Any other Forumosans in a Taiwanese quarantine hotel?

So, note to self: Make sure you can get your own food delivered (FoodPanda, UberEats and maybe even Costco online orders delivered). Bring your own multi cooker or instant pot, since I don’t think I’ve ever seen a microwave in a Taiwanese hotel room. Probably worth it to buy one before the trip back and maybe even to pay for overweight/sized luggage. Skip the hotel-offered, properly overpriced crap that they are calling “food”. Oh, and bring your own flatware set, because then you can feel fancy even if you’re at in an NT1000/night, 4 ping closet.

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Maybe? Or maybe we’ll realize that we are going to have to live with it just like the flu? Yearly Covid shots? I heard some folks were re-routing through a high risk country to avoid paying. I find the idea of being sent somewhere without any choice to be scary. Isn’t that called incarceration? :slight_smile:
A friend of mine is coming back from the US next week. She’s from Tainan and the government helped her find an AirBnB for her and the two kids. It sounds like the government there is very helpful.

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So is home quarantine still allowed in some cities? I thought they banned it? :thinking:

It isn’t home quarantine. It’s an Airbnb that is approved by the government in Tainan. Home quarantine is banned.

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Oh, that’s a thing? Can those AirBnbs be booked directly over the website? Or is it only legal when booking through the government?

She said the government helped her book it.

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That is my exact fear for my return flight in early October.
USA is already at 80+% of new cases from Delta virus.
So logically, USA should already be considered “high risk” by Taiwan’s CECC. Its probably only kept off the high-risk list for political reasons.

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I wish I set up my home as an Airbnb.

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I hear you. I do think it is one step further to get government approval. I heard they have to qualify somehow.

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What do they do about new sheets, towels, etc? Assume maid service is out. Do they leave a package of linens outside your door and you change your own sheets?

And how is the handoff handled for all the meals and deliveries? Does somebody knock on the door and hand you something, thereby breaking the purpose of a quarantine? Are they left outside your door for you to pick them up? There was a story of a Pilipino migrant worker getting fined for spending 8 seconds or something outside his quarantine door so how can everybody else get new supplies?

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I can only speak for the Amba Zhongshan so I don’t know if all hotels are doing this. They put a lot of sheets and towels in the room, and bunches of toilet paper and tissues. There’s a special bag to put them in and I can request more.
Meals are delivered to a little table at your door, and then they call to inform you the meal is delivered. At the breakfast and lunch call, they ask for your temperature.
There’s special trash bags for putting everything in and a basket within arms reach to put the trash bag in. They collect the trash from 8-9:30pm.
They also left a good supply of coffee and tea, a case of bottled water, and some dish soap, laundry soap, cleaning alcohol, and surface cleaner.
I ordered a paper notebook today and they brought it with lunch.
I think about that migrant worker when I open the door. My feet don’t leave the room.
One bizarre item in the room is a safe for valuables.

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That’s really bad.

They take the temperature or you do and report it? If they do it they are presumably within arms length of you.

So you must open the door to get meals and take out the trash but you can do so without stepping outside? Still means you would be breathing out into the hallway. Is the whole floor quarantine “guests”? Not that it would make any difference in the event of possibly spreading virus.

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They put a thermometer in the room, so we report our temperatures. At day 10, I’ve got a rapid test to do and report. Then at day 12, they arrange for a taxi for the final PCR test. At 12:05 am on day 15, I’m outta here!
I guess they could cut a hole in the bottom of the door and slide meals through…

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Does anyone know how it works with the quarantine system if you’ve recently transited a high-risk area? I’ll be flying from Germany but I’ll have been in the UK recently due to transit within the last 14 days of my departure towards Taiwan from Germany.

I understand that I will fill in a form 48 hours prior to my departure which I will have to list where I’ve been. Other than that will there be any other evidence I will need to provide? Because from what I understand is because of my UK transit I shouldn’t book a hotel because I’ll need to stay in a government facility?

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Prison style!

Or maybe drone delivery to the window?

Assume you couldn’t take a balcony room as that would be “outside” of your quarantine, even with a mask on.

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I got the idea for my basket for deliveries from a news report of someone who actually lowered a basket from a second floor for the Uber/Panda guys to put the food in.

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It sounds like some hotels think they signed up for the Standford prison experiment.

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My windows don’t open. Nice picture windows with a good view. So the basket drop won’t work for me. :slight_smile:

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I guess the part that sucks is the expense for captivity and crappy food. They don’t have to compete on quality or service because I’m basically a hostage.
Tonight’s meal was greasy spaghetti and a baked potato. The potato tasted great and I ate some of the meat from the spaghetti. I am very glad to have had my fresh veg box from Carrefour.

I did ask for drinks without sugar and they did change to unsweetened tea for me. Before they were sending sugary sodas and those 10% juice boxes.

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