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Taiwan bars more Macau and Hong Kong citizens

Further restrictions on people travelling from Macau and Hong Kong  to Taiwan will be introduced on Tuesday because of the escalating outbreak.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

Further restrictions on people travelling from Macau and Hong Kong  to Taiwan will be introduced on Tuesday because of the escalating outbreak, the island’s Mainland Affairs Council said on Monday.

“Except for those who must come to Taiwan to honour their business contracts, transnational personnel transfers and spouses and minors of Taiwanese who have obtained residential status in Taiwan, all others from Macau and Hong Kong will be temporarily stopped from travelling to Taiwan,” said Chen Ming-chi, vice-chairman of the council, which oversees the self-governed island’s policies towards mainland China.

Taiwan had on Thursday imposed limits on new visas  to visit for citizens of  Macau and Hong Kong. 

Those still allowed in from Tuesday would need to enter home or hotel quarantine for 14 days, Chen said, adding that students from the two cities would be included in the ban until further notice. He said the measure was necessary to ensure the health of the Taiwanese people.

There are 10,840 students from Hong Kong and Macau studying in Taiwan, of whom about 7,900 have left the island for the Lunar New Year holidays, according to the education ministry.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:45 am

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