Taiwan opens to medical tourists

Medical tourists going to Taiwan are now no longer asked to undergo mandatory Covid-19 quarantine.  As of 13 October, inbound arrivals to the country must instead self-monitor for seven days.

While the government has scrapped the requirement for PCR tests for inbound travellers, passengers will receive four rapid test kits on arrival and are advised to test on the day of arrival or the next day.

Travellers seeking to move around during the seven-day self-monitoring period must take a rapid antigen test.

While opening borders to travellers from all countries, the government has also raised the weekly limit for international visitors from 60,000 to 150,000.

On 12 September, Taiwan restored visa-free entry for visitors from 54 countries, including the U.S.A, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand. Later in September, and 11 more countries were included in the visa exemption list, including Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Most past medical tourists came from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan. The existing rules plus China outbound still mostly being banned, will mean that Taiwan will see very few medical tourists in 2022.  But with Hong Kong and Taiwan being seen as part of the Chinese empire, medical tourists from China may be allowed to go there before being allowed to go to other countries.