The 10-day home-quarantine requirement for Taiwanese businesspeople and travelers returning from China will be lifted Friday, Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced yesterday.
"The decision is made in line with the taming of SARS in both Taiwan and China," said Tsai, who concurrently serves as convener of the SARS Prevention and Relief Committee's imported-transmission-control panel.
As China's epidemic information is not transparent enough, Tsai said returning Taiwanese businesspeople and travelers should continue to remain vigilant concerning the condition of their health.
The government has imposed a 10-day home-quarantine order on all passengers from China -- the world's hardest-hit SARS area.
"This restriction will remain in effect until July 3 midnight, " Tsai said.
Therefore, she said, those who return to Taiwan before that deadline will still be served home-quarantine notices.
"But they can end their home confinement Thursday midnight," she said.
Starting Friday, Taiwanese businesspeople and travelers as well and Chinese citizens married to Taiwanese will no longer be subject to the quarantine.
As to when the government will reopen the door for Chinese professionals to visit Taiwan, Tsai said all relevant cross-strait exchange programs will resume normal operations within the shortest possible period of time.
"We'll not let SARS interrupt cross-strait civilian exchanges forever," Tsai said.
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