TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday, Jan. 19 that from Thursday, Jan. 20, passengers arriving from India and Southeast Asian countries must wait at the airport. airport until they receive the results of a PCR test.
Earlier this month, the CECC began requiring passengers arriving on long-haul flights to undergo a PCR test upon arrival. The definition of a long-haul flight at the time was one that came from Europe, the United States, the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia.
If the test result is negative, the passenger may then be transported to their scheduled quarantine facilities. However, if they test positive, they will be taken to hospital for further tests and treatment.
On Wednesday, CECC chief Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced that in light of increasing cases of the Omicron variant in India and Southeast Asia, flights from these locations will be designed as long-haul flights. Therefore, from Thursday, passengers arriving from India and Southeast Asia must also wait at the airport for the results of a government-paid rapid PCR test.
Southeast Asian countries on the list include the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Chen said those who test negative will continue with the entry and clearance process and should take a quarantine taxi to an epidemic prevention hotel or quarantine center.
Those who receive a positive test result will be assigned a member of staff who will ensure they complete the documentation process and then transport them to a hospital, quarantine center or an upgraded version of a prevention hotel. epidemics. The CECC calls on passengers to cooperate with the new entry quarantine procedures.