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Taiwan (TPE) 

(Please check latest updates from your country of destination)                                                                                                                                                      

Travel Restrictions

Effective January 01, 2020, entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for foreign nationals to Taiwan will be tightened.

-          Foreign nationals: foreign nationals may enter Taiwan if they hold an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC); for diplomatic or official business; to fulfill contractual obligations; for special humanitarian reasons; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an Taiwan national; or when they obtain other special permission.

-          Hong Kong and Macao residents: Hong Kong and Macao residents may enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; to fulfill contractual obligations; as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an Taiwan national; or when they obtain permission under special programs.

-          People from Mainland China: people from Mainland China may enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; when they are the spouse or the underage child of a Taiwan national; or when they obtain permission under special programs.

  • Travelers transiting through Taiwan are temporarily prohibited.

-          Please be informed that PAL and other airlines are not allowed to have transfer/transit passengers in TPE due to travel restrictions implemented by Taiwan Immigration and CDC since June 25, 2020 until further notice. Exception to this rule is travel from China Airlines to China Airlines, Eva Air to Eva Air and Cathay Pacific to Cathay Pacific only. If travel involves two different airlines, it is not allowed.

  • Short-term business travelers eligible for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan, except for those who have obtained permission for their application, will be required to complete the 14-day home quarantine.
  • Suspending acceptance of entry applications for international medical care purpose. Special cases or emergency medical care cases are not subject to this rule.

COVID-19 Health Requirements

  • Requirement Entry as of December 17, 2020
  • ALL travelers coming to Taiwan and transit passengers are required to provide a certificate of COVID-19 RT-PCR negative result issued within 3 days before they are allowed to board their flight to Taiwan regardless of nationality (Taiwan or Foreign nationals) or travel purpose (study, work, diplomatic or official business and others). A false or incorrect test result or obstructing the quarantine measures after arrival, the traveler will be subject to a fine of NT$10,000 to 150,000 and a criminal liability of providing false documentation.
  • If a Taiwan national or Foreign passport holder with ARC is unable to presents a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Report but insists to travel to Taiwan for their private reasons not listed in Requirements Entry, they must complete the Entry Affidavit and be CLEARLY advised that if their reasons are not justifiable, they are subject to a fine TWD10,000 to TWD150,000.
  • Examples of Taiwan ARC 
  • The certificate of COVID-19 RT-PCR negative result must be issued by a medical institution certified by the local government in the place of departure. Such certificate shall be written in English or Chinese or both. If the certificate is in the official language of place of departure, and the airline staff is able to assist the inspector of its content, the certificate may be accepted.
  • The three-day period of the certificate means three working days and is counted from the test report date; therefore, national holidays in the country/region where the traveler takes the COVID-19 test may be excluded.
  • The certificate can be accepted in original copy, a photocopy, or an electronic file as long as the content and necessary fields are clear and correct.
  • The testing method of negative test result should be a nucleic acid test (such as PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, NAT or others).
  • All arriving passengers coming from the Philippines must be take a COVID-19 test on arrival.
  • Beginning January 15, 2021, at 00:00, apart from the original requirement of providing a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report issued within three days of boarding, arriving travelers must also provide proof of the location of their intended quarantine.
  • For more information you may refer to CECC website: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/6qJb0IbzLMT9EllcqPZTqw?typeid=158
  • Passengers must be tested at a government-accredited COVID-19 health facility: https://doh.gov.ph/licensed-covid-19-testing-laboratories
  • Travelers who have symptoms in the past 14 days prior to entry into Taiwan (those who have taken medication are included) shall voluntarily inform airport quarantine officers of their symptoms and observe the specimen collection procedures or other necessary quarantine measures.
  • Travelers without symptoms shall return to home or go to a quarantine hotel for a 14-day home quarantine period. Travelers shall practice self-health management for 7 days.
  • For Non-Taiwanese nationals (except foreign nationals with an Alien Resident Certificate or a resident visa) must pay TWD1500/per day for their quarantine expense.
  • Entry measures for migrant workers, foreign students and other personnel whose entry is supervised by competent authority are managed in accordance with related management measures issued by Taiwan CDC.

Required Forms

  • A completed "Quarantine System for Entry Form" must be submitted before departure at https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/
  • Entry Affidavit for those who are unable to present a COVID-19 RT-PCR report prior to boarding
  • For emergency situation, the traveler must provide documents verifying the death of a relative within the second degree of kinship, notice of critical illness or certificate of diagnosis, etc.
  • For travelers approved under an agency program, the traveler must provide a letter of approval.
  • For persons announced by CECC, the traveler must provide information of recent exit/entry record.
  • The CECC announced details about how arriving travelers can apply for quarantine at group quarantine facilities. Those who wish to apply to undergo quarantine at those facilities can into the Quarantine System for Entry (https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/)  starting from January 8, 2021. 

Other Requirements

  • SEA CREW:

-          Valid Seaman's Visa

-          Seaman's Book

-          Original Copy of the Letter of Guarantee


  • OFWs are required to contact their agency for quarantine lodging matters. After the Taiwan Labor Center gets the confirmation, they will send an Ok-To-Board message to the airline as notification for passenger acceptance at check-in counter of origin.
  • Students are required to contact their schools. After Taiwan Ministry of Education got the information for approval, they will send an Ok-To-Board message to the airline as notification for passenger acceptance at check-in counter of origin.
  • Foreign nationals without Alien Resident Certificate or resident visa to provide a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result issued within three days of boarding before they are allowed to board their flight to Taiwan.

Other Information

  • For the latest advice, information and resources, go to:

-          https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-220-5081-c06dc-2.html

-          https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/KIUJU0aZex70DPFUN3d66w?typeid=158

Travel Advisory

  • As of December 03, 2020:

-          Taiwan Update: Entry Quarantine Affidavit for a traveler who is unable to present a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report prior to boarding:

https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Category/MPage/XQ9r73gXAgEfJZV9zm6gaA

  • As of January 06, 2021:

-          CECC will tighten quarantine measures for travelers coming to Taiwan starting from January 15 and make group quarantine facilities available to arriving travelers. Read the advisory, https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/Xsx5Tnb2Ejb2-oMP5U2haw?typeid=158