I’ve heard of individuals being compelled to depart their residence and examine right into a quarantine facility due to the residence quantity situation.
  • Notice that the federal government will observe your location throughout this time utilizing your cellphone, and leaving your residence (even simply stepping exterior the door) can incur an enormous fantastic. There have been a number of circumstances of individuals receiving huge fines for leaving their residence throughout quarantine; considered one of them simply walked down the corridor.

Are Airbnbs Allowed for Quarantine?

Within the first few months of Taiwan’s COVID quarantine system, staying in an Airbnb was a well-liked alternative. Nevertheless, it was by no means technically allowed. Actually, Airbnbs aren’t even authorized in Taiwan. So no, Airbnbs are positively not allowed for quarantining now, and in contrast to earlier than, they now actively be sure that folks aren’t staying in them. Staying in a buddy’s of household’s place, nevertheless, is okay, so long as these folks keep away during your quarantine, and the residence complies with all of the above-mentioned standards.

Properly, I hope you’ve discovered solutions to all of your questions on Taiwan’s journey entry necessities and quarantine system. For those who’ve nonetheless bought questions, please remark under or be a part of my Taiwan Journey Planning group and ask there to get the quickest reply!



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