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.

COVID-19 CASES IN TAIWAN

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.

HOSPITALS

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

VACCINE

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:

WHO CAN ENTER

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.

QUARANTINE PERIOD

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.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

TOURS/TOUR SITES

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

RESTAURANTS

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.

NIGHTLIFE

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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Shihtiping

Taiwan’s Coastal Spectacular

At first glance, the word Shihtiping (Shi-tee-ping) may invoke chuckles from those English speakers among us, and yet in the language of the locals, the name perfectly describes the spectacular landscape of this stretch of mesmerizing Eastern Taiwan coastline. Meaning “stone steps” in Mandarin, millions of years of natural erosion and massive tectonic upheaval along the seacoast have created exactly that. A stunning natural stone staircase, rising to the sky and descending down into the azure sea below.

In this magical place where nature has created such amazing scenery, life thrives. Both in the abundant sea creatures in Shihtiping’s tidal pools and coral reefs, but also in the Amis tribespeople who live a traditional Taiwanese lifestyle in rustic villages along this enchanting shoreline. This is Shihtiping.

What is Shihtiping?

Shihtiping is a geologically unique coastal region in the Eastern part of Taiwan that has remained well preserved and culturally traditional, despite recent tourist interest. This Hualien County must-see consists of a sprawling geologic nature park, a vast marine preserve, a quaint village, a fishing harbor, and clusters of fisherman’s homes along the coastline. The people who live in this area are primarily of the indigenous Amis tribe, and most of them make a living as fishermen or craftsmen. Smoked flying fish is one of many delicious local specialties of the area and can be had at several haunts along the shore.

While there, curious visitors can witness the grandiose sweeping scenery, while taking in the everyday life of Shihtiping area residents as they go about their daily lives; a weather-worn fisherman praying silently for a good catch as he walks along the beach, a woman sweeping out her house, children laughing and splashing in the shallows. Although the modern world has rolled in on tour buses over the years, traditional life still goes on in this misty coastal enclave.

Geology of Shihtiping

Shihtiping is both a place of geologic curiosities and picturesque natural beauty. The settled area outside of the park lies on a green plateau between rolling verdant mountains and the sea, where the rich volcanic soil has created the perfect environment for a lush, green landscape.

The natural stone steps meanwhile are a result of ages of erosion in the limestone and the continued collision of the Eurasian Tectonic Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. The same erosive processes have created innumerable tidal pools and bizarre crater-like holes along the coast. This is the perfect environment for coral reef and marine life, drawing anglers, divers and scientists alike to the area.

There are few places in the world that boast such magnificent views and striking scenery. Gaze along the horizon to the point where the mountains meet the sea for a view unlike anything you’ve ever imagined.

Visiting Shihtiping

Island Life Taiwan leads awesome tours to Shihtiping as part the very popular East Coast Explorer tour. Tasting local delicacies, visiting beaches and hidden spots, and of course spending a good amount of free time exploring beautiful Shihtiping!

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About Island Life Taiwan

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.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us and let us help you pick the tour or adventure that’s right for you!

We Hope You Enjoy Your Visit!