The Taiwan government announced that all travellers from Hong Kong can apply for visas to enter the island from February 20. There will be no more Covid-19 restrictions on visitors to Taiwan from Hong Kong, and they can apply for entry permits online.

Only Hong Kong tour groups have been able to visit Taiwan since it reopened its borders to visitors in late 2022, with exceptions made for family, humanitarian and work reasons. From February 20, Hong Kong residents born in the SAR before 1997 can apply for 30-day entry permits. Those who were previously given entry permits or approved to enter Taiwan can also apply for their permits online.

Hong Kong lifted most of its pandemic-related restrictions on travellers and only requires negative Covid-19 test results for international visitors who wish to enter the city.

While there are no testing requirements for cross-border travellers, Taiwan still has restrictions on Mainland Chinese visitors, including a 2020 ban on group tours that is still in force.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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