Taiwan bans travelers from mainland China due to 2019 novel coronavirus activity. Health screenings ongoing. Immigration delays possible.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 04 Feb 2020 09:46 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions, increased health screenings
  • Location(s): Taiwan (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Possible quarantine and flight disruptions

Summary
Officials in Taiwan will ban non-residents who have traveled or lived in mainland China in the past 14 days from entering the island from Feb. 7 to combat the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). However, the government is allowing affected travelers to apply for entry visas, provided they have not traveled to or lived in Hubei, Guangdong, or Zhejiang provinces in mainland China and can provide a health certification within seven days of travel. The measure does not apply to passengers from Hong Kong or Macau. Officials will ask resident aliens returning to the island to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Authorities continue to conduct enhanced health screenings at major transport hubs for passengers from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Passengers are also required to report whether they have visited Wuhan and surrounding areas or encountered someone who was recently in Wuhan. Passengers who do not report their accurate 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 mainland China passengers who exhibit pneumonia-like symptoms could face immediate quarantine

Enhanced screening measures are likely to cause immigration delays for passengers from mainland China, especially at airports in Taipei (TPE, TSA) and Kaohsiung (KHH). Decreased demand could also prompt flight cancellations between Taiwan and destinations in mainland China.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings if traveling from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau. 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