Entry extended to Vietnamese and Filipino workers

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Taiwan yesterday lifted an entry ban on migrant workers from Vietnam and the Philippines, in addition to those already allowed from Indonesia and Thailand, but employers are required to follow a considerable number of screening measures revised COVID-19 guidelines, the Department of Labor said.

Under the new rules, arriving migrant workers can stay in quarantine hotels instead of government quarantine facilities.

Employers must cover the accommodation costs of the 14-day mandatory quarantine and seven-day self-health management that migrant workers must undergo upon arrival, the ministry said.

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However, for migrant workers employed on social assistance, government subsidies to employers would cover 50% of accommodation costs, with a ceiling of NT$1,250 per worker per day.

While the government would pay for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at the end of quarantine, employers would have to pay for transportation and land costs incurred by medical personnel sent to quarantine hotels, the ministry said. .

Employers and migrant workers should practice disease prevention and control measures.

Under the new rules, migrant workers must be fully vaccinated before being allowed to enter Taiwan.

Employers must notify the local government in whose jurisdiction the quarantine hotel is located.

Before going to their place of work, migrant workers must undergo quarantine and self-health management at the same quarantine hotel.

Upon arrival at the airport, migrant workers must take a PCR test. They must receive a free COVID-19 rapid test kit before leaving for the quarantine hotel.

Between quarantine and self-health management, migrant workers must take a PCR test and they must take a rapid COVID-19 test before leaving the quarantine hotel, at the end of self-management -health. The employer must confirm the test results and upload the data to the ministry’s website regarding the entry and departure of foreign labor at airports.

Employers must register migrant workers on the website and enter details such as their nationality, date of entry, flight number and who is picking them up at the airport, the ministry said.

Migrant workers would be approved for entry three to 30 days after being registered on the website, he said, adding that quarantine hotel, vaccination certificate, COVID-19 insurance documentation and PCR test results should also be uploaded.

Taiwan in May last year banned the entry of all foreign nationals without residence – including migrant workers – following a local outbreak of COVID-19.

Late last year, the government allowed the entry of migrant workers from Indonesia and Thailand.

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