Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Foreign nationals traveling from India will be barred from entering Taiwan beginning May 4 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 infections, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung announced Monday.
The new measure applies to all individuals who have visited or transited through India within two weeks of their arrival in Taiwan, according to Chen, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
However, the entry ban does not apply to Taiwanese or foreign nationals who hold a Taiwanese residency permit, Chen said at a press briefing.
They will instead be required to quarantine for the mandatory 14 days at a designated government facility, free of charge, upon arrival in Taiwan, Chen added.
Those individuals will be tested for COVID-19 at the end of the quarantine period and asked to monitor their health for a further seven days, according to the CECC.
The CECC introduced a new travel restriction on Sunday, which would have required all arrivals from India to be quarantined at government facilities.
The enhanced travel restriction announced Monday reflects the government's decision to adopt a stronger response amid spiking COVID-19 infections in India following a series of religious festivals and political rallies, according to Chen.
The number of daily confirmed cases in India has exceeded 300,000 for each of the past 12 days, according to international media, with the total infections nearing 20 million as of Monday.
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