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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  September 23, 2022

*** Starting June 12, 2022, air passengers will no longer need to get tested and show a COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States. To read the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order rescinding the requirement, visit the website by clicking on this link.

International Travel Requirements and Recommendations:

  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants: click here.
  • Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. Immigrants (Travel to the United States): click here.
  • Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines & Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination: click here.

Taiwan-specific Information:

  • Taiwan has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control provides daily updates on the number of confirmed cases. The American Institute in Taiwan continues to closely monitor the development related to COVID-19.
  • U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest COVID-19 and U.S. Citizen Services updates.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Taiwan?  Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?  Yes.
  • Self-pay COVID-19 test is widely available at hospitals throughout Taiwan.
  • An English test report is available after 48 hours or less.
  • Test report can be delivered only by in-person pick up.
  • Cost of testing as listed by the hospitals varies from NTD 3,500 to NTD 8,000 (USD 127–286)
  • If you are currently in Taiwan and believe that you may have symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website or call the Communicable Disease Prevention and Reporting Hotline at 1922 for information
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID testplease review CDC’s website.
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email <TaipeiACS@state.gov>

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Taiwan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Taiwan for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes.
  • Which vaccines are available in Taiwan?  AstraZeneca, Moderna, BNT and Medigen.
  • Information about the availability of the vaccine in Taiwan can be found on here (Taiwan CDC) and here (National Immigration Agency).
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow Taiwan CDC developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.
    • Effective September 12, 2022, Taiwan will restore visa exemption for U.S. passport holders.  More information can be found here.
    • The American Institute in Taiwan has no say in these policies, and these are subject to change at any time.
  • Scheduled for October 13, 2022, Taiwan plans to lift quarantine for all arrivals and implement 7-day of self-initiated epidemic prevention.  More information can be found here.
  • Effective September 29, 2022, the mandatory 3-day quarantine will be adjusted.  More information can be found here.
  • Effective August 15, 2022, inbound passengers no longer need to show a COVID-19 test result prior to boarding a flight to Taiwan.  Those who test positive abroad are required to wait over seven days from their specimen collection date before taking a flight to Taiwan.  More information can be found here.
  • Effective June 15, 2022, upon entry, mandatory quarantine for arrivals is 3 days.  Travelers are allowed to transit through Taiwan.  Transiting through from and to China is not allowed.  More information can be found here.
  • You are required to purchase a local SIM card at the airport for the purpose of location tracking while you are under quarantine.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.
  • For the latest updates on Taiwan’s entry requirements, please monitor the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website and the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Movement Restrictions:

  • There is no curfew in place.
  • There are no restrictions on intercity travel.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes.
    • Regardless of your vaccinated status, you are still required to be quarantined upon arrival for 3 days.
    • For a nationwide list of quarantine hotels, please see here.
  • Effective June 15, 2022, upon entry, Taiwan requires all foreign nationals to undergo a 3-day quarantine period.  Travelers are allowed to transit through Taiwan.  More information can be found here.
  • Symptomatic individuals will be sent to designated medical facilities for tests; the relevant health authorities will also begin active monitoring.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.
    • Commercial flights between the U.S. and Taiwan are available but limited. Travelers should contact airlines directly for information about flight options and be prepared for the implementation of travel restrictions with little to no advance notice.  Please check with airlines for latest schedules.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.  Buses and metro are operating on normal schedules.
  • Effective August 6, face masks are mandatory at the Taipei and Kaohsiung Metro, buses, government buildings, hospitals, grocery stores, schools, indoor exhibition halls, religion gathering venues, entertainment establishments, and major events.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Failure to comply with mask wearing requirements can result in fines ranging from NTD 3,000 to NTD 15,000 (USD $100–$500)
  • Failure to comply with quarantine requirements can result in fines ranging from NTD100,000 to NTD 1,000,000 (USD $3,560–$35,560)

Consular Operations:

  • AIT Taipei has resumed routine visa services in all visa categories. Please see our website for more information.
  • The American Citizen Services Unit (ACS) has resumed all routine services. Please see our website for more information.

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