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7/20 Pre-travel PCRs and the 3+4 quarantine explained

Pre-Travelling: Negative PCR tests no longer required for citizens and ARC holders starting 14 July

However, those who test positive for COVID-19 abroad must wait over seven days from the specimen collection date to take a flight to Taiwan in order to maintain safety on the flight and epidemic prevention efforts in the community.

1. Quarantine period and location:

The day of arrival counts as Day 0; a three-day quarantine and four-day self-initiated epidemic prevention following the end of quarantine are required.

2.  A negative result from an at-home rapid test taken within two days should be presented if an arrival needs to go out to work or buy daily necessities.

3.  Rules for the 4-day self-monitoring period

During the self-monitoring period, people should only go out when necessary and after testing negative using a rapid antigen test the same day or the previous day.

5/8 Quarantine, Close Contact, PCR testing Updates

Quarantine hotels unnecessary for cases or close contacts showing no symptoms

From now on, Taipei City will no longer arrange quarantine hotels for confirmed cases who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, or non-infected relatives and friends who live with confirmed cases, in order to maintain the capacity of our hospitals and quarantine hotels. 


‘Close Contact’ Redefined as of May 8

Home isolation requirement for close contacts will only apply to live-in relatives or friends and to roommates at school dormitories, but no longer to colleagues at work or classmates, the CECC announced.


Test positive on rapid tests & make phone reservations before getting PCR testings

According to the Health Minister Chen, people who have tested positive on rapid antigen kits and have suspected COVID symptoms can go to the clinics to undergo PCR testing.

In order to facilitate public access to these clinics, the CECC has created an online map titled the "Map of nationally designated community testing institutions for COVID-19." Once they have located a nearby clinic on the map, they are advised to call the facility first to set up an appointment for a PCR test.


Citizens of Taipei can access the Drive-thru at Beitou-Shilin Tech Park

Individuals who tested positive on home self-test kits can bring the specimen and test strip to the COVID-positive Drive-thru Clinic at Beitou-Shilin Technology Park by either driving, riding a motorcycle, or walking to receive further PCR screening

5/3 Taiwan to shorten quarantine for arriving travelers from 10 to 7 days

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) The quarantine requirement for arriving travelers will be reduced from 10 days to seven, starting May 9, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday, as Taiwan opts to live with COVID-19.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, said the new measure is being introduced based on the shorter incubation period of the Omicron variant, and the need for Taiwan to maintain normal economic activity and preserve its critical medical capacity.

As a result, arriving travelers will start their seven-day quarantine the day after obtaining a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) result upon arrival, Chen said during a CECC briefing.

The government will provide travelers with two rapid tests, one of which is to be taken on the last day of quarantine and the other only if they develop symptoms during the quarantine period, he said.

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