28th May 2022 – (Taipei) Taiwan’s top health official said Saturday talks were underway with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to loosen COVID-19 border restrictions for business travellers, with an announcement expected soon.
Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) chief Chen Shih-chung said Friday that as the domestic infection rate of 6% was already comparable to imported cases, Taiwan could follow the example of many other countries and ease border restrictions in June.
Speaking at the daily CECC news conference Saturday, Chen said that talks had already started with the MOEA and that new measures for business travellers hoping to come to Taiwan would be announced soon, the Liberty Times reported.
Many economic activities have suffered due to the border restrictions, including the placing of orders for goods, services, and investments, Chen said, explaining why the CECC was communicating with the MOEA first. According to a CNA report, the MOEA was considering a shortening of the “7+7” formula, where business people have to spend seven days in quarantine and conduct 7 days of self-health monitoring after their arrival in Taiwan.
As to tourists and other travellers, Taiwan’s ability to provide the required care to COVID cases would be the key, he said. At present, there were still different alert levels for countries, so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and other government departments would have to come up with a unified approach as a base for the second phase of border openings, according to Chen.