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Taiwan scraps post-arrival COVID-19 testing from 7 February

Taiwan will no longer require any COVID-19 testing for international travellers, dropping its four post-arrival swabs from 7th February 2023.

Back in October 2022, Taiwan reopened its borders to foreign tourists and returning residents without quarantine and with no vaccination requirements, having maintained strict border controls for two and a half years during the COVID-19 pandemic.


While the process to enter the country since then has been a straightforward one, travellers are still provided with four free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits on arrival at the airport, which they are then expected to use to obtain a negative result before leaving their accommodation for the first time, and every 48 hours thereafter, during the subsequent seven days.

Reporting of the results is not required, so it has effectively been an ‘honour system’.

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

Now we’re happy to report that there’s more good news for those planning Taiwan trips in the weeks and months ahead.

Post-arrival testing scrapped from 7th February

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has now announced that from 7th February 2023, inbound travellers will no longer be subject to taking self-swab ART tests every 48 hours before leaving their place of accommodation during the initial seven-day arrival window.

Instead, those arriving at the airport will be provided with one free ART kit. This only needs to be used if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your first seven days in the country.


If you require additional rapid tests and you didn’t bring any spares along, you can simply purchase them at pharmacies or convenience stores.

The CECC will remove the requirements that arrivals should take a rapid test on the day of arrival or the first day of their self-initiated prevention period and provide a negative test result taken within two days before going out. The CECC has made a change to the rule on when to use rapid tests. Arrivals will only need to “take an at-home rapid test when they develop symptoms during their self-initiated prevention period.”

In line with these adjustments to relevant COVID-19 measures, starting 00:00 on February 7 (scheduled arrival time), the number of free rapid tests offered to arrivals will be changed to one.

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control

On-arrival PCR testing for travellers arriving on direct flights from China, and pre-departure testing for those arriving from China via Hong Kong or Macau, will also be scrapped on the same day.

According to the CECC, these relaxations can now be made since no new variant of concern has been detected among arriving travellers, who represent only around 0.4% to 2.2% of new daily cases across Taiwan.

Arrival cap scrapped

Back in December 2022, Taiwan also hiked its weekly inbound international passenger arrival cap from 150,000 to 200,000, around 40% of pre-pandemic arrival volumes.

This cap was completely removed on 10th December 2022, allowing Taiwan to progress towards pre-COVID international passenger arrival volumes of around 500,000 per month, and even beyond that if demand warrants.

Taiwan entry process

Here’s the latest process you’ll follow when travelling to Taiwan from Singapore or any other country from 7th February 2023.

Travel to Taiwan

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.
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).
  • Self-administered ART test only if you develop COVID-19 symptoms in the first 7 days of arrival.
  • 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 Arrival Testing (current)

  Taiwan Arrival Testing (from 7 Feb)

Mask wearing relaxed

Despite reopening its borders in October 2022, Taiwan retained a strict mask-wearing mandate both indoors and outdoors in public.

Since 1st December 2022, people are no longer required to wear masks in outdoor settings, though face coverings are still required indoors, at hospitals, and on public transport.

Mask-wearing in outdoor settings is already optional in Taiwan. (Photo: Jimmy Liao)

A further easing of mask-wearing rules across Taiwan is due to be published later this week.

Taiwan does not impose mask-wearing requirements on flights, so all Singapore Airlines and Scoot services to and from the country are happily mask-optional.


However, do be aware that local carriers like China Airlines, EVA Air and Starlux are still imposing their own mask-wearing edicts at the time of writing, requiring masks to be worn onboard when not eating or drinking.

Singapore – Taiwan flights

Based on schedules in January 2020, there were around 24,000 passenger seats per week offered by five airlines from Singapore to Taiwan, including to Taipei and Kaohsiung.

For the first week in February 2023, around 20,200 seats are on offer, already 84% of pre-COVID volumes.

Singapore – Taipei
Flight capacity
(2023 vs. 2020)

Airline Weekly Seat Capacity from SIN
Jan 2020 Feb 2023 Change
China Airlines 4,614 3,402
EVA Air 4,662 4,522 3%
Jetstar Asia 1,980 0 100%
Scoot 8,048 7,812 3%
Singapore Airlines 4,718 2,359 50%
Starlux 0 2,079 n.m.
All Carriers 24,022 20,174 16%

In terms of Singapore-based carriers, currently SIA offers a daily Boeing 787-10 service to and from Taipei, alternating between SQ876/877 and SQ878/879 flights on different days.

Flights will be hiked to 10 per week from April 2023 and then back to the pre-COVID level of 14 per week from June 2023, which will also hopefully allow the airline to reopen its SilverKris lounge at the airport.

Scoot has a far greater presence on the route, with 24 weekly flights using Airbus A320neo, Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, all of which continue to either Tokyo, Sapporo or Seoul.

Jetstar has yet to return to the Singapore – Taipei market, having offered 11 services per week on the route prior to the pandemic, with 180-seat Airbus A320s.


Aside from Jetstar, as you can see from the table it’s Singapore Airlines that is currently taking the biggest capacity cut on Taipei flights compared to pre-COVID, so we’re happy to see a restoration to twice daily Boeing 787-10 flights by the carrier in the months ahead.

Unfortunately Starlux’s new Airbus A350 cabins aren’t set to make an appearance on the Singapore route, with recent confirmation that Bangkok, Macau and Tokyo will be the regional test-bed cities for the new type, ahead of long-haul services between Taipei and Los Angeles from April.

Starlux Airbus A350 long-haul Busienss Class, sadly not coming to the Singapore route. (Image: Starlux)

Meanwhile the carrier operates its Airbus A330-900neo on Singapore flights, which already offers direct aisle access flat-bed seats in Business Class and could be a good alternative to SIA’s Regional Business Class product.

Redeeming KrisFlyer miles to Taiwan

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

KrisFlyer Saver Redemption Rates
SIN to/from TPE
Saver Advantage
Economy 16,500
Premium Economy* n/a
Business 46,000

* 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.

With only one daily flight currently on offer, Saver award space in Business Class on Singapore Airlines is very hard to secure in the coming months, with many periods seeing only waitlist Advantage rates.

When you redeem KrisFlyer miles for SIA flights on the Singapore – Taipei route, taxes and fees of S$59.20 are payable.

EVA Air Business Class on the Boeing 777-300ER, used on Singapore services. (Photo: The Shutterwhale)

If you lock in an EVA Air award, you’ll pay S$189.20 on top of your miles outlay, due to the carrier’s hefty fuel surcharge.




Taiwan relaxed its strict border policy in October this year, and is already seeing over 90,000 weekly international arrivals, close to 20% of pre-COVID levels.

From 7th February 2023, there will no longer be any post-arrival testing requirement for international travellers, with a single ART kit provided only for use if you develop symptoms within seven days.

The weekly arrival caps have also been abolished, hopefully allowing more international flights to be added, with China Airlines recently doubling down on its Singapore – Taipei services and SIA planning a return to pre-COVID frequencies and capacity by June 2023.

Trips to Taiwan are also less onerous in terms of mask-wearing requirements, with a removal of the mandate for outdoor settings already in place since 1st December 2022, and further relaxations in the pipeline.

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