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Migrant workers are ban to re-enter Taiwan after a vacation amid COVID-19 pandemic

Migrant workers who travel outside Taiwan will be temporarily barred from returning in the country until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides according to Vice Labor Minister Lin San-quei.

The temporary entry ban of returning to Taiwan by migrant workers is part of the government's latest preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19.

It was announced at the daily Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) press conference. The ban of re-entry will be only be lifted once the COVID-19 epidemic fades away.

Starting Thursday (March 19), migrant workers in Taiwan who wish to travel abroad will no longer be issued a re-entry permit by the National Immigration Agency (NIA), according to the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

Meanwhile, those migrant workers who are currently overseas and have re-entry permits will be allowed to return, but they will have to self-quarantine for 14 days if they are coming from a country that is under a CECC Level 3 travel warning.

Level 3 travel warning for 99 countries and regions, including most migrant worker's country Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

In the case of migrant workers who had already booked trips to their home countries, the MOL will compensate them for any rescheduling or cancellation fees incurred.


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