Taiwan is following what Japan began in June (read more here) and has allowed the first group to enter Japan for a familiarization trip.
These tours are highly planned, and visitors are not mingling with locals during their visit. Tourism spots they visit clear to “prevent” the spread of Covid-19 that is rampant on the island.
Excerpt from the Focus Taiwan:
The 25-member group arrived on two flights and took COVID-19 PCR tests upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport before leaving for the hotel they would stay to wait for test results.
Under a special entry program, the group was exempted from the current “3+4” quarantine rules that require arrivals to spend three days in quarantine followed by four days of self-initiated epidemic prevention during which they can go out if they take a rapid antigen test every two days that is negative.
According to the transportation ministry, in accordance with Taiwan’s COVID-19 epidemic prevention plan, the tour group will not come into contact with members of the general public during their visit and several scenic spots will be pre-booked for them ahead of their arrival.
Although most of the cases are domestically-transmitted, with only a small number being imported — involving overseas arrivals — there are still worries from the government that an influx of tourists could drive up case numbers.
Not sure what is going on with Taiwan; that first had a very rational approach to Covid-19 and planned to reopen the border. There is a current requirement of three days of quarantine followed by four days of self-monitoring for those entering the country.
At least transit passengers are allowed, and there is no requirement for PCR-RT tests (read more here).