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Guam to allow Taiwanese tourists to visit from July

Returnees have to spend 14 days in quarantine in Taiwan: Health and Welfare Minister

Tumon Bay in Guam 

Tumon Bay in Guam  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The United States territory of Guam will welcome visitors from Taiwan without quarantine beginning in July, but after the travelers return home, they will still face 14 days in isolation, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Saturday (May 30).

As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic slows down, several countries have been trying to revive their moribund tourism industries by announcing an imminent reopening of their borders and airports.

The Pacific island of Guam was the first to say it would allow visitors from Taiwan to arrive, as well as tourists from Japan and South Korea, beginning July 1. However, Chen said that at present, there were no plans to abolish the requirement that travelers arriving from overseas would have to spend 14 days in quarantine, the Liberty Times reported.

While the minister said the decision to allow Taiwanese visitors shows appreciation of the island’s success in battling the pandemic, returnees will still face quarantine measures.

Since Taiwan saw its 48th consecutive day without domestic infections Saturday, several restrictions are expected to be relaxed in early June, but those on international travel have not been discussed yet.