Taiwan, a country that has handled the Covid-19 pandemic exceptionally well, plans to cut the quarantine time in half for those fully vaccinated who arrive in the country from mid-May 2021.
The country will allow a small number (100 or so) to arrive daily and quarantine for 7 days instead of the current mandatory 14. There are also requirements of having two negative PCR-RT tests and one antigen one
Here are the proposed requirements:
- Completion of both doses of COVID-19 vaccine one month before arrival
- Certificate of negative PCR test
- Positive test for antibodies upon arrival
- Negative PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine
Here’s an excerpt from the Focus Taiwan:
Taipei, April 26 (CNA) Arrivals in Taiwan who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could be allowed to shorten their quarantine from 14 to seven days as soon as mid-May, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.
These arrivals would be able to apply to cut their quarantine short if they became fully vaccinated more than one month prior to visiting Taiwan, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at a press briefing in Taipei.
Further eligibility requirements include having to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before their flight and another negative test for COVID-19 on the seventh day after their arrival.
They must also be tested for antibodies in Taiwan, although the CECC has not yet decided how such a test would be carried out, Chen said.
Applications could open for travelers as early as mid-May, though only a limited number would be approved in the beginning, according to Chen.
Countries are slowly relaxing entrance rules for fully vaccinated, but these often come with few Covid-19 tests and shortened quarantine requirements in Asia.
Let’s hope that the quarantine requirement is dropped once a significant percentage of the population is vaccinated.