MECO to refund visa fees for Taiwanese hit by Philippine travel ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After the abrupt inclusion of Taiwan in a travel ban for China left hundreds of Taiwanese stranded at Philippine airports, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) a...

Update: Philippines to make final call on Taiwan travel ban by Friday

Update: 02/13 2:27 p.m. Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Angelito Banayo told Taiwan News that the inter-agency task force includes the Philippines' Bureau of Immigration, De...

Taiwan could revoke visa waiver if Philippines doesn't lift travel ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Philippine Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo intends to make a final announcement Friday (Feb. 14) on whether to maintain a ban on Taiwanese traveling to the Philippines ...

2 patients in Russia with COVID-19 have fully recovered

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Chinese nationals hospitalized with COVID-19 in Russia last month have fully recovered from the disease and were discharged from hospitals this week, officials said. ...

Taiwan Stickers help distinguish nationalities amidst China travel bans

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In light of the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, a fear of the Chinese people has emerged in countries around the world, leading many of them to issue travel restrictions on to...

Singapore pushes ahead with air show as virus cases grow

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore is pushing ahead with its air show despite cancellations by dozens of exhibitors and most Chinese participants due to the virus outbreak that has sickened tens of thousands ...

Taiwan has issued 584 gold cards to foreign professionals in 2 years

Taiwan has issued almost 600 gold cards to foreign professionals in two years after the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professional Talent took effect Feb. 8, 2018, the National Dev...

5 Britons with virus hospitalized in France after Alps stay

Five people from Britain, including one child, are hospitalized in France with the new virus from China after contracting it during a holiday in the Alps. Saturday's announcement by ...

Taiwan airport e-Gates closed to foreigners starting today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's e-Gate service has been temporarily closed to foreign visitors as the Wuhan virus continues to spread across the globe. On Wednesday (Feb. 5) the National ...

Maldives police arrests 2 over stabbing of 3 foreigners

MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives police said Thursday they have arrested two persons in the stabbing of two Chinese and an Australian earlier this week in an attack that may have been carried out by Isl...

Taiwan bans foreigners who have visited China, Hong Kong, and Macau

[Last update: 17:15] TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, foreign nationals who have traveled to China, Hong Kong, and Macau in the pre...

Taiwan's new mask-rationing system goes into effect today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In an effort to stem the tide of panic buying, hoarding, and profiteering over face masks amid the Wuhan virus outbreak, the Taiwan government launched a new rationing sys...

Ban on Chinese citizens entering Taiwan starts today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan virus continues to spread across China and the world, a ban on Chinese nationals entering Taiwan went into effect on Thursday (Feb. 6), while Hong Kong and Ma...

Indonesian sentenced to life in prison in bomb plots

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic State group sympathizer to life imprisonment on Wednesday after finding him guilty of plotting bomb attacks against police and Christ...

Unknowns of the new virus make global quarantines a struggle

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health authorities are scrambling to halt the spread of a new virus that has killed hundreds in China. But with important details about the illness and how it spreads still u...