In a positive development for business-oriented travel, Taiwan looks forward to the creation of successful travel bubbles within Asia Pacific, on priority for diplomatic and business visits, hopefully paving the way for mutual tourist interactions through 2021.
The CECC (Central Epidemic Command Centre) is working in this direction, and if potential diplomatic and business travellers can provide sound reasoning for travelling to Taiwan and a detailed itinerary, will be exempt from the 14-day incoming quarantine as well.
Opening of such travel bubbles will require a certain degree of reciprocity from the partner nation, as well as sound judgement of the containment of pandemic in the partner country but is definitely at early stages of consideration. Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand would be in the first phase and thereafter, a second round of medium term considerations in which we hope to say ‘namaste’ to India as well.
Meanwhile Taiwan continues to strengthen opportunities for domestic tourism with the consideration that the same could be offered to international tourists at a later date. Incentives include free rides along the night rail line in New Taipei, discounted bus tickets for mountainous explorations, and a joint discount program by the hotel industry through a central NT$500 discount program