HK, Macau residents to face stricter entry rules from Friday

Taipei (CNA) Taiwan announced the suspension of the issuance of entry permits on arrival and the online processing of entry permits for Hong Kong and Macau residents beginning Friday.

This is due to the worsening of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) epidemic in the two special administrative regions of China and its adjacent province of Guangdong, Chiu Chui cheng (???), spokesman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said at a press conference Thursday.

On Wednesday, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) raised its epidemic alert for Hong Kong and Macau to the second level in its three tier warning system, as signs of community transmission appeared in Hong Kong and a casino worker was confirmed infected with the virus in Macau.

A resident of Hong Kong and Macau who needs to visit Taiwan for urgent reasons can still apply for a Taiwan entry permit in person at the counter of the MAC liaison office in the two Chinese special administrative regions, Chiu said.

However, the applicant must present an Entry and Exit Record issued by the Hong Kong or Macau government, proving that he or she has not traveled to mainland China over the past 14 days, he said, adding that Hong Kong or Macau residents who live abroad can also apply for a Taiwan entry permit over the counter at any Taiwan representative office.

Hong Kong and Macau residents, whether they were issued a valid Taiwan entry permit prior to Feb. 7, hold a valid Taiwan resident certificate, or are coming from countries or regions other than Hong Kong and Macau, should remain quarantined at home for 14 days, according to Chiu.

In addition, all mainland Chinese, as well as foreigners who have visited or resided in China, Hong Kong or Macau over the past 14 days, are temporarily barred from entering Taiwan, Taiwan authorities announced earlier.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel