COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  May 18, 2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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.
    • For a nationwide list of COVID testing centers, please see here under the heading “Designated Hospital List for out-of-pocket COVID-19 PCR testing.”
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  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 5,000 to NTD 8,000 (USD 180–286)
  • 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 test, please review the following pagehttps://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
  • 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.
  • Which vaccine is available in Taiwan?  AstraZeneca.
  • Information about the availability of the vaccine in Taiwan can be found on here (Taiwan CDC).
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued emergency use authorizations for only three vaccines for domestic use, those developed and manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
  • 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.
    • Taiwan currently allows foreign nationals who hold a valid Alien Resident Certificates (ARCs) or special entry permits for humanitarian reasons to enter Taiwan.  Special entry permits are issued by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the United States.  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.
  • Effective from May 19 to June 18:
    • Non-Taiwan nationals without a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) will be temporarily barred from entry. Exceptions may be made for individuals who obtain entry permission for emergency or humanitarian reason.
    • Transit travelers will be temporarily barred from entry. More information can be found here.
    • TECO will halt processing of visa applications.  More information can be found here.
  • Effective December 1, 2020, all travelers to Taiwan are required to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three working days of boarding before they will be allowed to board their flight to Taiwan.  More information about the new measure can be found on CDC Taiwan’s website.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.
  • Upon entry, Taiwan requires all foreign nationals to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.  Arriving travelers shall also provide proof of the place of quarantine.  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.
  • Any traveler arriving from outside Taiwan and granted entry are subject to a 14-day home quarantine. They will be required to complete a health declaration form, accurately provide their travel and contact history, and provide proof of the place of quarantine. Those who choose to quarantine at home shall make an affidavit to declare they have met the requirement of one person per residence.
  • Short-term business travelers are required to complete the 14-day quarantine. More information can be found here.
  • 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.
  • Effective from May 15 to May 28, epidemic alert level for Taipei City and New Taipei City raised to level 3.  Restrictions and preventive measures are in place. More information can be found here.

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 14 days.
    • For a nationwide list of quarantine hotels, please see here.
  • A person under home quarantine is required to wear a surgical mask and immediately return home or go to a designated location for home quarantine.
  • Local officials will call the individual under home quarantine every day during the 14-day period to ask about the individual’s health status and will record the information on a Health Status Record form.
  • During the quarantine period, the individual is to stay home (or at the designated location) and may not use public transportation or leave Taiwan.
  • 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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