Taiwan starts welcoming tourists after easing restrictions

 Saturday, October 15, 2022 


Businesses, especially those in tourism, are already witnessing an improvement in sales, with Taiwan welcoming return of tourists on Thursday (Oct 13), after relaxing some of the most rigorous COVID-19 border restrictions in the world.

Travelers started dropping into Taoyuan International Airport shortly after midnight, with the territory scrapping its quarantine and isolation procedures.

However, visitors will need to wear their masks, provide vaccination proof, take quick COVID-19 tests and observe their health for seven days.

Many tourists at the Taoyuan International Airport were happy with the relaxation of rules. The airport was active with travelers for the first time in more than two years.

Since the announcement regarding reopening two weeks ago, travel agencies have witnessed a surge in bookings. Airlines are also adding flights to put up with the increasing demand.

Mr. Eddy Lan, an assistant vice president at Hsi Hung Travel Service Co., said that tour bookings have went up by 20 per cent.

Together with others in the tourism sector, Lan’s agency had been struggling over the past two years, with sharp falls in revenue with the island shutting its borders during the pandemic.

Lan said that foreign travel accounts for 90 per cent of their company’s business. The pandemic made them reduce their staff members from 500 to around 170 or 180. Their entire business had factually plunged down to zero.

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