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Taiwan: lifts travel ban for 13 countries

Taiwan has announced that international students from Laos and Cambodia will be added to the list of countries exempted from the Covid-19 travel ban, bringing the total number of nationalities permitted to enter the country up to 13.

TaiwanMost international students in Taiwan come from other Asian countries. Photo: Pixabay

63,000 international students were in Taiwan at the end of 2019

Restrictions against Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Thailand and Vietnam were lifted earlier this month. Returning students are required to go through quarantine, including staying at an off-campus epidemic prevention hotel.

“The MOE will also continue to examine the entry quarantine situation of overseas students”

“The MOE will regularly request the CECC [Central Epidemic Command Center] to provide an updated list of ‘low-risk countries and regions’ that can be allowed to enter the ROC (Taiwan), and then implement relevant operations of arranging overseas students to enter the ROC (Taiwan) in orderly batches,” said the Ministry of Education in a statement.

“In addition, the MOE will also continue to examine the entry quarantine situation of overseas students, and then evaluate the relaxation of other entry targets in order to ensure the safe and orderly return of overseas students to the ROC (Taiwan) to study under the premise of giving priority to epidemic prevention.”

According to the MOE, 63,000 international students were hosted in Taiwan at the end of 2019, up from almost 57,000 in 2018/19.

An annual survey from the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) revealed that 85.6% of international students come from elsewhere in Asia.

Over a third of international students were said to be overseas Chinese, including those from Hong Kong and Macau, with a further 4.7% from the Chinese mainland.

The survey also looked at students’ motivations for studying in Taiwan, with 41% citing the country’s “freedom and openness”, 34.5% scholarship opportunities and 33.6% tuition costs, while 28% chose Taiwan because they said the culture was easy to adapt to.

Of those surveyed, 35.7% said language barriers also caused difficulties. Less than 5% of international students in Taiwan are language students, although 87.6% of those surveyed considered learning the language important.

More than four out five students said they wished to work in Taiwan after graduating.

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5 Responses to Taiwan: lifts travel ban for 13 countries

  1. If I am willing to submit a negative covid test before boarding a flight to Taiwan and on arrival In Taiwan as well as undergo the required quarantine, then Why On earth would they not let me in? Just because My passport says United States? DUMB

  2. who is going to be traveling even if the ban is lifted? last thing i want to do is jump on a plane and catch covid. lets also not forget that people are now broke, and jobless, so where they going to get the money to travel?

  3. My name SINAT I am from Cambodia, my question is when i arrived in Taiwan, i have to quarantine 14 days. how much of money i have to pay ?

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