Taipei City: Quarantine Hotel Program Expanded Ahead of Foreign Students’ Return

With the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding in Taiwan, many returning foreign students and members of new freshman classes are looking forward to further laxing of border entry regulations.

The Department of Information and Tourism (TPEDOIT) pointed out that while the central government has yet to provide a confirmed date on easing regulations, Taipei City Government is taking a proactive approach and contacting quarantine hotels ahead of time. According to plans, the municipality expects to make available over 1,000 rooms spanning different rates. The number will be adjusted based on actual needs.

Statistics show that there are currently about 26,000 foreign students who have been unable to return to Taiwan for school. If we include the number of incoming freshmen, the figure exceeds 42,000. That is why students and faculty members across the country are following the latest progress.

Expecting an influx of international students prior to the beginning of the new semester, many inns, hotels, and schools have contacted city hall, suggesting plans for the arrivals to stay at quarantine facilities first. TPEDOIT pointed out that in compliance with the policies of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, the city government has been contacting potential accommodations across the city – in addition to the 1,546 rooms at 24 partner hotels already on the list.

TPEDOIT Commissioner Liu Yi-ting pointed out that 14 hotels have submitted applications to join the list of quarantine hotels. The agency has completed the evaluation of 9 hotels and is expecting to add 890 rooms to the list. There are rooms with rates between NT$2,000 and NT$3,000, which are comparatively more affordable for students.

  • Source:Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government / Publish Date:2020-06-16

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