Just a few weeks ago, TAITRA announced plans to continue ahead with Computex 2020 with safety and hygiene measures in place to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since then, the situation has been evolving and many more events are being cancelled. Computex 2020 is now in question once again, as Taiwan is closing its borders.
As shared by the Taoyuan Airport Twitter account, starting from March 19th, foreign nationals will be barred from entering Taiwan and travellers arriving in Taiwan must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
🔺All foreign nationals will be barred from entering Taiwan, with the exception of persons holding an Alien Resident Certificate, diplomatic officials, and businesspeople with special entry permits.
🔺All passengers arriving in Taiwan must undergo a 14-day quarantine. pic.twitter.com/ZYpMRNx8h6
— Taoyuan Airport (@taoyuanairport) March 18, 2020
We don’t actually know how long these measures will be in place, so Computex could theoretically still take place in early June. However, it does seem that TAITRA will need to re-examine the situation and issue another update. The last statement came on the 25th of February and much has changed since then.
So far, we have not heard of any major companies cancelling plans to attend Computex 2020.
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KitGuru Says: Computex taking place in June is starting to look less likely, which would be a shame but large events are of course not recommended at this time in order to slow the spread of the virus.