Taiwan bans all foreigners amid spike in imported cases


Taiwan has indefinitely banned the entry of all foreign visitors, excluding foreign resident permit holders and diplomats, from midnight on Wednesday as part of Covid-19 countermeasures, following a sudden surge in imported cases.

The new restrictions exclude foreign resident permit holders and diplomats, but all people entering Taiwan will have to serve a 14-day home quarantine.

Taiwan shuts borders to foreigners to stem imported Covid-19 cases

The government has also urged its citizens to avoid any non-essential travel.

Taiwan has been lauded by health experts for its successful efforts to stem the spread of the virus since early January, but it is now seeing a sudden spike in cases to 77, mostly from people returning to the island from other countries, especially Europe.

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