In response to the discovery of Taiwan’s first imported case of the new mutant coronavirus strain which emerged in the UK, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it will ban arrivals from foreigners on Jan. 1, 2021, with a few exceptions.
A new strain of the virus, identified as B.1.1.7, has reared its head in the U.K. and been found to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the original virus that came out of Wuhan, China, last year. On Wednesday, Health Minister and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung said that a male passenger in his teens on the flight from London that arrived on Sunday (Dec. 27), Case No. 792, has tested positive for the new strain of the virus.
In an effort to prevent the spread of the highly contagious strain of the coronavirus, Chen announced on Wednesday that effective Jan. 1, foreign visitors will be barred from entering Taiwan, with the exception of resident visa holders, diplomats, businesspeople with special entry permits, and spouses and children of Taiwanese citizens, those who are approved for entry under humanitarian considerations, and other persons with special entry permits. The same rules apply to persons from Hong Kong, Macau, and China.
Starting on Jan. 15, prior to boarding a flight to Taiwan, passengers must present proof that an approved quarantine facility has been arranged, such as a quarantine center or official quarantine hotel. The quarantine facility may only contain one person.
All passengers must also provide negative results of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)tests for the coronavirus within three days of their flight.
In addition, Taiwan will put an end to transit flights through the country’s airports on Jan. 1.
Source: Taiwan News