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Travelers to Taiwan with fake negative COVID-19 result will face a maximum fine of NT$150,000

Travelers to Taiwan who present fraudulent COVID-19 test results on arrival could face a maximum fine of NT$150,000 (US$5,266), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reiterated Sunday.

The likelihood of people arriving with fake negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19 is a major concern, as the number of returning travelers is expected to spike ahead of the upcoming holiday season, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who heads the CECC.

Chen expressed worry about the inconsistent quality of PCR test results from different countries and the possibility that passengers would obtain fraudulent tests, as Taiwan prepares to introduce a new regulation on mandatory tests COVID-19 for all arriving passengers.

Starting Tuesday, all travelers arriving in Taiwan will be required to present a negative test PCR test for COVID-19, taken within three days of their departure from the country of origin.

Meanwhile, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang said he is urging people to inform the authorities if they have any knowledge of passengers providing false information to gain entry to Taiwan.

Violations of the country's border regulations are punishable with fines of NT$10,000 to NT$150,000, under the Communicable Disease Control Act, Chuang said.

Starting Tuesday, all documents presented by arriving passengers at Taiwan's borders will be closely examined by authorities to prevent violations of the law, he added. -Central News Agency


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