Taiwan announces its third stage plan to allow tourist’s arrival in the country in October

Reopening of transportation and tourism is being planned in Taiwan by having three (3) stages, announced by Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) at a press conference on Friday (May 15). It is a three-stage draft plan to ease the restrictions on transportation and travel.

Lin emphasized that the country’s control of outbreak is the best version of international marketing. The minister said that Taiwan will witness the swift recovery of tourism in Asia and even the world.

According to Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC) the 3rd stage will allow tourists from possibly visiting the country once again in the month of October.

On the first stage the passengers will be allowed to consume food in the train. They are still required to wear the mask before and after eating. The stage will run by May 27 to July 31.

Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) will be given consent to sell non-reserved seats and Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) will be allowed to sell standing tickets at the start of Dragon Boat Festival holiday in June 25 to 28.

The second stage will include NT$2 billion (US$33 million) in subsidies for amusement park tickets, for group tours, double-decker bus fares, accommodations for independent travelers, tour and other discounts which will occur between August 1 and October 31.

Prevention measures like wearing face masks, 
measurement of body temperature and social distance may be halted based on the progress of constraining the outbreak and Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) direction.

On the third stage, allowing the tourists from entering the country will be the last phase due to the severity of pandemic in other parts of the world. The date planned for this to happen is from October 1 to December 31.
Three agencies including Taiwan Tourism Bureau, CECC, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs will work on this phase to reach recovery and guaranteed growth opportunities for international tourism.

Lastly the agencies of government will work together with CECC on loosening border control measures, as well as the restrictions on connecting flights, international cruise ships, and arrivals taking mass transportation.

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