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Expatriate Taiwanese rush home to avoid new border control regime involving COVID-19 testing  (2020/11/29)
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    Expatriate Taiwanese rush home to avoid new border control regime involving COVID-19 testing  (2020/11/29)

    Starting Dec. 1, under a new fall and winter program to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone flying into Taiwan from abroad must provide a negative PCR COVID test result from one that was taken within three days before their departure. The numbers of returnees have doubled as Taiwanese expats try to avoid the laborious measure. In the early hours of Sunday morning, a nearly full plane from Los Angeles touched down in Taoyuan Airport. While some of the passengers complained, others said they support the government's new policies.


    With masks tightly wrapped around their faces and towing baggage of various sizes, returning Taiwanese weren’t taking any chances. Some even had on professional-looking protective clothing. Faced with the prospect of catching an invisible virus, they could not afford to be careless.

    The queue of people streaming into customs appeared to stretch endlessly down the hallway. They were all passengers who have rushed to return to Taiwan from abroad. The Central Epidemic Command Center declared on Nov. 25 that it would implement a new program for winter and fall to prevent the spread of COVID-19 starting on Dec. 1. The program requires that everyone who enters Taiwan’s borders, including Taiwanese nationals, produce a negative result of a PCR COVID test taken within the last three days before their flight in order to enter the nation’s borders. Quite a few overseas Taiwanese rushed to get back to Taiwan early.

    Returnee
    I was supposed to leave for Taiwan on Dec. 4. I returned early because in Los Angeles tests take one to three days, and there’s no certainty that you can get your result within 72 hours. If you don’t get hold of the result, well then you can’t get on the plane.

    Returnee
    I heard about this rule in the U.S., and so many people are rushing back earlier than planned. I think this a good thing for our nation of Taiwan, so I support it.

    National Immigration Agency statistics reveal that before the new program was announced, 741 people entered Taiwan’s borders from the U.S. on Nov. 20. After the program was announced, the numbers doubled to 1,390 on Nov. 27.
    中文 Chinese  
    趕12/1秋冬防疫專案前回國 返台旅客翻倍

    中央疫情指揮中心,從25號宣布,從12月1號開始,將實施"秋冬防疫專案",所有來台旅客在登機前,都必須檢附"3日內的核酸檢驗陰性報告"後,返國人潮暴增,今天(29號)清晨五點,從美國洛杉磯返台的華航CI007班機,幾乎客滿。雖然有人抱怨,但也有民眾肯定政府作法。

    返台旅客,拖著大包小包的行李,口罩戴緊緊,還有不少人防疫裝備穿得超專業,面對看不到的病毒,全身包緊緊,一點都不敢大意。

    機場走道上,長長的人龍,就快看不見盡頭,他們全是從境外急著回台的旅客,因為中央疫情指揮中心,在11月25號的時候宣布,從12月1號開始,將實施"秋冬防疫專案",包含國人的所有入境者,都要檢附3日內的"核酸檢驗陰性"證明,才能入境,不少旅外國人,急著提前回台灣。

    [[返台旅客]]
    “我應該12月4日回來(台灣),我提早是因為在洛杉磯檢查它是1到3天,你不確定你是不是,在72小時之內會拿到報告,萬一沒拿到報告你就上不了飛機”

    [[返台旅客]]
    “在美國有聽到這個規定,所以很多人都提前趕快趕回來這樣,我想這對我們台灣國家也是好事,所以我贊成支持”

    相比周五美國入境人數,根據移民署統計,11月27日為1390人,比起11月20日的741人,多了接近一倍。
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