Taiwan has ended all Covid-19 entry restrictions for tourists, which were in place for more than two years.
Beginning 13 October, visitors are no longer required to quarantine upon their arrival or take any PCR tests.
However, passengers will be required to monitor their health status for a week after their entry to the country and also have to obtain a negative result on a rapid antigen test the day they arrive, according to Associated Press.
Thai tourists were among the first to arrive at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport under the new rule.
According to Taiwan Tourism Bureau estimates, 244 tourists from nearly 20 tour groups will arrive Thursday, stated the news agency.
In 2019, nearly 17 million Taiwanese travelled abroad. However, this figure saw a 98% plunge in 2021, according to Channel News Asia (CNA).
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The country’s tourism sector represented around 4-5% of its gross domestic product (GDP) prior to the Covid-19 crisis, further noted CNA.
With this new rule in place, Taiwan has removed all restrictions and is now allowing tourists from all countries across the globe.
Although Taiwan and Hong Kong have lifted all restrictions, the Chinese Government continues to implement the curbs, requiring visitors to complete a mandatory quarantine period.
Hong Kong recently scrapped its mandatory quarantine policy for inbound travellers.
Last month, the Dutch Government lifted all Covid-19 related restrictions for passengers entering the country.