TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As part of its strict new measures to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus during autumn and winter, the CECC on Wednesday (Nov. 18) announced that all persons wishing to fly or transit through Taiwan must provide proof of a negative Wuhan coronavirus test within three days prior to their flight.
During his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, Minister of Health and Welfare and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced that all inbound and transit passengers must submit a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report within three days prior to boarding their flight to Taiwan. Once the new rules take effect on Dec. 1, Taiwanese citizens and foreign residents will no longer be exempt from this requirement
In order to strengthen epidemic prevention, from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, 2021, all passengers, regardless of nationality or purpose of arrival, who enter or transit through Taiwan’s airports must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test within three working days of their scheduled flight to Taiwan. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications will supervise airlines to ensure the veracity of the test reports.
If a passenger is found to have submitted a false test report or refuses, evades, or obstructs relevant quarantine measures, they will be subject to a fine of between NT$10,000 (US$350) to NT$150,000 for breaching Articles 58 and 69 of the Communicable Disease Control Act (傳染病防治法). Those caught creating a false test report will also be held criminally responsible for the offense of forging instruments or seals (偽造文書印文罪).
Chen stated that a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result must be issued by a medical institution designated as qualified by the local government of the place of departure. The CECC requires that the document be written in English, Chinese, or both Chinese and English.
The certificate must include the following information: the traveler's name as it appears on their passport, the date of birth or passport number of the traveler, the specimen collection date and test report date, the virus name, the testing method, and the result. Related details and requirements are listed below, as stated on the CDC website:
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