Public transport, eating out will be allowed under Oct. 13 entry rules: CECC

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Travelers arriving in Taiwan under the quarantine-free entry policy that will take effect on Oct. 13 will be allowed to use public transportation and eat in restaurants during the quarantine surveillance period. seven days after their arrival, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.

Under the new protocol, known as ‘0+7’, no quarantine will be imposed, but travelers will have to observe seven days of ‘self-initiated epidemic prevention’, during which they are required to take a test. fast COVID-19 every other day.

At a press conference on Tuesday, CECC chief Victor Wang (王必勝) said that under the 0+7 policy, many of the current arrival procedures will be scrapped, allowing airport operations to back to “normal”.

For example, the use of the quarantine entry system and health declaration forms, saliva-based PCR testing and quarantine taxis, as well as check-in calls and electronic monitoring of recent arrivals, will be all removed from October 13, he said.

Instead, Wang said, travelers will receive four free COVID-19 rapid tests upon arrival in Taiwan, which must be used at the airport or on the first day after arrival and every other day by the airport. after.

As long as they show no symptoms of COVID-19, travelers arriving from October 13 will also be able to use public transport, including returning home from the airport, according to the CECC.

For seven days after arrival, people will not face restrictions on going out, going to work or school, or eating out, as long as they have had a negative rapid test result within two past few days, Wang said.

However, the authorities have not yet decided whether the 0+7 policy will apply to migrant workers and foreign students from October 13. The labor and education ministries have previously said they are still studying the matter.

Restrictions, mask obligation

Regarding what is not allowed, CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said that people should generally avoid visiting relatives who have been admitted to the hospital for the past seven days. days following their arrival.

Exceptions to this rule, however, include cases where a person must accompany a relative undergoing surgery, accompany them to the emergency room, intensive care or hospice, or if the relative’s health has rapidly deteriorated, added Lo.

Despite the relaxation of the rules, Wang said arriving travelers will be reminded to comply with Taiwan’s mask mandate, adding that authorities do not rule out imposing fines on people who “intentionally or repeatedly “ignore the rules.

Currently, Taiwanese are required to wear a mask at all times when outside their homes. Exemptions apply only when you are “exercise”, eating, participating in water-related activities and taking individual or group photos.

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