Open Society Foundations (OSF) Award $1.1 Million Grant to Afrobarometer to Spur Future GrowthRead more The annual Global Impact Conference 2022 brings together visionary business leaders to revolutionize educational systems and inspire collaborative actionRead more APO Group announces content partnership with Pan-African broadcaster VoxAfricaRead more MainOne, an Equinix Company’s MDXi Appolonia Achieves Tier III Constructed Facility certification (TCCF), Now Most Certified Data Center in GhanaRead more United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warns rising tide of hunger, insecurity, and underfunding worsening gender-based violence risksRead more The Royal Thai Embassy presents the cultures of Thailand at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Festival in KenyaRead more Climate change is the biggest global threat, young people in Africa and Europe tell European Investment Bank (EIB), Debating Africa and Debating EuropeRead more $2 million in prizes awarded at Conference of the Parties (COP27) to African youth-led businessesRead more Africa and Europe’s top business and public sector leaders gather to chart Africa’s economic rebirthRead more The Thai delegation’s active participation at the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in KigaliRead more

Taiwan fully reopens borders after 2.5 years of pandemic restrictions

show caption
Print Friendly and PDF

Oct 13, 2022 - 12:52 PM

ISTANBUL (AA) – Taiwan on Thursday fully reopened its borders to international travelers after a break of two-and-a-half years due to COVID-19 pandemic-driven restrictions.

Two tourist groups from Thailand were first to check in at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport past midnight on Thursday.

It has been the first group of tourists since the beginning of 2020 when the pandemic overwhelmed the world, the official news agency Focus Taiwan reported.

Taiwan had imposed severe restrictions on the entry of international travelers to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Victor Wang, head of Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center, and Tourism Bureau Director-General Chang Shi-chung greeted the arriving visitors with face masks and travel pillows.

“COVID-19 has made cross-border travel a near-impossibility over the past two-and-a-half years, and the reopening of borders presents an opportunity to revive and rebuild the market,” Chang said.

He said the government will help the “local tourism industry restore revenue from cross-border tourism to pre-COVID levels while expressing hope that workers who had to leave the tourism industry during the pandemic could return to the sector soon.”

The self-ruled island has reported nearly 7 million COVID-19 cases including over 11,600 deaths, according to the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.