Taiwan bans entry to nonresidents with recent travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau from Feb. 7. Quarantine measures enacted.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 05 Feb 2020 20:31 GMT and is scheduled to expire 19 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions, increased health screenings
  • Location(s): Taiwan (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Increased customs screening times; quarantine measures; flight disruptions

Summary
Officials will ban foreigners who have been in mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong over the previous 14 days from entering Taiwan beginning Feb. 7 to combat the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Inbound travel by mainland Chinese nationals is also barred. Visitors to Taiwan from Hong Kong and Macau will be required to undergo a self-quarantine period of 14 days. Taiwan passport holders with recent travel history to mainland China, Hong Kong, and/or Macau will also need to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Officials may introduce additional entry restrictions in the coming days. The duration of the precautionary measures will likely depend on the regional intensity and extent of the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

Authorities continue to conduct enhanced health screenings at major transport hubs and immigration facilities. Passengers bound for Taiwan who do not accurately report their travel history could face fines of up to NTD 150,000 (USD 5,000). Health staff are using thermal scanners at points of entry to monitor some inbound passengers, as well as conducting health checks for passengers that display symptoms of the virus from all destinations. Officials have warned that travelers who exhibit pneumonia-like symptoms could face immediate quarantine. Enhanced screening measures are likely to cause immigration delays, especially at airports in Taipei (TPE, TSA) and Kaohsiung (KHH). Decreased demand will likely prompt regional flight cancellations.

Advice
Consider deferring nonessential travel from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau to Taiwan beginning Feb. 7. Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings if traveling to Taiwan. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019 novel coronavirus, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Taiwan Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov.tw