COVID-19 Information

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.

Entry and Exit Requirements (Updated:  August 13, 2020):

  • Beginning on June 29, Taiwan allows foreign nationals who wish to travel to Taiwan for reasons other than tourism to apply for a special entry permit with a Taiwan representative office overseas. U.S. citizens in the United States may contact the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)
  • All foreign nationals except for those who hold Alien Resident Certificates (ARCs), documents proving they are in Taiwan for diplomatic or official purposes or to fulfill business contracts, or special entry permits are prohibited from entering Taiwan.
  • Upon entry, Taiwan requires all foreign nationals to present an English-language certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three working days of boarding the flight to Taiwan and undergo a 14-day home quarantine period. The following visitors may be exempted from negative COVID-19 test:  personnel on diplomatic or official business, migrant workers, students, those coming to Taiwan for emergency situations, and crew members on vessels arriving in Taiwan.  More information can be found here.
  • Passengers are allowed to transit through the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with the following restrictions: 1) flights from and to China are excluded; 2) transit passengers must fly with China Airlines, EVA Air, or Cathay Pacific and must fly with the same carrier in and out of Taiwan; 3) transit passengers must leave Taiwan within eight hours.  More information can be found here.
  • 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 and accurately provide their travel and contact history.
  • Short-term business travelers may apply for a shortened period of home quarantine. More information can be found here.
  • The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced four automatic 30-day extensions, extending the total period of stay to a maximum of 180 days, for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa. No application is required.  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.

Quarantine Information:

  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.
  • Self-pay COVID-19 test is available at seven major local hospitals: National Taiwan University Hospital (Taipei), Far Eastern Memorial Hospital (New Taipei), Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (New Taipei), China Medical University Hospital (Taichung), National Cheng Kung University Hospital (Tainan), Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, and Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital.
  • An English test report is available after 48 hours.
  • Cost of testing as listed by the hospitals varies from NTD 5,000 to NTD 8,000 (USD 170–270)

Transportation Options:

  • Commercial flights continue to operate between Taiwan and several major cities in the United States. Please check with airlines for latest schedules.
  • Public transportation buses and metro are operating on normal schedules.
  • Effective August 6, face masks are mandatory at the Taipei and Kaohsiung Metro, 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)

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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