There’s been much talk of “travel bubbles” between countries that have effectively stamped out Covid-19, but thus far none have been implemented. Taiwan’s new rules for shortened quarantines, however, could give us an idea of what global business might look like in the months to come.
Starting on June 22, eligible business travelers to Taiwan can be exempted from the compulsory 14-day quarantine currently in place, according to a statement today from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. The statement didn’t specify what types of business travelers are covered by these new rules, but did list activities like product inspection, skills training, and signing contracts as examples of eligible business engagements.
These travelers, who must come from low-risk places, are eligible to quarantine in a hotel for a shortened seven days instead. On the fifth day, they will be tested for the coronavirus, and if the result is negative they will be free to engage in their business activities. They will have to monitor their temperature and health until the 21st day of their visit, and must keep a record of people they see. They’re also urged to avoid public places as much as possible, and to wear a mask when out and about.
Business travelers from the following places, deemed low- and medium-risk are eligible for shortened quarantine: New Zealand, Australia, Macau, Palau, Fiji, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan.
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