Taiwan to pursue travel bubbles with Australia and New Zealand

Taiwan eyes bubble discussions with Australia and New Zealand, nears closure of Palau deal

Sydney Opera House in Australia. (Pixabay photo)

Sydney Opera House in Australia. (Pixabay photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday (Oct. 13) that Taiwan will pursue travel bubbles with Australia and New Zealand after the neighboring nations agreed to allow mutual quarantine-free tourism.

In response to the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble, which is expected to partially open on Friday (Oct. 16), MOFA Spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said during a press conference that Taiwan will pay attention to the development and push for its own travel arrangements with the two countries. She said Taiwan's overseas offices will also continue to negotiate with local authorities to implement "safe bubble economies" in the coming months, reported UDN.

In a media interview at the Legislative Yuan, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) also confirmed that a travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau will likely take shape. He said the Pacific nation has not recorded any coronavirus infections and is considered rather safe, reported New Talk.

MOFA had previously revealed that a safe bubble economy with Palau would entail bilateral flights and border reopenings for tour groups from both sides. Under the proposal, all travelers would be required to present a negative result from a coronavirus PCR test before arrival but could be exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement.