Our four days became three days when our Sunday flight from Jakarta to Taipei was canceled and we were moved to Monday. Lucky for us the Jakarta condo we are staying was available for the extra night.
Our taxi driver arrives a little early for our ride to the airport - great! We wear masks as we enter the departures area and are aware that our body temperatures are being monitored. We must not be running a fever, as we’re allowed through. The Jakarta airport is very quiet and the airport lounge is nice. Because of the flight cancellation for the previous day EVA is using a larger plane which has a 2-4-2 configuration and William and I settle into one of the 2’s. It’s a good flight which arrives a little early.
Again, temperature scanners are monitoring everyone who enters the country. We’re asked to fill out extra paperwork regarding our travel history and must attest to our health. We’re also given a paper explaining the symptoms of SARS, MERS and COVID-19 and what do do if we develop the symptoms. By the time we’re through immigration our masks are back in our backpacks. The CDC doesn’t advise using them unless you have symptoms or are caring for someone with the virus, but 95% of the people here are wearing them. The question is...is this their cultural norm, or is this due to the virus? Probably a little of both. When we arrive at the taxi stand they hand us masks before allowing us to get into the car.
When we arrive at the Roaders Hotel they must take our temperature before allowing us to check in. The desk clerk sanitizes an in-the-ear thermometer with alcohol then takes the temperature. Thank goodness they don’t have to use a rectal thermometer (as our brother-in-law likes to tease “the way momma used to take temperatures”). Of course we also have to provide our travel history and attest to our health.