Taiwan extends ban on tour groups until Aug 31

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Tourism Bureau announced Friday (July 24) the ban on inbound and outbound tour groups would be extended for another month, until Aug. 31. Despite Taiwan'...

Taiwan extends ban on tour groups to July 31

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As countries begin to discuss travel bubbles amid the slowdown of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the ban on inbound and outbound tour groups will nevertheless ...

Taiwan announces five travel subsidy plans to stimulate tourism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) on Monday (June 8) announced five travel subsidy plans, including subsidies for group tours and individ...

The Sea of Galilee is full, but the beaches are empty

JERUSALEM (AP) — After an especially rainy winter, the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel is at its highest level in two decades, but the beaches and major Christian sites along its banks are empty. ...

Taiwan extends ban on tour groups until May 31

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Tourism Bureau on Wednesday (April 8) extended a ban on Taiwanese tour groups traveling overseas and foreign tour groups entering the country by a month, until May 31....

Indonesian who went home for wedding among Taiwan’s new virus cases

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Indonesian woman who returned to her country to attend a wedding was among 18 new Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases confirmed by Taiwan on Saturday (March 21). She ...

More than 1,100 Taiwanese still stuck overseas due to coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 1,100 Taiwanese citizens from 85 tour groups were still stuck overseas as new travel restrictions kicked in Thursday (March 19) to prevent the spread of the Wuh...

Travel agencies to be subsidized amid travel bans: Tourism Bureau

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Tourism Bureau on Wednesday (March 18) ordered all travel agencies in Taiwan to stop receiving foreign travel groups and organizing trips abroad until April 30. The...

Taiwan tourists trapped in Morocco, Peru after sudden border closures due to Wuhan virus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has started dialogues with the governments of Morocco and Peru after the two countries unexpectedly announced border closur...

Alishan in S. Taiwan packed with flower watchers, undaunted by coronavirus fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The charm of cherry blossoms is quelling at least some fears of the novel coronavirus, as exemplified by the occupancy rate of hotels on southwestern Taiwan's Alishan....

Anxiety grips companies across the world as virus spreads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since breaking out of China, the coronavirus has breached the walls of the Vatican. It's struck the Iranian holy city of Qom and contaminated a nursing home in Seattle. ...

Fed survey finds coronavirus impacting parts of US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s latest nationwide survey of business conditions has found that the coronavirus outbreak has begun to impact tourism and disrupt manufacturing chains in parts of...

Taiwan to put travelers arriving from Italy in 14-day coronavirus quarantine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Beginning Friday (Feb. 28), travelers arriving from Italy will have to observe 14 days of quarantine due to the rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Eur...

Arrivals from South Korea to stay in quarantine in Taiwan for 14 days

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Beginning from the morning of Thursday (Feb. 27), all passengers arriving in Taiwan from South Korea will have to self-quarantine at home as a result of the rapidly expand...

Taiwan raises coronavirus travel advisory for Italy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday (Feb. 25) raised its travel advisory for Italy to “orange,” dissuading travelers from visiting the country un...