Taiwan is in March to reopen its borders to about 5,000 international language students who do not have the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, the ministry said.

The new regulations are to apply to non-scholarship students wishing to study Mandarin in Taiwan for at least six months, and universities can start making applications on behalf of students from February 14, the ministry said.

Entry dates have been timed to avoid an influx of passengers during the busy Lunar New Year holiday period, the ministry said.

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Eligible students must show a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of boarding their flight, and must also pass a polymerase chain reaction test upon arrival and before the end of their mandatory quarantine of 14 days, he said.

After quarantine, students would be required to follow self-health management guidelines for an additional seven days and pass a quick COVID-19 self-test before they can enter a school campus, the ministry added.

Following an increase in local COVID-19 infections last year, Taiwan banned all arrivals from May 19 except for citizens and legal residents.

International students who have been accepted into programs of one year or more duration are generally eligible for a Foreign Resident Certificate (ARC), and since they can only apply for and obtain an ARC in Taiwan, the restrictions mainly affect newly enrolled students who are still abroad.

In August last year, Taiwan granted entry to international students without an ARC, but only to those who are enrolled in degree programs at Taiwanese universities or who have obtained the Taiwan scholarship from the Ministry of Affairs. foreign exchange or the Huayu Enrichment Exchange.

Currently, non-scholarship language students are not allowed to enter Taiwan, regardless of the length of their program.

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