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Taiwan plans to relax travel, transportation restrictions as COVID-19 eases in the island

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Friday (May 15) presented a plan loosening travel and transportation restrictions in Taiwan as the country had controlled the spread of COVID-19, reported CNA.

According to the Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung, the three-stage plan addresses different goals in order to revive the economy and for the public to resume normal lives.

The MOTC said, in the first stage, between May 27 and July 31, the priority will be  the formation of new standards for travel, with a group consisting of local tourism operators traveling along the West Coast Expressway on May 27 to demonstrate safe methods of travel.

The second stage on the other hand will last between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, during which subsidies will be given to certain group and individual travel packages,  adding that it will promote domestic travel with local governments. In this stage, there will no longer be restrictions on eating and seating arrangements on regular trains and high speed rail, and it is likely that people will no longer have to wear masks, have their temperature taken, and keep social distancing when they use public transportation, depending on how the pandemic unfolds, according to the ministry.

In the third stage, which will take place between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, the country will start to open overseas travel and will first encourage travel to countries where COVID-19 is under control. During this phase, border control measures should continue to be relaxed during including restrictions on certain flights and bans against arriving passengers using mass transportation.

The ministry said the plan will be submitted to the Central Epidemic Command Center next week for final approval.

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