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Taiwan plans to open border to international travelers based on which country they departed


Taiwan is planning to open its borders and implement different policies for foreign visitors depending on where they travel from as proposed by Taiwanese health experts, according to the country's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang on Monday (June 1).


Chuang said during a panel discussion organized by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Ho Chih-wei,  the CECC is fully aware of the risk that foreign travelers can bring that is why the agency would gradually carry out the process of avoiding the second wave of coronavirus infections in the island.

Chuang added that the Taiwanese government is planning to set different rules for travelers based on their countries of departure. He elaborated that travelers coming from "extremely low-risk areas" such as New Zealand and Palau would only be required to self-monitor themselves. Meanwhile, those who are arriving from "low-risk areas" will be asked for a five-day quarantine.

Risk labels of different countries  will be regularly adjusted based on their pandemic situation, according to Chuang. He added that the CECC will introduce similar travel restrictions for citizens from other countries once it has sought a bilateral agreement.

National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) pediatrician Lee Ping-ing, on the other hand, pointed out during the conference that shortening quarantine periods for foreign travelers may lead to unidentified carriers of coronavirus.
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