Taiwan Coronavirus Update

Traveling During Covid-19: A Taiwan Guide

In a typical year, Taiwan is an exciting destination in Asia to visit. Its city’s beautiful skylines, night markets, natural beauty, temples, quirky cafés, and museums draw in visitors worldwide. Taiwan is a destination that everyone should experience at least once.

However, the past few years have not been typical travel years. COVID-19 has impacted travel across the globe. Quarantines, closures, and restrictions have become the new norm in almost every country. Health advice about COVID-19 in continually changing, but we’ve got the latest information for you. 

So, what about Taiwan?

If you’re interested in visiting there, stay tuned. This article will provide an overview of everything you need to know about traveling to Taiwan and COVID-19.

Is It Safe To Visit Taiwan During Covid-19?

Taiwan is one of the most secure places in the world when it comes to COVID-19. The island has done better at curbing COVID-19 than almost any other nation in the world. There have been a total of 9 million COVID-19 cases in Taiwan as of January 6, 2023, with 15,455 deaths from the pandemic. 


As of January 5, 2023, there have only been 9,007,371 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic. 8,547,547 of these people have recovered from the coronavirus.


Taiwan began vaccinating its residents in March of 2021. Taiwan has administered 64,721,772 vaccines as of January 6, 2023. Roughly 91% of the country’s population is now vaccinated. 

General COVID-19 Regulations In Taiwan

As of December 5, 2022, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced that, due to the increase in the number of inbound travelers, it plans to adjust the eligibility criteria for the government’s program to cover the medical expenses of people diagnosed with COVID-19 during their isolation period (based on the nationality/National Health Insurance status at the time of diagnosis). The adjustments about eligibility will take effect on January 1, 2023. 

The government will cover medical expenses related to isolation and treatment of R.O.C. nationals, non-R.O.C. nationals that are enrolled in the NHI program, and employed foreign nationals in Taiwan during their isolation period.

Non-R.O.C. nationals not enrolled in the NHI program will not need to pay their medical expenses during their isolation period if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 in Taiwan.

Taiwan has lifted the face mask mandate for outdoor settings. However, you should still wear a mask if you experience COVID-like symptoms or when social distancing isn’t possible. 


As of January 6, 2023, if you’re entering Taiwan on a direct flight from China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), you must take a saliva-based PCR test on arrival at the airport. 

From January 6 on, if you’re flying from China to Taiwan (including from China to Taiwan transiting through Hong Kong and Macau), you must also present a PCR test taken within 48 hours before boarding your flight or a rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 hours before boarding. 

If you test negative, you can go to your accommodation for 7 days of Self-initiated Epidemic Prevention. If you test positive, you’ll need to isolate and practice self-health management until you test negative, or 7 days have passed since the last day of your isolation period. 

If you’re traveling from locations other than China, you don’t have to do any testing or quarantine, but you will need to undertake 7 days of Self-initiated Epidemic Prevention. The Self-initiated Epidemic Prevention period can take place in a private residence, provided it meets the criteria.


As of January 6, 2023, Taiwan still requires any visitors to the country to do a 7-day self-initiated epidemic prevention. This self-initiated prevention can take place in a home or a residence of a friend or family member that meets the requirement of the one person per room. This rule means you should have a separate bathroom for the self-initiated prevention. 

If a residence for quarantine fails to meet the requirement of one person per room, the arrival can stay at a quarantine hotel but cannot stay at a general hotel. 

Tourism In Taiwan During COVID-19

Within the country, people are free to move about with little to no restrictions and no curfews. Masks are no longer required in public spaces and the tourist experience is intact for those living in Taiwan.


Flights are still running between Taiwan and many international destinations. There are no restrictions on public transportation within the country, and everything is operating on its regular schedule.


Many tours and tourist destinations are still operating in Taiwan with increased safety measures. These protocols include masks and social distancing.


Dining, restaurants, night markets, and street food are open for business. Many places look like they did pre-COVID. There are robust options for those looking to dine out in Taiwan.


Taiwan still has nightlife and celebrations. Most recently, the island held numerous Lunar New Year celebrations. Taiwan even successfully held a famous EDM music festival, ULTRA Taiwan, last November.

Interested In Visiting Us In Taiwan?

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