Relaxed precautionary rules for arrivals, hospital visits

Driving Permit:
Patients and hospital visitors will be able to undergo expedited testing prior to admission, while those arriving can be moved to private residences for “self-disease prevention.”

Starting yesterday, the government has adjusted some of its COVID-19 policies, from traveler arrival and quarantine procedures to hospitalization screening measures and rapid test distribution.

Here are the changes:

Arrival can drive

Photo: CNA

Arriving travelers can park their cars in designated airport parking lots before departing for international travel and drive to the quarantine site after returning home.

After arriving in Taiwan, those who plan to drive should follow the signs at the airport to the designated parking lot, pay the parking fee, and then proceed directly to the quarantine location.

Designated parking lot:

‧ Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport: Terminal 1 Parking Lot 2, Terminal 2 Parking Lot 4

‧ Taipei International Airport (Songshan Airport): Outdoor parking lots 1 and 2

‧ Kaohsiung International Airport: International Terminal (Zone C, D)

‧ Taichung International Airport: B1 parking lot

Quarantine relaxation

After entering Taiwan, travelers must follow the principle of “one person per residence” and must quarantine in a quarantine hotel or private residence for three days.

Starting yesterday, you may be moved to an apartment after 3 days of isolation and undergo 4 days of “self-prevention”. Permission to change location is not required, but guests must use a separate bathroom on a “one person per room” basis for four days.

However, in order to prevent self-disease, it is not possible to stay in a non-quarantine hotel.

hospital regulations

Patients admitted to the hospital and their visitors will have the option of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen, plus an at-home COVID-19 rapid test to complete mandatory testing upon entering the facility. You have the option to use test.

In emergencies, patients receive a free PCR test or rapid antigen test before admission.

In non-urgent cases, patients should undergo a free rapid at-home test on the day of admission or a free PCR or antigen test at the hospital within 2 days of admission.

Patients are allowed only 1 designated visitor and must undergo a quick test at home on the day they are scheduled to be admitted.

test ration

The fifth round of the government’s rapid test kit distribution scheme began yesterday. You can purchase up to 2 packs of 5 tests by presenting your National Health Insurance (NHI) card or alien residency certificate. The charge is NT$500 per pack.

Rapid test packs are available at over 4,000 insurance pharmacies and health centers.

Free test for seniors

Starting this month, people over the age of 65 can claim five free rapid COVID-19 tests by showing their health insurance card at a health insurance pharmacy.

The policy is intended to protect older people amid an expected spike in COVID-19 cases caused by Omicron subspecies BA.5 of SARS-CoV-2 this and next month.

The Central Epidemic Command Center yesterday reported 34,118 new infections and 36 deaths.

The ages of the deceased ranged from 20s to 90s. All but three had chronic illnesses, and 16 had not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CECC.

CECC also reclassified 36 cases to severe and 118 to moderate. Of the 5,265,539 domestic infections recorded this year, 10,575 were classified as severe and 13,473 as moderate, accounting for 0.20% and 0.26% of the total, respectively.

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