Taiwan has recently somewhat relaxed transit and entry requirements. There is no longer a pre-departure PCR-RT test requirement (there is one on arrival for everyone entering the country) in place, and quarantine has been slashed to 3 days, followed by 4 days of self-monitoring.
Now, there are bits and pieces coming out from Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center that there will be relaxation of entry requirements on the horizon once the current waive of Covid-19 infections has passed.
It is unlikely that the entry restrictions would be removed entirely, but what could they tinker with about the current 3 (quarantine) + 4 (self-monitoring) model?
They could, like Thailand did at one stage, require incoming passengers to quarantine for a few hours until the test result from the airport are ready and have one or two follow-ups. There is still a weekly arrivals cap of 50,000 that could be raised.
The four days of “self-monitoring” is quite useless because people can go on with their lives as they please.
I have been closely following the developments in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan because I am heading for Asia-Pacific next week for two to three months.
I don’t plan visiting countries that have made entering without a quarantine impossible (Hong Kong & Taiwan) or has ended visa-free travel (Japan).
Let’s hope that Taiwan can amend its entry requirements next month. Unfortunately, both Hong Kong and Japan are lost cases at this point.