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Taiwan to revise quarantine rules for business travelers

ROC Central News Agency

05/20/2020 06:34 PM

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Taiwan is planning to reduce the quarantine period for visitors arriving on short-term business trips, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday, as it reported no new COVID-19 cases in the country for the 13th straight day.

Business travelers on two- or three-day trips, arriving from countries such as New Zealand, which are at extremely low risk for COVID-19, will be required to remain in quarantine for five days instead of two weeks, the CECC said.

At the end of the five-day quarantine, the visitors will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense and released once they test negative, the CECC said.

Short-term business travelers from countries with relatively high risk of COVID-19 will be quarantined for 10 days, after which the procedure will be the same, it said.

Businesspeople from countries where COVID-19 not under control or who intend to stay longer than three days will be required to follow the current 14-day quarantine regulations, the CECC said, adding that the finer details will be released later in the week.

Meanwhile, passengers traveling on regular or high-speed rail must wear a mask, the CECC said, which was a rejection of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' (MOTC) proposal to lift that regulation.

The social distancing guidelines for train travel will also remain in place, but an increased passenger load during holiday periods will be considered once the mask rule is observed, the CECC said.

Pending the CECC's approval, the MOTC was hoping to again allow ticket sales for standing passengers on regular trains and for non-reserved seats on the high speed rail, starting during the June 25-28 Dragon Boat Festival.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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