Taiwanese employers can start bringing in foreign workers from the Philippines and Vietnam from Today.
Taiwan has officially opened its doors to workers from the Philippines and Vietnam.
The head of the Central Epidemiological Command Center (CECC), Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) has previously announced that starting February 15, the point-based system for entry will cease operations and the second phase of entry regulations will begin. Employers can now bring in factory workers and care workers from the Philippines and Vietnam.
The borders have been open to workers from Indonesia and Thailand since November and December respectively.
Employers are required to enter information about workers on the MOL website before they arrive in Taiwan, including nationality, arrival date, flight number, quarantine hotel, vaccination certificate, COVID coverage, PCR test results, and the person’s identity picking them up at the airport. According to the ministry, workers can enter Taiwan for a period of three to 30 days after registration.
The MOL points out that employers hiring migrant workers must comply with five main disease prevention measures:
1. Before leaving their country, migrant workers must be fully vaccinated and upload their vaccine certificate to the MOL website to come and leave foreign workers. They must also ensure each room has only one quarantine officer before they leave for Taiwan.
2. Employers must arrange for their workers to be quarantined in epidemic prevention hotels in Taiwan and notify the city or county authorities in advance of the location of the hotel. After migrant workers complete 14 days of quarantine, they spend seven days monitoring their own health in the same hotel before arriving at their workplace.
MOL Workforce Development Agency Director-General Tsai Meng-liang (蔡孟良) stressed that migrant workers must stay in their hotels until the end of their self-monitoring period. If they have to go out, they must state their reasons and be escorted to ensure they comply with disease prevention measures.
3. After the migrant worker enters Taiwan, they will be picked up by airport service personnel from MOL and assisted with customs clearance. After taking a PCR test at the airport, they will be given a free set of COVID rapid antigen testing for use during quarantine. They will then be directed by an agent to an epidemic prevention vehicle that will drive them to their quarantine hotel.
4. When staying in a hotel, the employee must undergo PCR tests on the 13th or 14th day of their quarantine. The testing agency should send staff to the hotel to perform PCR testing.
5. During the period of self-monitoring of health at the quarantine hotel, the employee must undergo a rapid antigen test on the 20th or 21st day. Employers must confirm results and results on the website Foreign Worker Care Service at MOL’s Foreign Worker Airport.
According to the MOL, the cost of accommodation for quarantine and health management itself will be paid by the employer. In addition, the MOL will subsidize social welfare employers to cover 50% of their health quarantine and management costs, with a maximum daily allowance of NT$1,250 (US$44).
The cost of carrying out PCR tests at the end of quarantine will be covered by the government. However, other costs, such as field service and transporting staff sent by the testing agency to the quarantined hotel, will be paid for by the employer.