Even if Taiwan is considering loosening border restrictions for business travellers in June, there are no proposals to allow tourists into the country at present.
The “7+7” formula of 7 days of isolation followed by 7 days of self-health care management was supposedly under concern by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in favour of a “3+4” system in response to requests from the business community.
To the dismay of CNA, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) lowered expectations for Taiwan’s 11 million annual visitors before the pandemic.
Foreign tourists are not one of the three main areas of consideration for easing border restrictions, according to spokesman Chuang Jen-Hsiang.
According to Chuang, two possible solutions include shortening the obligatory quarantine period and creating distinct categories of travellers who would be exempt from the long quarantine. In the third place, airport quarantine taxis were eliminated, allowing arriving travellers to be picked up by friends or family members or to drive a vehicle on their own.
Officials say that this month’s planned border reopening measures will not include tourists because of the current COVID situation.