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Starting on July 25, 2022, the entry restrictions will be loosened for foreign nationals that apply visas for volunteering, religious proselytization, studying religious doctrines, internships, international exchanges, and working holidays (youth exchanges). (C/7-2)

On July 19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that starting on July 25, 2022, the entry restrictions for foreign nationals will be loosened. Foreign nationals may apply for a special entry permit visa to visit Taiwan for the following purposes: volunteering, religious proselytization, studying religious doctrines, internships, international exchanges, and working holidays (youth exchanges). Considering the gradual reopening of international borders, the need to balance between pandemic prevention works and to stimulate economy,  social activities, and international exchanges, the decision is made after assessing Taiwan’s domestic pandemic situation, public healthcare system capacity, and international experiences. There were about 10,000 above mentioned visa holders entered Taiwan each year before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CECC stated, working holidays (youth exchanges) is made available based on the agreement Taiwan has signed with other countries. The purpose of the program is to encourage youth exchanges between Taiwan and other countries. Each person can only apply for the exchange once in his/her lifetime. Currently, most of the contract countries have already open up its applications for Taiwan’s youth. To uphold the principle of equality and reciprocity, working holidays (youth exchanges) is also listed as one o the opening programs.
The CECC will gradually adjust its border reopening policy depending on the pandemic situation. The CECC would also like to remind the public to complete the vaccination process, continue to use personal protective measures, and comply to pandemic preventative measures and quarantine measures to protect the safety of our communities.