Taiwan Coronavirus Update

Traveling During Covid-19: A Taiwan Guide

In a typical year, Taiwan is an exciting destination in Asia to visit. Its citys’ 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, 2021 is not a typical travel year. COVID-19 has impacted travel across the globe. Quarantines, closures, and restrictions have become the new norm in almost every country.

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. Out of 24 million residents, there have only been ten COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic as of 3/29/2021. That is an impressive number that is unmatched in other places.


As of March 31, 2021, there have only been 1,024 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic. Nine hundred sixty-nine of these people has recovered.


COVID-19 has not overrun hospitals in Taiwan. Taiwanese hospitals are only treating 24 people for this disease at the moment.


Taiwan planned to start vaccinating its residents beginning on March 22, 2021. Taiwan has reached agreements for 1.5 million doses to be available for citizens.

General COVID-19 Regulations In Taiwan

Taiwan has enacted many restrictions throughout the pandemic to keep its cases low.

Here is what traveling to Taiwan looks like during this pandemic:


As of 3/17/2021, some foreign nationals are allowed into Taiwan. However, tourists and social visitors are still not allowed except visitors from Palau.

However, business travelers can now apply for special permission.

Passengers who do not have permanent residency visas must apply for a permit at a Tapei Representative office.


Visitors who are allowed to enter must stay at a quarantine hotel for 14 days when they first arrive, take a COVID test, and fill out a declaration form. These rules apply to all visitors, regardless of vaccine status.

Quarantine hotels provide guests with three meals each day, and people may not leave their rooms during the isolation period. Accommodations are more challenging to find these days because of the increased demand for self-isolation hotels.

Should you test positive for COVID-19, you must stay at a medical facility for further testing and monitoring.

Tourism In Taiwan During COVID-19

Within the country, people are free to move about with little to no restrictions and no curfews. Commercial masks are still mandatory in public places, and failure to comply can result in fines. However, 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, but with the presence of masks. 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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Based in Hualien, Taiwan (adjacent to Taroko Gorge National Park), Island Life Taiwan designs all of our unique daily itineraries to help you discover the rich natural beauty and culture of Taiwan, in the most enjoyable, and most immersive way possible. We’re dedicated to showing you the most amazing locations in eastern Taiwan, while having the most fun and avoiding the crowds. More than just a tour operator and adventure outfitter, our team truly loves showing this awe-inspiring part of the world to our guests, and when you love what you do, it shows.

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