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Taiwan to fine travelers without negative COVID-19 test result starting Dec. 1

 All person arriving in Taiwan without any proof of a negative test result will face heavy fines starting December 1, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Nov. 25).

Based on the announcement of CECC, all travelers regardless of nationality or purpose of arrival will be required to present a negative coronavirus test result within three days of their departure. However, those who will be excused by the health authority will be exempted from the new rule.

Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung said, violators will be ineligible to receive the government's quarantine subsidy and will have to pay fines between NT$10,000 (US$351) and NT$150,000 for neglecting the Communicable Disease Control Act.

Aside from these, he added that the violator will also be subjected to criminal liability if ever they passed the virus to other persons.

Exceptions will only be granted to those people who come to Taiwan for emergency or have difficulty obtaining COVID-19 test in the country where they came from such as Tuvalu, Niue, Fiji, and Tonga.


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