Palau’s President Surangel Whipps Jr. is reportedly visiting Taiwan on March 15 to promote the much-awaited “travel bubble” between the two destinations.
The Pacific ally of Taiwan has not registered a single coronavirus case, and talks of an arrangement for bilateral tourism have so far failed to materialize over the nation’s fear of medical inadequacy in the event of an outbreak. The plans are expected to be revived soon, reported CNA.
According to travel agencies familiar with the matter, there will be eight flights from each side per week. China Airlines and EVA Air will operate six and two flights, respectively, from Taiwan, while Palau Pacific Airways will offer eight flights by leasing aircraft and cabin crew from Tigerair Taiwan, a budget airline.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attended Whipps’ inauguration ceremony in January, where he expressed optimism about the travel bubble but also said challenges remained. Whipps has advocated for a “sterile corridor” with Taiwan and more collaborations in healthcare and trade.
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