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Taiwan to allow foreign visitors except tourists starting June 29

After three months of prohibiting foreign entry due to coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan is finally opening its doors to foreigner visitors starting on June 29, except for tourists, said the Central Epidemic Command Center on Wednesday (June 24).

The ban on foreign visitors started on March 18 but an exception was made for those holding an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) diplomatic officials, and businesspeople with special entry permits.

Now that the coronavirus infection is decelerating in the country, CECC Deputy Chief Chen Tsung-yen said in a press conference, Taiwan will allow foreign nationals from any country to apply for entry permit with the exception of tourists and those who are just making an ordinary "social visits."

Chen explained that one of the country's primary condition for the visitors is to provide a "negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test report [English version]" within three days before boarding a flight to Taiwan. He added that once they arrive in the country, they must undergo a 14-day quarantine and pass another test for COVID-19 before they can be released.

The CECC also reminded those who plan to visit the country to to use their mobile phones to complete the "Quarantine System for Entry" before checking in with the airline or boarding at the departure location to speed up customs clearance operations and community epidemic prevention measures after entry.

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