back to article Two COVID tests, five-day quarantine, limited expense account abuse opportunities: Taiwan sets new rules for business travel

Taiwan has floated new rules for business travel that will make rapid dashes to chat with your preferred electronics suppliers even less fun. Explained yesterday by the nation’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the new regime for business trips looks like this: ul> Test negative to COVID-19 before you arrive in Taiwan …

  1. simonb_london

    The first virus in history to be managed by committee.

  2. disgruntled yank Silver badge


    "Inbound flyers headed to Vietnam will find discos and karaoke bars have re-opened when they land. We’ll leave readers to decide if that’s a good thing or not."

    According to the medical staff on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, you could end up a carrier.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Isn't the point of quarantine to prevent undetected asymptotic carriers from spreading? If you have a reliable test, then once the result is known and you are clear, there should be no need for further quarantine. From that point you are no more a risk than the rest of the population.

    These rules only make sense if you don't have a reliable test.

    1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

      It takes a few days for the virus to take hold in a person, and another few days before symptoms appear, if they do (most symptoms are the body's own reaction to the virus, not the virus itself). One person can easily be clear, either currently or wholly, and then be infected later. Therefore repeated tests is very sensible particularly if the visitor is coming from a regime that has no capability to handle a pandemic, such as the UK or US.

    2. katrinab Silver badge

      If for example you catch the virus at the airport or on the flight, you won't test positive straight away.

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