Taipei, A total of 60 Taiwanese nationals who had been stuck in the United Arab Emirates due to the COVID-19 pandemic returned to Taiwan on an Emirates flight Saturday.
The plane touched down at Taoyuan International Airport at around 7:11 p.m. after departing from Dubai International Airport in the morning.
After entering Taiwan, the passengers will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days, in compliance with government regulations on travelers returning from overseas.
Earlier on Saturday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said the Emirates flight was arranged through its representative office in the UAE to help bring Taiwanese nationals home.
On March 25, the Gulf state announced that it was halting all flights to and from the country in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
One-time flights, however, were still allowed to help transport foreign nationals to their respective countries.
The Dubai-based airline temporarily suspended its daily Dubai-Taoyuan flight starting on March 16.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel