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Taiwan reduces quarantine for overseas travelers to 3 days

Beijing, Jun 15 (EFE).- Taiwan reduced Wednesday the mandatory quarantine for overseas travelers from seven days to three although they will need to monitor their health for another four days after that.

Before arriving in Taiwan, not yet open to non-resident foreigners, travelers will be required to submit a negative PCR test taken within two days prior to departure, according to the island’s Center for Disease Control.

Upon arrival, they will be required to undergo another PCR test and given two rapid test kits before going to their place of quarantine, the CDC added in a statement on its website on Saturday.

The travelers can use the test kits when symptoms occur during quarantine and before they go out for the first time during the self-initiated four-day epidemic prevention period.

Those arriving could go to their quarantine location in taxis designated by the authorities or be picked up by relatives, friends, companies or organizations complying with prevention protocols.

Travelers will be required to undergo quarantine in a designated hotel or at home under the “one person per residence” rule.

Since the start of the pandemic, Taiwan has reported almost 3 million Covid-19 cases and 4,280 deaths.

In April, the island, with a population of 24 million, began to ease Covid-19 restrictions in order to live with the virus, which has caused a surge in cases in recent months.

Its strategy contrasts with that of China, which continues to stick to a strict zero-Covid-19 policy amid outbreaks linked to the omicron variant for more than three months which led to a two-month lockdown of the 26 million inhabitants of Shanghai. EFE

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