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Trips of 3 days or less exempt from new COVID-19 testing rule: CECC

ROC Central News Agency

12/01/2020 05:16 PM

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) Travelers who return to Taiwan within three days of their departure will be exempt from a new rule requiring international arrivals to present proof of a recent COVID-19 test, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced.

Starting Tuesday, Taiwan is requiring all arriving travelers to present the results of a PCR test for COVID-19 issued within three days of their departure from the country of origin.

The CECC has previously announced several exceptions to the rule, namely for individuals coming from countries where self-paid COVID-19 tests are unavailable, or who are in urgent situations or have otherwise been given prior approval.

In an interview on Tuesday, however, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said the government had recently received feedback from people planning short business trips or visa runs, who complained they would not have time to wait overseas while their tests are being processed.

As a result, he said, the CECC has decided to exempt from the policy travelers who return to Taiwan within three calendar days of their departure.

For instance, a person departing Taiwan on Tuesday could return to the country any time before midnight on Friday without having to submit the results of a COVID-19 test, he said.

Travelers who take advantage of the exemption, however, will be required to sign a health declaration form and sit in a designated area on their return flight, and must also follow the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon their return, according to Chuang.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Matthew Mazzetta)

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