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19 Mar 2020 | 12:23 AM UTC

Taiwan: All foreign travelers banned from March 19 /update 10

Taiwan bans foreign travelers from entering the country on March 19 to prevent further spread of coronavirus; other quarantine measures in effect



The Taiwanese government is banning all foreign travelers from entering the country from Thursday, March 19, to prevent further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Only individuals with residence permits, accredited diplomats, and anyone arriving to carry out commercial contracts will be exempt from the restrictions. Taiwanese citizens will be allowed to enter the country but will be quarantined at home for 14 days. It is unclear how long the entry restrictions will remain in place.

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) has issued a Level 3 travel warning (highest level) for 97 countries as of Wednesday, March 18. Citizens are advised to avoid traveling to China, Japan, most of Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as the US, Australia, Canada, and the US. Further updates can be found on the CECC website here.

As of March 19, 100 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.  
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.  
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.