Schools in Taiwan stop accepting applications for entry permits from foreign students
Taiwan begins to stop entry for non-resident foreigners on Friday (Jan. 1), with schools suspending entry permits for all international students.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) said that it had issued a directive on Thursday (December 31) to suspend entry for all international students for at least a month as part of its own strengthening efforts. coating to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
All foreign students, including students from China, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as students receiving Taiwanese scholarships, will be suspended.
The MOE said the suspension was in response to the Central Disease Command’s decision on Wednesday (December 30) to ban all foreign visitors arriving early in the new year.
Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) explained that only Taiwan citizens, foreign residents, and those with a special entry permit are allowed to enter this country.
The MOE notes that 49 international students who already have an entry permit but have not yet arrived in Taiwan will be allowed to enter after January 1. It adds the suspension can be lifted for a month, depending on into the COVID situation at that time.
Currently, there are 19,471 international students studying study programs in Taiwan. It is not known how many foreign students will be affected by the new policy.
Meanwhile, international students in Taiwan are advised not to leave the country, as they may not be allowed to return. The MOE is expected to announce more details on the entry ban at a later time.