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22 Mar 2020 | 03:19 PM UTC

Taiwan: Government to suspend international transit stops as of March 24 due to COVID-19 /update 11

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Taiwan to suspend the transit of airline passengers through the country as of March 24 due to COVID-19; confirm flight itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/7/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Taipei). COUNTRY/REGION Taiwan

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On Sunday, March 22, Taiwanese authorities announced that all international transit stops at its airports will be suspended effective 00:00 (local time) on Tuesday, March 24, until Tuesday, April 7, to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The directive comes amid the confirmation of 16 new cases of COVID-19 in the country on Sunday.

As of March 19, all foreign travelers have been banned from entering the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exemptions will be made for individuals with residence permits, accredited diplomats, and anyone arriving to carry out commercial contracts. Taiwanese citizens are not barred from entry into the country but must enter a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival.

To date, there are over 160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Further international spread of the virus is to be 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.


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