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Taiwan's COVID rules bar foreign workers from entering or leaving

Overseas visa runs a no-go for travelers unable to renew on island

Participants line up at immigration counters for passport checks during a mock trip abroad at Taipei Songshan Airport on July 7, 2020. (File photo by AP) 

TAIPEI -- It should have been a coup for Taiwan. A respected China-watcher was planning to relocate to Taipei with his family after he found, like many foreigners, that working on Chinese soil was increasingly risky.

He received the prestigious gold card, a special resident permit reserved for expert professionals, and everything seemed to be falling into place. His son was accepted into the Taipei European School, where he is supposed to start school at the end of the month.

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