Taiwan Finalizes Plans To End Quarantine For Int’l Arrivals On Oct. 13

Taiwan, home to many of the world’s largest technology companies, has finalized plans to end its current three-day mandatory quarantine rule for all international arrivals starting on Oct. 13, the Central News Agency reported today.

Arrivals currently face three days of mandatory quarantine plus four days of “self-initiated epidemic prevention” during which individuals are allowed to go out after first taking a rapid test and obtaining a negative result, the agency said.

Officials said on Sept. 22 that quarantine would end on the condition that there is no escalation of the Covid-19 situation in Taiwan over the next three weeks, CNA said. Instead, travelers arriving after Oct. 13 will need only to observe seven days of self-initiated prevention, according to the final plan announced today.

Airlines including EVA Air and China Airlines have announced plans to increase the number of flights in October, CNA reported. Shares in China Airlines rose 4.8% and EVA Airways gained 3.2% at the Taiwan Stock Exchange today.

Taiwan this month is already resuming visa-free entry privileges for travelers from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, among other, that had been suspended in connection with the pandemic. Entry restrictions had been imposed in connection with the Covid-19 outbreak. Arrivals will be initially limited to 150,000 per week after Oct. 13, CNA said.

Taiwan has the world’s 22nd largest economy and is leading global source of the semiconductors. Taiwan businesses that rank on the Forbes Global 2000list of the world’s top publicly traded companies include Hon Hai Precision — the big supplier to Apple led by billionaire Terry Gou, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., or TSMC, which makes computer chips for Intel. Others among Taiwan’s numerous Apple suppliers include Pegatron, Lite-On Technology, Inventec, Catcher Technology, Largan Precision and Compeq Manufacturing.

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