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Health Alert – American Institute in Taiwan
May 1, 2020

Location:  Taiwan

Event:  On May 1, the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced no new cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan, marking the sixth consecutive day with no new cases. It has been 19 days since the last case of local transmission. The CECC continues to emphasize the importance of good hand hygiene and social distancing in public places.

The CECC released a map (https://bit.ly/2xyUgs3) containing locations visited by the personnel of the naval fleet connected to a cluster of infection in April. The CECC advises anyone who visited the locations in the specified time periods indicated on the map to conduct self-health management and wear face masks when going out for 14 days. If you feel unwell, call the toll-free Communicable Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline 1922, and inform the physician of exposure history.

Visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) website for updated information.

The Department of State Health Advisory

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Commercial flight options currently exist in Taiwan, however, airlines have significantly reduced direct flights to the United States. Beginning in May, airlines are expected to further reduce direct flights for each of the remaining routes to the United States to one per week or fewer. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Taiwan at this time. Please check with airlines for the latest information on flight options and to make travel arrangements.

For information about the coronavirus economic stimulus relief, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service website.

Taiwan-specific information

The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a second automatic 30-day extension for foreigners entering Taiwan on or before March 21 with visa waiver, visitor visa, or landing visa (no application required.) More information here:  https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5081-c06dc-2.html

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 contracts, 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 currently not allowed to transit through Taiwan in order to prevent cross-border transmission risks.

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 contact the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs (website).

Effective April 10, Taiwan will implement crowd control measures at popular locations such as sight-seeing spots, recreational areas, national parks, night markets, and temples. The CECC reminds people to maintain social distance of at least 1.5 meter in indoor 1 meter in outdoor, wear masks, and practice good personal hygiene.

Passengers are required to wear masks in taxis as well as other forms of public transportation. Taxi drivers have the right to refuse service to people not wearing masks. Those who refuse to wear face masks on public transport after being advised to do so will be fined up to NT$15,000.

Changes to AIT American Citizen Services

AIT Taipei has suspended routine visa services and limited its passport and notarial services.

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State has limited its ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services abroad.

Please consider waiting to apply for your passports, through mail or in-person, until the Department has resumed normal operations.

While AIT will continue to process a limited number of routine passport applications, we expect significant delivery delays. At this time, we are unable to estimate when normal operations will resume.

If you previously applied for a passport or citizenship service but have yet to receive your documents, you should expect significant delays. Please note that the validity of your U.S. passport does not affect your eligibility for U.S. citizen emergency services.

AIT will continue to schedule Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) appointments. However, we expect significant delivery delays.

For emergency passport services for U.S. citizens, please contact AIT at TaipeiACS@state.gov.

AIT will also reduce routine notarial services. If your need for a notarial service is not urgent, we encourage you to wait to apply until we resume routine operations.

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