Taiwan Will Request Covid Test for Visitors Arrivals from China on January 1

Taiwan announced on Wednesday that beginning January 1, visitors from China will be required to test for Covid-19 upon arrival. Taiwan has joined other countries in tightening controls on people coming from China.

According to Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre, all travelers coming by direct flight from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, would be subjected to PCR tests upon arrival.

The government will also track new coronavirus variations by performing virus sequencing on persons who arrive from China and test positive for the disease.

The measures, in effect until the end of January, will not affect travelers arriving from Hong Kong or Macau.

Those who are confirmed to have the infection could opt to isolate themselves at home, the center said.

The decision follows tighter regulations on Chinese tourists issued by Japan, India, and the U.S. within the past day due to an increase in infections in China.