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CECC explains its plan to require non-R.O.C. nationals without NHI cards who are diagnosed with COVID-19 in Taiwan to pay their medical costs during their isolation period themselves starting January 1, 2023 (C/12-1)

On December 5, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that, in consideration of a steady increase in the number of inbound travelers, it plans to adjust the eligibility criteria for the government's program to cover the medical expenses of people diagnosed with COVID-19 during their isolation period (based on the nationality/National Health Insurance status at the time of diagnosis). The adjustments about eligibility, which will take effect on January 1, 2023, are listed below. 

The CECC pointed out that the current medical expenses related to the treatment of COVID-19 cases that are tested positive in Taiwan, regardless of patients’ nationality or health insurance status, are covered by the government budget. According to the monitoring data, as of November 28 this year (2022), there were 260,929 foreign nationals tested positive for COVID-19, accounting for 3.2% of all the COVID cases this year. Out of all the foreign national cases, 112 were severe cases. In response to the growing number of arriving passengers, starting on January 1, 2023, the CECC is changing the eligibility criteria for the government's program to cover the medical expenses of people diagnosed with COVID-19:

A. The government will cover the medical expenses related to isolation and treatment of R.O.C. nationals (regardless of NHI status), non-R.O.C. nationals enrolled in the NHI program, and employed foreign nationals in Taiwan (including blue-collar foreign workers, white-collar foreign workers, missing foreign workers, and foreign fishermen employed by domestic entities) during their isolation period.

B. Non-R.O.C. nationals not enrolled in the NHI program should pay their medical expenses during their isolation period if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 in Taiwan.

The CECC has asked relevant authorities (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Transportation) to ask foreign nationals that do not have Taiwan NHI to purchase medical insurances before entering Taiwan. Foreign visitors should comply to all current COVID regulations. The CECC recommends foreign visitors to carry a hand sanitizer with them when going out to keep their hands clean and wash their hands properly when returning to their lodging. If you are experiencing a fever, respiratory issues, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell, put on a mask and seek immediate medical treatment. Do not take public transportations, enter other public venues to ensure the safety of others.