Taiwan will reopen to overseas Filipino workers starting Feb. 15, the Department of Labor and Employment said Tuesday, with the easing estimated to benefit some 40,000 job seekers.
Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III said the Philippines has received confirmation of the reopening from Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center.
“Over the past years, our OFWs’ excellence in various industries in Taiwan have been receiving commendations from their employers. We also laud Taiwan’s continuing review of its labor rules to protect migrant workers’ rights, including the Filipinos,” Bello said in a statement.
Here are the requirements for OFWs who will go to Taiwan for work according to DOLE:
1. Filipino workers should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering Taiwan.
2. Employers should book a hotel for the quarantine of arriving OFWs. Migrant workers need to complete a 14-day quarantine and need to stay in the same hotel for seven days of self-health management before reporting to the workplace.
3. Migrant workers and employers need to follow Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center epidemic prevention measures, rules, and guidelines.
4. Polymerase chain reaction or PCR testing is immediately required after entry to Taiwan.
5. Medical insurance is needed in case of confirmed cases.
Migrant workers who would violate Taiwan's guidelines for re-entry could face revocation of their employment permit, the DOLE said.