Latest info about covid-related travel regulations/procedures (outbound)

[SELF-PAID COVID TESTS AT TZU CHI HOSPITAL AND FAR EASTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN TAIPEI]

I was able to get an appointment at Tzu Chi Hospital in Taipei for the week after next. It looks like now they have appts starting June 9th and later.
Self-paid Covid-19 Test - 台北慈濟醫院 (tzuchi.com.tw)

Also Far Eastern hospital, but you can only book 13 days in advance so I think you just need to be really quick when you want the appointment

FAR EASTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL-Out-of-pocket COVID-19 PCR testing (femh.org.tw)

I hope this is helpful to someone. I spent a long time yesterday calling around to different hospitals trying to get an appointment.

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Thanks. I found the Far Eastern form impossible to submit.

Yeah, me too, that’s why I gave up on it. The Tzu Chi one was very easy, although for some reason it wouldn’t accept my entire name so I just used my last initial. Taipei Veteran’s hospital in Shipai was the easiest - they have an online form and bookings for a new day open every night at midnight (I called and asked). You can book 13 days in advance, but you have to be quick. It’s like getting tickets to a rock concert - all the bookings filled up in about an hour so try exactly at midnight 13 days before you want the test.

Thanks again. Do you know any-

Online forms that work?
Hospitals you can phone that speak English?

If so, links would be appreciated. I tried Tzu Chi Memorial Hospital but the recorded message was wholly in Chinese.

And if there is an online page for booking a PCR at the Veteran’s Hospital. I can’t see it. But the page–in English–is very long and gives exhaustive details about the departments.

I found an online form for a Taichung hospital.

Unfortunately, there are 18 pages to complete–including one where you download a hospital PDF and complete it. 18 pages!

Did you try this? Register for out-of-pocket PCR testing for COVID-19 (vghtpe.gov.tw)
The first page lists all the requirements, scroll down and click “I understand” and then follow the prompts. Starting at midnight, they should open is for the next day (June 8th in this case). I couldn’t figure it out either, so I called them and they were really helpful. I was able to get someone on the phone who spoke really good English. Also, MOHW hospital in Xinchuang (sorry I don’t know a link right now) does walk - ins and I was able to talk to someone there in English. She told me come before 7 am on the day that you want the test, have your passport, plane ticket and the application form ready and you can do it that day. That’s going to be my last resort if for some reason Veterans cancels my appointment. Hope that helps you. I know how discouraging it is to try to find an appointment.

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Thanks for taking the time. I don’t have my flight ticket yet. I aim on flying around 17 June. But I want to do my research to avoid a last second dash. The situation is changing and while it was probably easy 10 days ago, it is now difficult.

What was the first hospital? Is it the one you are using? Both in Taichung?

No, they are both in Taipei. I’m not sure about hospitals in Taichung, sorry. But you definitely do need to book an appointment 13 days in advance at most hospitals, so I would get a few in mind and then closer to your flight start trying to book. Or maybe some you can even book now, I saw a few that were booking 3-5 weeks in advance. (For instance, Tri Services in Neihu is booked for the next 5 weeks!)

Sorry, my confusion. I am in Taoyuan and Ia[prp wpo;d be fine. I think Taichung got mentioned as a place where one might easily get tested.

Could we just name a few hospitals in Taipei where you can still book?

Tri Services? Would you very kindly just write the names of the 2 or 3 best possibilities in Taipei? ?

Why are Tri Services free?

It would be great if we could make a list of about 10 hospitals here that give a good chance of success.

If I can find a hospital that will do it in the next few days, I might go easrly…

https://shh.tmu.edu.tw/upload_files/covid/ask.htm

Show up early, wait in line, get your test, get the results same day or next. Yes, it’s in Zhonghe. But at this point my opinion is that you don’t have many/any “safe” hospital options anyway, and the longer you wait, the higher the risk that going to a hospital gets even riskier.

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True enough. But I am just not sure what’s going on in New Taipei right now and I would avoid going there until I had exhausted all possibilities in Taoyuan. In extremis I would go to Taichung fir a day.

A consideration is how expensive all this phoning is. I have spent 1000 NTD in a couple of days, getting nowhere.

I can’t figure out if you really need help or not… I’ve already listed several hospitals for you where you can make an appt online. TzuChi, Far Eastern, Veterans. None of them are free. It costs anywhere between 5000 and 8000. Get your flight, then make an appointment for two days in advance. I recommend booking Eva if it flies where you need, they are very forgiving with rescheduling to my knowledge.

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Here is a real update.

In order to travel with KLM you used to need a Rapid Antigen Test you could get in the Airport Medical Center. That has changed.

Now, just to transit the NL you need a NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION TEST (NAAT), 6 tests in one apparently and no doubt extremely expensive. Apparently it includes a PCR test.

Did anyone ever hear of it–and can you even get it in Taiwan? I am thinking of changing airline though KLM is perfect in other ways.

Actually, it seems easier to book than PCK–not as much demand? It is a 6 in 1 test, including PCR. It costs 9000 NTD.

This is for Netherlands. But I also need a PCR for the UK. Surely, if the NAAT includes a PCR I don’t need a separate one for the UK? Then the tests would be almost as expensive as the flight.

Where are you seeing that PCR wasn’t enough? Assuming they now consider TW a high-risk country, from https://www.klm.com/travel/tw_en/prepare_for_travel/up_to_date/flight_update/index.htm:

You need to show a negative COVID-19 test result if you’re travelling from a high-risk country to the Netherlands. You have 2 options.

Option 1 - You have to show 1 test result:

  • a negative COVID-19 NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample that was taken within 24 hours before boarding your flight to the Netherlands.

Option 2 - You have to show 2 test results:

  • a negative COVID-19 NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample that was taken within 72 hours before your arrival in the Netherlands.
  • a negative COVID-19 rapid test result based on a sample that was taken within 24 hours before boarding your flight to the Netherlands.

Please note that even if you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, you still need to bring a negative COVID-19 test result.

Mandatory quarantine

From 1 June 2021, you must quarantine for 10 days if you travel or return to the Netherlands after staying in a very high-risk country. Please check if the country you’re travelling from is on the very high-risk list . This requirement also applies if you have been vaccinated.

Quarantine declaration

When the Netherlands is your final destination and you are travelling from a very high-risk country, you will receive a quarantine declaration on board. Please note: you are required to fill this form out.

[EDIT: also in previous advisory, “*All types of NAAT test (Nucleic Acid Amplification) are allowed, including PCR and LAMP.”
Although if customer service is saying something different…]

The NAAT test is a requirement of the Netherlands government for anyone who transits through the Netherlands: as anyone who uses KLM will. I believe it is a new requirement. Before they needed a Rapid Antigen Test.

So my question is do I need an ordinary PCR for the UK or is the NAAT enough?

Just to make it clear: you only need the NAAT if you travel with KLM.

So NAAT to show in Holland and an additional PCR to show on boarding plane for UK? Or UK will accept the NAAT? After all, it is a more extensive test.

I can find no info from the UK or KLM.

Are you certain this is the actual requirement? I think any of the NAAT-type tests qualifies, not all of them rolled into one.

From NL govt:

  • Type of test: the test used must be a molecular NAAT (PCR) test (either PCR, RT PCR, LAMP, TMA or mPOCT). No other type of test, including antigen tests and serological tests (blood tests to detect antibodies), is valid;
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It is as clear as mud. But I am sure that the KLM staff in Taipei told me there has been a change and I must take the 6 in 1 NAAT test. It costs 9000 NTD…

So if you paid for a 6 in 1 test for NL, do you still need the ordinary PCR for the UK? if so that is 17000 for covid testing. Also I am not sure how to fit them all in. It is frustrating because everyone gives conflicting info. Yet as soon as you get to the airport, you will be told very briefly and surely that you have the wrong documents and can’t travel. So why is it so difficult to find out before travel?