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China and transiting through Hong Kong or Macao must provide COVID-19 test results (C/1-1)

On January 3, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that there was a surge in domestic COVID-19 cases in China. In addition to mandatory saliva-based PCR tests for passengers arriving on direct flights from China, the CECC announced today that, from January 6-31, 2023 (scheduled flight arrival time), passengers arriving in Taiwan on flights originating from China and transiting through Hong Kong or Macao must present a PCR test within 48 hours prior to boarding their flight at their place of departure or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of boarding.


The CECC has stated that the governments of Hong Kong and Macau have implemented relevant quarantine regulations for travelers arriving from China. The Hong Kong government has mandated that travelers arriving from China must present a PCR test report issued within 48 hours prior to boarding or an antigen rapid test report issued within 24 hours prior to boarding. Transferring passengers arriving from a flight originating in China are required to comply with the quarantine regulations of the destination country of their flight. The Macau government has mandated that travelers arriving from China must present a PCR test report issued within 72 hours prior of boarding.


The CECC has pointed out that the pandemic situation in China is severe and continues to worsen, with increasing numbers of infections and severe cases among the elderly. According to data evaluated by local experts, the pandemic is expected to mainly affect rural and small/medium-sized towns from the New Year's Day to Lunar New Year holidays. Because of the lack of medical resources in rural and small/medium-sized towns, and a large population of elderly and vulnerable demographics, people traveling between cities and rural areas during Lunar New Year holidays will have a significant impact on the pandemic. It is expected that travels of people before and after Lunar New Year holidays will cause the number of COVID infections to rise again. It is expected that the pandemic situation in China could last for more than three months.


The CECC has stated that the current predominant strains of the coronavirus in China are Omicron sublineage BA.5.2 and BF.7 variant, but people moving around may increase the chance of strain mutation. The CECC will continue to monitor mutated strains from overseas, in order to assess the risk of emerging new variants and their impact on the pandemic situation in Taiwan.


The CECC reiterates that with masses of people returning home before Lunar New Year holidays, travelers should comply to the current 7-day self-health management and screening rules upon entry into Taiwan in order to keep communities in Taiwan safe.