Palau, Taiwan set to launch 'sterile corridor' April 1

Palau will welcome the first 100 tourists from Taiwan on April 1, President Surangel Whipps said Wednesday, announcing the long-awaited "sterile corridor" between the two countries.

In a press conference, Whipps, Jr. and Taiwan’s Ambassador to Palau, Wallace Chow said the inaugural flight will bring the first batch of visitors under safety guidelines.

“We will open but we will open with care,” Whipps Jr. said.

Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung said that he hopes the new bubble will revitalize tourism and economic activities in the two countries while taking into account safety measures to minimize the risk of Covid infection and transmission.

In an earlier interview with TVBS, Whipps said the initial reopening will allow only two flights a week and visitors will be allowed to stay only for seven days to start.

"Our health professionals want to have comfort level," he said.