Taiwan Coronavirus Update: Taiwan Considered Safe to Visit by Foreign Governments
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Taiwan Coronavirus Update

Taiwan Considered Safe to Visit by Foreign Governments

Updated: February 20, 2020

(Updated Daily)

The US and other nations have declared Taiwan ‘Safe to Visit’ during the coronavirus situation in Mainland China. Taiwan continuously ranks as one of the safest countries in the world, and the recent coronavirus outbreak in Mainland China hasn’t changed that. In response to many readers asking about the safety of visiting Taiwan right now, here is some information on the status of travel to “The Heart of Asia”.

Very Few Cases in Taiwan

At the time of our latest update (Feb. 20, 2020), only 24 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Taiwan and most of them are people who visited Mainland China or Hong Kong in January or their immediate family. All of these people are stable* (or already fully recovered and released) and everyone they contacted have been quarantined. With 24 people infected out of 23 million people in Taiwan, you’re currently more likely to get hit by a scooter crossing the street than contract the coronavirus.

A sampling of countries declaring Taiwan safe to travel (as of Feb. 20, 2020) with links to their Taiwan travel advisory pages.

02/16/2020 UPDATE:  There has now been one death in Taiwan attributed to COVID-19 in Taiwan. An elderly man who also had diabetes and Hepitits B succumbed to the combination of ailments on 02/15.

Taiwan Follows US Lead in Safety Precautions

Taiwan has followed America’s lead in strict safety precautions since the outbreak in Mainland China. Taiwan has used thermal scanning of visitors arriving from abroad for a decade, but have made large improvements since the outbreak began. It helps simplify the screening process that there is only one primary international airport in Taiwan.

A few of the safety restrictions in place in Taiwan:

  • All travel to Taiwan from China, Hong Kong and Macau has been banned
  • All people from China, Hong Kong and Macau have been banned from Taiwan
  • All visitors to Taiwan who have visited China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days of any nationality must undergo a 14 day quarantine in Taiwan.

International Flights On Schedule to Taiwan (but Cruise ships banned)

No delays or cancellations of international flights from Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore, etc. to Taiwan. Unlike Mainland China, Taiwan air travel is running smoothly and uninterrupted. Large carriers such as United and Eva Air have direct daily flights to the US and more. Travel to Europe and Canada are equally well serviced. No restrictions internationally on guests returning to their home countries from Taiwan as well.

To prevent the virus from reaching Taiwan, all cruise ships have been rerouted away from Taiwan indefinitely.

Taiwan has Western Style Medical Facilities

Unlike rural Mainland China, Taiwan has been a top destination for medical tourism for decades due to their advanced modern hospitals and doctors trained in the United States. While Taiwan is one of the few tropical/subtropical countries in the world without Malaria and other tropical sicknesses, even if visitors somehow get sick from something, there are great facilities in nearly every region of the country and medical expenses are extremely affordable. All hospitals can also prepare proper paperwork for insurance reimbursement in guests home countries.

Taiwan Appreciates Cleanliness

Having been influenced by the US and Japanese throughout the past century, Taiwan is more similar to Japan in their cleanliness culture and standards than Mainland China. There is no outdoor garbage. Food inspection is commonplace. Homes are typically kept clean and kitchens sterilized. Water treatment is similar to in the US.

Visiting Taiwan

Now is a great time to visit Taiwan. Without tourists from Mainland China, Taiwan’s monuments, museums and national parks are wide open and easier than ever for other international guests to enjoy.

Pics Of The Week! 

(Feb. 7th – Feb. 14th 2020)

Snack time on the Shakadang Trail
Snack time on the Shakadang Trail
Zhuilu Old Trail Views!
Zhuilu Old Trail Views!
Beautiful day in Taroko Gorge
Beautiful day in Taroko Gorge

At Island Life Taiwan Adventures we take the safety and security of visitors from abroad very seriously. We do our absolute best to provide credible and timely information in our travel advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. The content on this page is provided for information only. The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. While we make every effort to give you correct, up to the minute information, it is provided on an “as is” basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Island Life Taiwan, LLC. does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

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February 14, 2020
Hi there, I am visiting Taiwan on 2nd week of March and I am a Singaporean. Will there be any restrictions or quarantine required by the Taiwan Airport?
February 14, 2020
Unless you have visited China, Hong Kong or Macau in the last two weeks you will be just fine. No Taiwan-Singapore restrictions. Come on down to Hualien when you're here and join us! Safe travels.
February 14, 2020
thank you so much! ;D
February 13, 2020
I will be travelling to Taiwan on first march and everyone keep giving me "weird look" when i said i will go to Taiwan..i do contemplate whether or not to cancel. seeing ur post does give some relieve..please keep on update daily so i can shove ur page address to everyone who keep questioning my decision.. really ruin my mood to plan the iternary
February 13, 2020
Happy to help! We will keep it updated. We still have lots of guests coming through from all over the world if that makes you feel better.
February 10, 2020
I already booked my flights for April to visit my family, I have been worrying about should I cancel the trip or not, your information has given me great hope, thank you so much!
Island Life Team
February 10, 2020
Happy to help! We'll keep this updated daily and we have our wonderful tours in Hualien going out daily as well. Come join us when you can!
February 8, 2020
Hi There! This is the best news I've heard so far. I am a solo female traveler from the Philippines and is scheduled to visit Taiwan in Feb. 21-25 this year. It is my birthday travel and I was too worried that my plans will get ruined because of the nCoV outbreak. I've been coordinating with my hotel and tours and was having second thoughts in pursuing my trip. I read news everyday about the nCoV updates in Taiwan and suddenly I landed on you post which is a big factor in my decision making. I'll be visiting Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung and would like to check out Hualien. See you soon Taiwan!
February 8, 2020
Appreciate all the information. Thank you.
February 7, 2020
Thank for the infos!
February 10, 2020
Hi there, first i would to thank you for the info.. See you on Feb 12-16 Taiwan... First timer abroad. From Philippines.. Please update your post day by day.. Thank you God bless.
Marissa and John
February 3, 2020
Thanks for the great information! We'll be visiting Taiwan later this month. Looking forward to it!

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