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Shanghai easing virus rules, Hong Kong ending entry ban

BEIJING (AP) — Officials in Shanghai promised Friday to ease anti-virus controls on truck drivers that are hampering food supplies and trade, while Hong Kong's government announced the end of a 2-year...

Ukraine: Mariupol situation remains dire, says Zelenskyy — live updates

EU prepares 'mechanisms' to sanction Russian oil Zelenskyy calls Mariupol situation 'inhuman' Community kitchen in Kharkiv hit by Russian missile This story was last updated at 01:...

Taiwan bans import of pesticide tied to neurological harm in children

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A ban on imports of chlorpyrifos, one of the nation's most common pesticides, took effect on Friday (April 15). The country is set to phase out all pesticide produc...

Taiwan's exclusion from Japan’s list of 106 restriction-exempt countries explained

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan’s government announced on Wednesday (April 6) that it would remove existing travel restrictions for visitors from 106 countries. The list includes the U.S.,...

Australia to lift entry ban for cruise ships after two years

Australia on Tuesday said it would lift its entry ban for international cruise ships next month, effectively ending all major COVID-related travel bans after two years and boosting a tourism industry ...

Small Japan border easing stirs hope, worry for foreigners

TOKYO (AP) — Japan this week will ease tough coronavirus border controls that have been criticized as xenophobic and damaging to the economy. The new rules, however, provide only a slight improvement:...

Kinmen's proposal to open flights with China under review by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Kinmen County government has put forward a proposal to resume cross-strait flights, which the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has said it is reviewing. Taiwan’...

Taiwan looking to open borders to tourists by 3rd quarter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Tourism Bureau on Monday (Feb. 14) announced it is hoping the country will be able to open its borders to tourists by the third quarter. At a press briefing, Touris...

Taiwan opens borders to Filipino, Vietnamese migrant workers today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan officially opened its borders to workers from the Philippines and Vietnam on Tuesday (Feb. 15). Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中)...

Taiwan opens borders to Filipino, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Thai workers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Feb. 7) announced that on Feb. 15 it will launch the next phase of allowing migrant workers from the Philippines, Vie...

Japan's strict COVID rules prompt German firms to rethink business ties

Restrictions on entering Japan that were imposed in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic two years ago continue to damage the operations of German companies in an essential and long-standing m...

2,400 Filipinos willing to pay pre-quarantine costs to open Taiwan's borders

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Over 2,400 Filipino workers who have been stranded since May of last year have signed a petition delivered to the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expr...

Taiwan to reopen borders to Filipino workers 'very soon': MECO

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) on Wednesday (Jan. 12) announced that Taiwan is going to reopen its borders to Filipino workers "very soon." On...

Consultant predicts Taiwan will open borders to Filipinos by April

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A consultant and migration expert predicts that Filipino migrant workers can again begin entering Taiwan sometime between March and April. On Nov. 11, Taiwan lifted the...

Thailand announces more coronavirus curbs after jump in cases

Thailand will extend the suspension of its quarantine waiver programme and bring in new restrictions after a jump in new coronavirus cases linked to the Omicron variant, the government's COVID-19 ...