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14-day quarantine set for Taiwan arrivals from Dubai and 27 EU countries

Even transiting through Dubai is enough to fall under the new measures, according to CECC's new rules

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A traveler at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport 

A traveler at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Arrivals from 27 European countries and Dubai will have to spend 14 days in quarantine beginning March 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Saturday (March 14).

Individuals who do not have a home in Taiwan can stay at official quarantine centers in return for payment, according to a CNA report. In the other direction, travel advisories for the 28 countries were raised to the "warning" level, which advises Taiwanese citizens to reconsider traveling there.

The 27 European countries to fall under the new measures are the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Greece and the three Baltic states Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Italy already features on the list, and the CECC emphasized that travelers transiting through Dubai are also subject to the new regulation, CNA reported.

The three new coronavirus cases Taiwan announced earlier Saturday had all visited European countries, and one was a citizen of the Netherlands. The CECC said that if the number of virus cases is compared to the overall population, the situation in European countries is more serious than in the United States, making the new measures necessary.