Taiwan bans all foreigners amid spike in imported cases

Taiwan has indefinitely banned the entry of all foreign visitors, excluding foreign resident permit holders and diplomats, from midnight on Wednesday as part of Covid-19 countermeasures, following a sudden surge in imported cases.

The new restrictions exclude foreign resident permit holders and diplomats, but all people entering Taiwan will have to serve a 14-day home quarantine.

Most foreign visitors will not be allowed to enter Taiwan starting today

The government has also urged its citizens to avoid any non-essential travel.

Taiwan has been lauded by health experts for its successful efforts to stem the spread of the virus since early January, but it is now seeing a sudden spike in cases to 77, mostly from people returning to the island from other countries, especially Europe.

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