CORONAVIRUS/Travelers allowed to book rooms at government quarantine centers

Taipei,  Travelers to Taiwan who wish to stay at government centers during their 14-day mandatory quarantine will be able to book a room in one of them beginning Jan. 8 and stay in one starting Jan. 11, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

The rooms are open to both Taiwanese and foreign nationals, CECC official Wang Pi-Sheng (王必勝) said at a press conference.

The cost to stay at the centers will be NT$2,000 (US$70) per night, down from the previous rate of NT$3,000 a night, and around 1,500 to 2,000 rooms will be available, Wang said.

Travelers who wish to stay at a center can book a room on a Ministry of Health and Welfare website. After they provide relevant information and pay with a credit card, they will be given a confirmation number, Wang said.

They will not, however, be able to choose which of the 35 government-designated quarantine centers across Taiwan they will stay at, he said.

At present, there are 3,765 rooms at the centers, and 40 percent of them are occupied, Wang said.

Children under the age of 12 can stay with an accompanying adult in one room at a center free of charge, according to Wang.

Previously, travelers were not able to choose to stay at a designated quarantine center. Those who stayed there were required to do so by the CECC.

The new measure is in response to an expected influx of arrivals prior to the Lunar New Year holiday period in February, as well as tightened quarantine requirements that will come into effect on Jan. 15.

The new requirements ban home quarantine, except in cases where the person lives alone or everyone else in the home is also in quarantine, and is expected to increase demand among people arriving in Taiwan for places where they can be quarantined.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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