NIA’s Border Control and Epidemic Prevention Measures for COVID-19
- Source：General Planning Section
In response to the spread of COVID-19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) coordinates epidemic-related prevention and control measures, and assigns tasks according to the responsibilities and expertise of all Ministries and Agencies to execute epidemic prevention measures quickly and effectively.
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) is a member of the CECC border quarantine team. During the epidemic, the NIA has attended regular meetings of the CECC, border quarantine team working meetings, response team meetings of the Ministry of the Interior and other meetings at different levels for more than 100 occasions, complied with the CECC's decision-making process and executed multiple border control and epidemic prevention measures.
In addition to strengthening controls over the flow of people to prevent the epidemic from further worsening, the NIA has also come up with a number of humane and flexible measures for foreign residents in Taiwan, aiming at protecting people’s health and rights.
The NIA has been tasked to:
1.Strengthen border control to reduce the risk of COVID-19 importation:
Since the beginning of the epidemic, the NIA has complied with the CECC’s border control policy to comprehensively strengthen the management of the flow of people in international airports and ports, and accordingly amend management measures for the arrival of foreigners. The NIA also has drafted a list of “Restrictions for Entering Taiwan” and keeps the list updated, making it easy for people to read.
2.Provide important information continuously as reference for key decision-making:
Responding to the needs of the CECC and other agencies, since Jan. 2010, the NIA has continued to provide various statistical reports, related to the entry and exit data of passengers and foreign residents in Taiwan, as reference for decision-making and follow-up management. The NIA also has cooperated with related agencies to build epidemic prevention-related systems, including "Quarantine System for Entry" and "Home Quarantine Tracking System" by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, "Health Insurance Cloud Travel History Inquiry System" by the National Health Insurance Agency, etc. in order to assist related agencies to facilitate the implementation of epidemic prevention.
3.Comply with the CECC’s policy and implement projects to solve problems:
In response to the global spread of COVID-19 and the tightening of border control measures, the NIA has executed inspection projects for charter flights and cruises and formulated expedient measures, such as automatic visa extensions and special permission to postpone departure for legal visitors. When the nationwide epidemic alert was raised to level 3, the NIA began implementing measures for those legal visitors and residents who have visas that are about to expire, granting them exemptions from on-site application, as well as “Carefree Covid-19 Screening Program” for foreign nationals (including residents, visitors, overstayers, and undocumented migrant workers) , aiming at protecting their health and rights. Especially for those who have overstayed in Taiwan, the NIA has also implemented “Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program” and “Carefree Covid-19 Screening Program,” disseminating the latest epidemic prevention information via multiple channels and providing necessary assistance, to prevent overstayers from becoming an infection control breach.
4.Provide epidemic prevention information in multiple languages via different media outlets to comfort migrants：
In order to help foreign nationals in Taiwan obtain correct and up-to-date information, the NIA has established an epidemic prevention section on its website and consistently updated relevant information. The NIA has also used the Foreigners in Taiwan Hotline (0800-024-111), providing a multi-language, toll-free and 24-hour consulting service. In addition, the NIA uses IFI Network to offer various web services in multiple languages, and uses communication APP to publish information.
The NIA is committed to reconciling civil liberties and public health in the response to COVID-19. The NIA will also keep the public informed with the latest information on border control and related expedient measures. For detailed descriptions of each measure, please refer to information posted on “COVID-19 Epidemic News” section on this website. (Link as follows)
As a result of the unity and cooperation of all NIA units, the concerted efforts made by its conscientious, hardworking and steadfast employees, as well as the faithful implementation of the goal of "establishing border defense lines and stopping the virus from abroad" have further facilitated the control of the epidemic in Taiwan. The NIA will stay true to the motto of serving the people and protecting people's health, and comply with the CECC’s policy to adjust border control measures and prevent epidemics.