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Taiwan announces more details on 'strolling,' scooter mask rules

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (July 20) provided more clarification on the new mask regulations. During a press conference that after...

Taiwan ends mask rule for scooter riders, cyclists, and outdoor workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (July 19) announced it will end the mask requirement for scooter riders, cyclists, and people working in outdoor open...

Taiwan ends pre-entry PCR rule for citizens, residents

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) ended its pre-flight polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test requirement for returning Taiwan citizens, residents, and con...

Taiwan to end 2-day PCR rule for returning citizens, foreign residents on July 14

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (July 7) announced that it will discontinue the two-day PCR rule for returning Taiwan citizens, residents, ...

Taiwan weighs ending PCR rule for travelers from low-risk countries

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is considering discontinuing the PCR test requirement for arrivals from low-risk countries, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). Prior to a M...

Taiwan ends vaccine mandate for tour groups

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Tourism Bureau on Monday (June 20) announced that it is ending the requirement that domestic tour group participants receive three doses of COVID vaccines and...

Japan eases foreign tourism ban, allows guided package tours

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday eased its borders for foreign tourists and began accepting visa applications, but only for those on guided package tours who are willing to follow mask-wearing and other a...

Taiwan to shorten quarantine for arriving passengers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is planning on shortening the length of the current seven-day mandatory quarantine for passengers arriving from overseas. Dur...

Taiwan to announce eased border restrictions in June

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (May 27) said it will announce new, relaxed border restrictions in June as Taiwan's infection rate of 6% ...

Migrant workers arriving in Taiwan can now skip 7-day self-health management

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Labor (MOL) on Thursday (May 26) announced that arriving migrant workers will from Friday (May 27) no longer have to undergo seven days of self-health mana...

Recovered COVID cases in Taiwan can avoid contact quarantine for 3 months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that people who have contracted COVID in Taiwan do not to be listed as contacts of cases for three months and can ...

Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time sinc...

China calls WHO chief 'irresponsible' for saying zero-COVID strategy 'not sustainable'

China hit back on Wednesday against what it called "irresponsible" comments by the head of the World Health Organization, who described the country's uncompromising and increasingly pain...

Asian Games in China postponed over spread of COVID-19

Less than three months after Beijing hosted the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the Olympic Council of Asia said Friday that this year's Asian Games are being postponed because of concerns over t...

Taiwan eyes end to home isolation for COVID contacts in June

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) predicts that COVID cases in Taiwan will peak in May and plans to end home isolation for fully vaccinated and boosted contacts o...