Updated on April 2, 2020:

***According to Taiwan’s Centre for Disease Control, the ban on traveller transits through Taiwan has been extended until April 30.***

Taiwan will suspend the transit of airline passengers through the island starting from March 24 until April 7 in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The move comes after Taiwan barred all foreigners, other than residence permit holders, from coming to the island and said it would quarantine everyone arriving in Taiwan for 14 days.

Starting from midnight local Taiwan time on Tuesday March 24, airline passengers will no longer be allowed to transit through Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Centre for Disease Control said it is taking these measures to “decrease the cross-border movement of people and to reduce the risk of disease transmission”.

The island has recorded 169 Covid-19 cases according to Taiwan’s Centre for Disease Control, as of writing this story.

Taiwanese carrier Eva Air said it will cut international transit services in response to the Taiwanese government’s announcement to ban transit. The airline said passengers can visit its website for the latest information for flight schedule changes and information about changes and refunds.

China Airlines Group, which includes China Airlines, Mandarin Airlines and Tigerair Taiwan, said it will suspend the transit of airlines passengers through Taiwan on any flights departing after midnight local time on March 24. The airline said in its statement on its website that passengers should check their flight informations before boarding.

The Group also said those who are unable to board their flight should refer to the ticket handling guidelines published on the websites of their respective airlines.