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Taiwan reopening quarantine-free from 13 October, with self-testing (honour system)

Taiwan makes it official: Mandatory quarantine will end and its borders will reopen to tourists from Singapore and 64 other countries on 13th October.

Up to four self-swab ART tests are required, but none of them are supervised and there is no airport testing.

Last week we reported how Taiwan had outlined a plan to reopen its borders quarantine-free to tourists from Singapore and other visa-free countries, by “around” 13th October 2022, and today the government has confirmed that this date has now been locked in.

The announcement was made by cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng, who said that the date could now be made official thanks to a well-vaccinated population, with the pandemic situation in the country “under control”.

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Taiwan will shift from its current “3 + 4” quarantine scheme to a “0 + 7” programme, under which travellers will no longer need to quarantine and instead will only be subject seven days of self-health monitoring, including taking up to four self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen (ART) tests.

Crucially there is no airport testing on-arrival, you’re simply asked to take regular ART swabs yourself without any reporting obligation, for up to a week.

Quarantine-free arrivals from 13th October

The new “0 + 7” scheme will go into place on 13th October 2022, with the following process replacing the existing “3 + 4” programme.

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Travel to Taiwan
from 13th October 2022

Eligibility & Vaccination
  • Hold one of these 65 nationalities to enter Taiwan visa-free
  • Vaccination is not required.
  • Travel insurance is not mandatory.
  • Tourist stays are limited to 14-90 days, depending on your nationality.
  • Singapore Citizens can visit for 30 days.
  • Initial arrivals cap is 150,000 travellers per week (managed by flight capacity controls).
COVID-19 Tests (travellers aged 2+)
  • No pre-departure test required.
  • Self-administered ART test on the day of arrival (Day 0) or the next day (Day 1).
  • Self-administered ART test within 48 hours of leaving your accommodation, during your first seven days in Taiwan (e.g. on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6).
  • Reporting is not required
Restrictions (first 7 days)
  • Take any mode of transport from the airport to your accommodation.
  • Recommended to stick to “one person per room” with a private bathroom.
  • Isolate in your accommodation if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even with a negative test result.
  • Avoid contact with elderly, vulnerable or immunocompromised people.
  • No dining in large groups or attendance of large gatherings.
  • No hospital visits, avoid visiting long-term care facilities.

  Taiwan Entry Requirements

  Taiwan Arrival Testing

Travellers arriving in Taiwan will no longer be required to make a health declaration on the Quarantine System for Entry before arrival, have a mobile phone with a Taiwanese number.

Eligible travellers (visa waiver)

Taiwan has now reinstated its pre-pandemic list of 65 nationalities eligible for visa-free entry, including those with passports issued in Singapore and Japan.

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Visa-free tourist stays are possible from 14 to 90 days, depending on your nationality, with Singapore citizens eligible to make trips of up to 30 days as tourists.

Visitors from 65 countries can travel to Taiwan quarantine-free and visa-free from 13th October 2022. (Photo: Sam Chang)

The full list of eligible nationalities for visa-free entry into Taiwan, which continues to apply after 13th October 2022 when quarantine-free entry kicks in, is outlined below (click to expand).

Stays of up to 90 days permitted (except where stated) for those holding the following nationalities.

Andorra Malaysia (30 days)
Australia Malta
Austria Marshall Island
Belgium Monaco
Belize (30 days) Nauru (30 days)
Brunei (14 days) Netherlands
Bulgaria New Zealand
Canada Nicaragua
Chile North Macedonia
Croatia Norway
Cyprus Palau
Czech Republic Paraguay
Denmark Philippines (14 days)
Dominican Republic (30 days) Poland
Estonia Portugal
Eswatini Rep. of Korea
Finland Romania
France Saint Lucia (30 days)
Germany Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (30 days)
Greece San Marino
Guatemala Singapore (30 days)
Haiti Slovakia
Honduras Slovenia
Hungary Spain
Iceland St. Kitts and Nevis (30 days)
Ireland Sweden
Israel Switzerland
Italy Thailand (14 days)
Japan Tuvalu
Latvia UK
Liechtenstein USA
Lithuania Vatican City
Luxembourg

Travellers from countries not granted visa exemption in Taiwan will also be allowed to apply for visas to enter the country for regular social visits and tourism purposes.

The ban on tour groups will also be lifted.

Up to four self-ART tests required

All travellers aged two or above arriving in Taiwan will be provided with four ART kits free of charge on arrival at the airport, to be self-administered as follows:

  • ART Test 1: On the day of arrival (Day 0) or the following day (Day 1).
  • ART Tests 2-4: Before leaving your accommodation, you must have a negative ART test result obtained within the last 48 hours. For example, if you tested on Day 0, you would need to test again on Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6, assuming you wish to go out every day.

After first arriving in Taiwan, you should not leave your accommodation before returning a negative ART test result, so for most of our readers taking a leisure trip it will be preferable to conduct the first ART test on Day 0 (arrival day).

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There is no requirement to take a test at the airport itself, as has been incorrectly reported elsewhere.

All tests are entirely self-administered without supervision and negative test results do not need to be reported (honour system).

“The test results will not be recorded. Arriving travelers should follow the Self-initiated Epidemic Prevention Guidelines if they test positive with a rapid test.”

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control
Up to four self-administered COVID-19 ART tests are required on a quarantine-free Taiwan trip

You should immediately use a test kit if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, even if they arise on a “non-testing” day (i.e. you still have a negative test result in the last 48 hours).

Travellers aged under two are not required to take any tests.

You do not need to remain in Taiwan for seven days if you do not wish to, for example if you take a three-night trip you will only complete two tests (e.g. if you arrive on Monday and depart on Thursday, you’ll test on Monday and Wednesday only).

What if you test positive?

If any of your ART tests return a positive result while in Taiwan, you will be transferred to a quarantine hotel room (general hotels are not included), or can remain or at home for self-care and recovery, provided you have no symptoms, or a mild infection.

“Arriving travelers should follow self-initiated epidemic prevention rules which provide what to do if they test positive with a rapid test.”

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control

For severe cases, you will need to be transferred to a hospital.

These arrangements are all at your own expense, so while Taiwan does not mandate travel insurance it’s always a good idea to have a comprehensive policy to cover the cost of such eventualities.

Vaccination is not required

Like many countries in the region, including Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea, Taiwan does not require arriving travellers from overseas to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter quarantine-free.

There are no additional quarantine or testing requirements for passengers who are not fully vaccinated.

Singapore – Taiwan flights (October 2022)

Taiwan was linked to Singapore Changi Airport by 86 direct weekly flights prior to the pandemic, from the major cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung.

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In October 2022 it’s a far cry from those kind of flight volumes, with only 29 direct weekly flights on offer, which means pent-up demand initially looks set to be funnelled on less than half the number of services previously available.

October 2022 flights are shown in the following table.

Singapore – Taipei flights
(October 2022)

Airline / Flight Number Aircraft Days
(ex-SIN)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is China_Airlines-small.png CI753/754 A350-900 Daily
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is EVA_AIR-small.png BR225/226 777-300ER Tue-Fri, Sun
(5/wk)
TR996/997 A320ceo Wed, Fri, Sun
(3/wk)
TR898/899 A320neo Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat
(4/wk)
SQ877/879 787-10 Wed, Fri, Sun
(3/wk)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is JXicon.png JX731/732 A321neo
Mon
(1/wk)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is JXicon.png JX731/732 A330-900neo Tue-Sun
(6/wk)

One of the prime new cabin experiences on this route is currently offered by luxury boutique airline Starlux, which recently upgraded its Changi flights to the new Airbus A330-900neo.

Starlux operates its Airbus A330neo from Singapore to Taipei, except on Mondays when the A321neo is used. (Photo: Airbus)

Pick a Tuesday to Sunday departure with this carrier between now and the end of October, and you can snag the airline’s latest flat-bed Business Class with direct aisle access, or a more roomy seat in Economy in a 2-4-2 configuration, perfect for couples.

Singapore Airlines already plans to restore daily (7/wk) flights to and from Taipei from the start of the northern winter season in November 2022.

In time, we also expect the carrier to reopen its dedicated SilverKris Lounge in Taipei, which has been shuttered since the start of the pandemic.

Singapore Airlines only operates its Boeing 787-10 aircraft to and from Taipei three times per week currently, but this is already slated to return to daily from November 2022. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

In other good news, mask-wearing is already optional on Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights to and from Taiwan, though all other carriers on the Taipei route still enforce a mask mandate.

Redemption rates

Here are the award redemption rates using KrisFlyer miles to redeem on EVA Air flights (Star Award) or Singapore Airlines flights on this route.

KrisFlyer Saver Redemption Rates
SIN to/from TPE
(one-way)
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Saver Advantage
Economy 16,500
16,500
30,000
Premium Economy* n/a
26,500*
n/a
Business 46,000
34,000
50,000

* Premium Economy is not currently offered on SIA’s Singapore – Taipei route, but it has been in the past and could therefore make a comeback.

Some KrisFlyer redemption opportunities are available for quarantine-free Taiwan travel. (Photo: Jimmy Liao)

When you redeem KrisFlyer miles for SIA flights on the Singapore – Taipei route, taxes and fees of S$52.30 are payable.

If you lock in an EVA Air award, you’ll pay S$182.30 on top of your miles outlay, due to the carrier’s hefty fuel surcharge.



 


 

Summary

Taiwan has confirmed that it will reopen its borders quarantine-free on 13th October 2022, a move that follows a relaxation of restrictions in Hong Kong since this week and an exciting reopening in Japan on 11th October 2022.

Arrival in Taiwan is set to be relatively straightforward, with no vaccination or pre-departure test requirements.

You’re simply handed four ART kits for you to self-test on arrival day (or the following day), then you’re asked to do the same before leaving your accommodation for up to a week, if it has been more than 48 hours since your last negative result.

Crucially, there is no testing at the airport itself when you land, and none of the tests are supervised – it’s left down to you.

Taiwan also plans to progressively drop mask-wearing requirements in outdoor and public spaces in the coming weeks, as its latest COVID-19 wave has now peaked, which will further simplify leisure trips to the popular destination.

Will you be planning a Taiwan trip under these new quarantine-free arrangements from 13th October? Let us know in the comments section below.

(Cover Photo: Shutterstock)

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