The CECC announces the opening of the border to foreigners on Monday
People no longer need to wear a mask when riding a bicycle, motorcycle or scooter, or when working in an open outdoor space
By Lee I-chia / Staff Report
Foreign nationals visiting Taiwan for six purposes will be allowed entry from Monday next week, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced yesterday, adding that people would no longer be required to wear masks when doing riding a bicycle or scooter, or when working in an open outdoor area, with immediate effect.
Consular Affairs Bureau deputy director Chou Chung-hsing (周中興) said the six goals are volunteer work, missionary work, religious studies, internships, international exchanges and foreigners on working holidays. .
Foreign nationals, excluding residents of Hong Kong or Macao, who plan to visit Taiwan for these six purposes can prepare the required documents and apply for a visa at their country’s consular office from next Monday. , did he declare.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times
Foreigners eligible for working holiday visas are limited to those from countries with reciprocal working holiday or youth exchange agreements with Taiwan, Chou said, adding that Taiwan has agreements with 17 countries and most have already. allowed entry to Taiwanese, so they are included in the expanded eligibility based on the principles of equality and reciprocity.
There were approximately 10,000 people in the six categories visiting Taiwan each year before the COVID-19 pandemic, so given the current inbound traveler cap of 40,000 people per week, allowing entry to these people should still be manageable, he said.
Meanwhile, Vice Minister of Health and Welfare Victor Wang (王必勝), who heads the CECC, announced that nationwide mask regulations have been relaxed slightly.
The changes include no longer requiring people to wear a mask when riding a bicycle, scooter or motorbike, or when working in an open outdoor space, Wang said, adding that an open space means that the individual can keep a safe social distance from strangers and an example would be construction workers.
When asked if people should always wear a mask when walking, Wang said taking a walk can be considered exercise, so wearing a mask is not mandatory.
He also announced that Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Chern-chyi (陳正祺) and Vice Minister of Transport and Communications Chen Yen-po (陳彥伯) have joined the CECC team as deputy chiefs to help the center in policies regarding resource readiness, economic revitalization, tourism development, hotel management, crowd flow, and logistics.
Centers for Disease Control Director General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), head of the CECC’s disease surveillance division, said 26,779 new local infections and 367 imported cases were reported yesterday, along with 37 deaths. .
The number of cases is slightly lower than on Tuesday last week, but imported cases have gradually increased over the past five weeks, which mirrors the trend in other countries and could be due to the easing of coronavirus measures. border control, Chou said, adding that the death toll is the lowest since May 16 and I hope the number will continue to drop.
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