COVID-19 Information

Updated on March 9, 2021

Current U.S. Entry Requirements:

  • 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.
    • Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the American Institute in Taiwan at TaipeiACS@state.gov, and provide the information below. The American Institute in Taiwan will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
    • The following information must be provided for each passenger:
      • Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
      • Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
      • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
      • U.S. destination address
      • Is U.S. destination home address?
      • Departure date
      • Flight itinerary
      • Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
      • Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
      • Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
      • Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
      • Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers)
      • Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
      • Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
      • Due to the ready availability of COVID-19 testing options in Japan, the Embassy anticipates that any waiver request will be extremely rare.

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.
  • Vaccine information for U.S. citizens in Taiwan: the United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • 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 for humanitarian reasons are prohibited from entering Taiwan.  Special entry permits are issued by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the United States. 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) flights from and to Macau and Hong Kong are allowed; 3) transit passengers must fly with the same carrier in and out of Taiwan; 4) transit passengers must leave Taiwan within eight hours; 5) a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within three days prior to the flight schedule time before boarding the flight to Taiwan is required.  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • Regardless of your vaccinated status, you are still required to be quarantined upon arrival.
  • 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 hospitals in Taiwan.  More information can be found here under the heading “Designated Hospital List for out-of-pocket COVID-19 PCR testing.”
  • An English test report is available after 48 hours or less.
  • Cost of testing as listed by the hospitals varies from NTD 5,000 to NTD 8,000 (USD 180–286)

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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