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CECC approves selective entry of foreign migrant workers while strict border control measures remain in place; R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions to process related visa applications

  • Date:2021-11-12
  • Data Source:Bureau of Consular Affairs

November 11, 2021
No. 234

Considering that the domestic COVID-19 situation has stabilized, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has decided to allow the selective entry of foreign migrant workers starting November 11, 2021, to help address industry and care needs while continuing to ensure antipandemic measures are implemented. Given that Indonesia has comprehensive procedures in place to control the pandemic, and pledged strict oversight to ensure that foreign labor brokers abide by related measures, the Republic of China (Taiwan) has therefore agreed to first open up to Indonesian workers into the country.

In cooperating with the implementation of the aforementioned CECC decision and Ministry of Labor (MOL) policy, R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas offices will begin processing related visa applications from Indonesian workers starting today (November 11), in line with MOL guidelines for selective entry as well as existing visa regulations for migrant workers. Anti-pandemic documentation, entry priority and PCR tests, as well as measures concerning post-entry quarantine, for incoming workers are subject to the CECC and the MOL’s arrangements.

To ease the burden on both employers and employees and to meet pressing domestic demand, Indonesian workers holding visas that expired between December 4, 2020 and May 4, 2021 will have their visa validity automatically extended through May 31, 2022. Such individuals do not need to apply for a new visa at an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas office.

MOFA will announce the handling of visas for migrant workers from other countries after the Ministry of Labor releases relevant timetables. (E)