Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Taiwan on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When COVID-19 levels in Taiwan were low, every positive case was hospitalised, even asymptomatic cases. Following a recent spike in cases, serious cases will now be hospitalised and less serious, including asymptomatic cases, admitted into a centralised quarantine centre. The decision regarding these arrangements will be made by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and on a case by case basis. Visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Taiwan.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Testing

Any individual who receives a positive PCR test will not be permitted to board the aircraft in Taiwan and will instead be required to complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine in Taiwan. Individuals with mild symptoms will be admitted into a centralised quarantine centre for this period. Any individual with more severe symptoms may be hospitalised. This applies to all nationalities and age groups and is irrespective of the purpose of their intended travel. The decision regarding these arrangements will be made by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and on a case by case basis.

Any individual who receives a positive COVID-19 PCR test will be contacted by their local health bureau who will advise on their mandatory quarantine arrangements. Visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information.

For passengers travelling with children, you should check with your airline before you travel regarding the COVID-19 test requirements.

Public spaces and services

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that starting from 1 March 2022, epidemic prevention measures across Taiwan will now be reviewed on a monthly basis. In line with the CECC’s general guidelines, the Taiwanese authorities have advised that further localised epidemic prevention measures may be introduced in certain cities or counties depending on the COVID-19 situation in each location.

For the month of March, the following measures are now in place:

  • Facemasks should be worn at all times when outdoors. Exceptions are permitted when exercising, consuming food and beverages and when in certain open spaces e.g. forests, mountains and beaches
  • Contact tracing procedures must be completed when entering restaurants, shops and some public places
  • Social distancing must be maintained in public areas
  • Restaurants will permitted to offer dine-in services provided they adhere to Ministry of Health and Welfare regulations
  • Public eating areas in supermarkets, shopping malls and convenience stores are permitted to open
  • Wedding banquets, public funerals and indoor religious activities are now permitted
  • Indoor and outdoor crowd limits and control measures have been discontinued

From 21 January you must present your COVID-19 vaccination record to enter certain entertainment venues, including singing and dancing venues, discos, nightclubs, clubs, hostess bars, pubs, and beauty parlours (tourist parlours and audio-video parlours).

Venues will accept the paper-based “Yellow Card,” vaccination record on the Taiwanese National Health Insurance app, and the Digital COVID-19 Certificate introduced in January 2022. If you’ve been vaccinated in Taiwan you can download this Digital COVID-19 certificate from the Ministry for Health and Welfare’s website.

You should refer to the Taiwan’s Centers for Diseases Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information on the epidemic prevention measures in your area.

Those who breach Taiwan’s epidemic prevention measures may face a fine of up to NTD $1,000,000.

Please refer to the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for further information regarding transport requirements for all passengers arriving in Taiwan from overseas.

Travel in Taiwan

Although there is no lockdown in place, the authorities are encouraging people to limit travel between cities and regions to reduce the risk of COVID spread.

Taxis and public transport systems are operating normally in Taiwan. The wearing of face masks is mandatory on all public transport. If you use public transport and are not wearing a face mask, you may be fined up to NT$15,000.

You should refer to the Taiwan’s Centres for Diseases Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information on the epidemic prevention measures in your area.

Accommodation

All passengers arriving from the UK will be required to complete a mandatory quarantine in Taiwan. See Entry requirements for more information.

For a list of designated quarantine hotels in Taipei, please visit Taipei City Government’s FAQ page. If you are planning to stay in a hotel outside of Taipei, you may need to contact the local authority in that area prior to booking or making final arrangements. For more information and contact details, please visit the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s ‘Taiwan Stay’ website.

Healthcare in Taiwan

If you are in Taiwan and believe you may have been exposed to or may have contracted coronavirus, your first point of contact should be the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) helpline which is 1922. If you are unable to speak to anyone at the CDC you can telephone the British Office, Taipei for support.

For contact details for English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Taiwan.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Taiwan

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country/territory where they live. We will update this page when the Taiwanese authorities announce new information on their vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Taiwan vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Medigen vaccines. British nationals resident in Taiwan are eligible for vaccination.

The Taiwanese authorities have released an online reservation system for booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in Taiwan. Foreign nationals who hold an Alien Resident Card (ARC) and National Health Insurance (NHI) card will be required to complete an online form and provide their contact information to register. Foreign nationals who do not hold a National Health Insurance card will be required to provide their ARC UI number and passport number in order to register. The local health department in the applicant’s area will contact the individual once an appointment has been scheduled. Vaccine priority groups and other criteria will apply.

The Taiwanese authorities have announced that from 7 December 2021, foreign nationals in Taiwan who have overstayed their visa can now apply to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Taiwan. The Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) has confirmed that there will be no repercussions or penalties to foreign nationals in this category that choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine 12 weeks after the date they received their second dose. Vaccine priority groups and other criteria will apply.

The Taiwan Ministry of Labour has prepared an English guide on how to book a COVID-19 vaccination through the official vaccination reservation platform.

In light of the increase of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, the local authorities have announced that reservations for self-paid coronavirus vaccinations for overseas travel purposes, have been suspended until further notice.

Visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website for further information on the vaccine roll-out in Taiwan.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Taiwan, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, see Consular assistance

Monitor the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website for measures that Taiwan is taking to combat coronavirus.