Taipei, The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday changed the classification of Thailand, Bhutan and Australia from countries with a low risk of COVID-19 to having low-to-moderate risk, citing a rise in domestic cases in those places.
The reclassification means that business travelers from the three countries will have to go into quarantine for slightly longer than they were previously required to upon arrival in Taiwan, although they can still enjoy shorter quarantine periods than regular travelers.
According to the CECC, Thailand’s central Samut Sakhon Province has recently seen a surge in domestic cases. As nearby regions such as Bangkok have also reported cases, it means that the disease could be spreading even further, which is why the country’s designation has been changed.
In Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, locally transmitted cases with no clear source of infection have been reported in the past week, the CECC said, while in Australia, 90 cases related to a cluster infection at two beach resorts were recently recorded.
In Taiwan, business travelers from countries deemed to be at low-to-moderate or low-risk for COVID-19 can apply to be quarantined for fewer than the normal 14 days, as long as they take a self-paid COVID-19 test at the end of the quarantine period and it comes back negative.
Those from low-risk countries can apply to have their quarantines lifted on the fifth day after their arrival, while those from low-to-moderate risk countries can do so after seven days.
The updated list published by the CECC on Wednesday classified 13 countries and regions as low-risk — New Zealand, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Laos, Nauru, Timor-Leste, Mauritius, Vietnam, the Marshall Islands, Singapore and Cambodia.
It listed Thailand, Bhutan, and Australia as being of low-to-moderate risk.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel