Health Alert – American Institute in Taiwan (March 31, 2020)

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Location: Taiwan

Event: As of March 31, the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has confirmed 322 cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan, with five fatalities.

Latest updates from CECC: On March 31, the CECC announced 16 new confirmed cases, with 14 being imported cases and two being cases of local transmission. Patients in the imported cases traveled to Taiwan from the United States, the United Kingdom, Iceland, France, Switzerland, Thailand, the Philippines. One patient infected locally had contact with a previously confirmed case. Visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) website for updated information. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. Some direct flights between the United States and Taiwan have been cancelled. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

Taiwan has barred admission to all foreign travelers except for those who hold an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or documents proving they are in Taiwan for diplomatic or other official purpose or to fulfill business contacts, and those who have received special permits. Any travelers arriving from outside Taiwan and granted entry are subject to a 14-day home quarantine.

Travelers are not allowed to transit through Taiwan from March 24 to April 7 in order to prevent cross-border transmission risks.

All travelers who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, on a visitor visa, a landing visa, or through a visa-waiver program and who have not overstayed their legal stay period will be granted an automatic 30-day extension. No application is required. See more information here.

For the latest update on conditions in Taiwan, including entry restrictions and visa policy, please monitor the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) website and the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs website .

AIT Taipei has suspended routine visa services.

For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

Actions to Take: · Consult the United States CDC website for the most up-to date information. Consult the Taiwan CDC website for conditions in Taiwan. · Visit our AIT webpage on COVID-19 for additional information.

· For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. · Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

· Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions. · Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

Assistance:

· Contact AIT Taipei Office, located at 100 Jinhu Road, Neihu Dist., Taipei City 11461. Phone: (02)2162-2000; Fax: (02) 2162-2239. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (02) 2162-2000. Email: TaipeiACS@state.gov Website

· Contact AIT Kaohsiung Office, located at No. 88, 5th floor, Chenggong 2nd Road, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City 80661. Phone: (07) 335-5006; Fax: (07)338-0551. Email: TaipeiACS@state.gov Website