Taiwan to test travellers from China for COVID-19 from January 1


In response to an increase in cases there, Taiwan will begin testing arrivals from China for COVID-19 on January 1st, the government announced, joining other nations in tightening controls on people entering from China.

All passengers arriving on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, will be required to submit to PCR tests upon arrival, according to Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre.

According to a statement, the government will carry out virus sequencing for travellers from China who test positive for the coronavirus in order to monitor any new coronavirus variants.


According to the centre, those arriving from Hong Kong or Macau are not subject to the measures, which are in effect until the end of January.

It stated that people who test positive will be able to isolate at home.