Event: As of April 5, the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has confirmed 363 cases of COVID-19 in Taiwan.
Latest updates from CECC: On April 5, the CECC announced eight new confirmed cases. 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. International commercial flight options currently exist in Taiwan. 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. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Taiwan at this time.
Effective immediately, people 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.
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 websitefor conditions in Taiwan.
- Visit our AIT webpageon 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.govfor 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 websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- 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
- 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