They are indeed, and they’re doing a fine job of it.
I am constitutionally offended, not actually offended. It’s a knee jerk reaction on my part. Bitching about government overreach is one of my favorite pastimes, as you may know.
Anyway, I can and do appreciate government that’s done well. And Taiwan is doing a bang-up job here. I am 100% behind their actions (I actually have a lot to say about this that may, or may not, be said later).
To begin with, EVA Air were fantastic in LAX. Boarding an international flight to Taiwan is completely different than it was five weeks ago. For one thing, there’s significant paper and app work involved. For another, there were, by my count, 13 EVA Air staff members present at the gate at LAX. I had never seen more than 5 (possibly 6) before.
The landing system was smooth, with minimal barking by airport staff airside at TPE. There was a “brief” interview to get though, then a longer one to be entered into a terminal (with English speakers there to help). Then a stop at the CDC desk where I got info about my quarantine conditions and paperwork, and information about booking a quarantine taxi back home.
With a new special-entry visa in hand, clearing customs did take longer (I think the interview lasted about ten minutes or so), but the customs folks were very friendly.
About 3 hours after reaching my new home in Hsinchu (wife rented - and kitted out - separate digs in my absence), I got a call from the popo. She was very nice, and I sat for another interview. The popo visited me personally about 90 minutes after that, to take a snapshot of me and to deliver a bag of food. About 90 minutes after that, I was given instructions to download a tracking app (again by the local police). And at 6pm yesterday, I got a call.
For the next 14 days I no longer control my phone’s mic, camera, or GPS functions. That’s a small price to pay, imho, for the results Taiwan has achieved so far. And while I like a good bitchin’, I will be the first to say that Taiwan has done a bang-up job by me so far.