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Taiwan mulls lifting ban on Indonesian workers if needed

Taiwan is considering lifting the current entry ban on Indonesian migrant workers if demand for workers from the Southeast Asian country requires it, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), said Tuesday.

Due to the continued severity of COVID-19 worldwide, public urged to heighten vigilance, follow preventive measures, and practice personal hygiene

On January 20, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that local cases in Singapore increased slightly recently and that the country continued to report sporadic community-acquired cases that included cluster infections with unknown sources of infection. In consideration of the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Singapore, the CECC has moved Singapore to its list of medium-risk countries/regions from low-risk countries/regions.

7th Automatic 30-Day Visa Extensions Announced for Foreigners who have Legally Stayed for 180 Days or More

Given the continued severity of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, NIA has decided to provide the 7th automatic extension to foreigners who entered Taiwan before or on March 21, 2020, and have not overstayed their allowed duration of stay (including their initial visa and all previous extensions)

CECC will tighten quarantine measures for travelers coming to Taiwan starting from January 15 and make group quarantine facilities available to arriving travelers

On January 6, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that considering that the number of travelers coming to Taiwan would increase as the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, which would increase inbound travelers’ need for places to undergo quarantine, it would make 1,500-2,000 rooms of group quarantine facilities available for travelers entering Taiwan.

Reaching a new milestone with the January 2, 2021 launch of a new UI No. format for foreign nationals, promoted by the National Development Council in coordination with the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior Photos - New Southbound Policy

Reaching a new milestone with the January 2, 2021 launch of a new UI No. format for foreign nationals, promoted by the National Development Council in coordination with the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior

The National Development Council (NDC) has for years past been coordinating a solution to the problem of inconsistency between the numbering of Alien Resident Certificates (ARCs) and the numbering of citizens’ ID cards. Now, at last, this problem will be solved with the introduction of a new uniform identity number (UI No.) format for foreign nationals, consistent with the format of national ID cards, marking a new milestone in creating a friendly environment for foreign nationals in Taiwan.

CECC announces adjustments to regulations for foreign nationals entering Taiwan beginning January 1, 2021, in response to continued spread of COVID-19 pandemic Photos - New Southbound Policy

CECC announces adjustments to regulations for foreign nationals entering Taiwan beginning January 1, 2021, in response to continued spread of COVID-19 pandemic

Given the continued severity of COVID-19 worldwide and in order to secure domestic antipandemic efforts and ensure public health, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announces that beginning January 1, 2021, at 00:00 (local time at the airport of departure), entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for foreign nationals will be tightened.

CECC removes Thailand and Bhutan from its list of medium-risk countries/regions as local cases in the two countries continue to surge

On December 30, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that Bhutan and Thailand continued to report locally-transmitted coronavirus cases. In consideration of the status of the pandemic in the two countries, the CECC has removed Bhutan and Thailand from its list of medium-risk countries/regions, effective immediately.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in Thailand, Bhutan, and Australia; CECC moves the three countries to its list of medium-risk countries from low-risk category

On December 23, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that the coronavirus pandemic continued to spread in Thailand, Bhutan, and Australia. In light of the recent developments regarding the pandemic, the CECC moves Australia, Bhutan, and Thailand to the list of medium-risk countries from the low-risk category, effective immediately.

Taiwan to launch new ID numbering format for foreign nationals in 2021 Photos - New Southbound Policy

Taiwan to launch new ID numbering format for foreign nationals in 2021

A new numbering system for Alien Resident Certificates will take effect Jan. 2, 2021 as part of ongoing government efforts to create a friendly environment for foreign nationals living in Taiwan, the Ministry of the Interior said Dec. 16.

6th Automatic 30-Day Visa Extensions Announced for Foreigners who have Legally Stayed for 180 Days or More Photos - New Southbound Policy

6th Automatic 30-Day Visa Extensions Announced for Foreigners who have Legally Stayed for 180 Days or More

Considering the current state of the global pandemic is still grim, NIA has decided to provide the 6th automatic extension to foreigners who entered Taiwan before or on March 21, 2020, and have not overstayed their allowed duration of stay (including their initial visa and all previous extensions).

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