In early February, Taiwan put in place border restrictions and an efficient screening and tracing system. Beginning Feb. 6, Taiwan banned the entry of anyone who had been in China or Hong Kong during the previous 14 days.
The Taiwan government made sure those under self-quarantine followed medical directions by monitoring them via GPS on phones and messaging systems, with police keeping a close tab on those who left their apartments.
It also quarantined foreign nationals. At the start of this month, the New Taipei City government imposed a maximum fine on a man who arrived from mainland China, refused to quarantine, boarded a high-speed train and then tried to catch a plane off the island.
Police officers caught up with him at a nightclub in Taipei and asked him to cough up a US$33,000 fine. By March 19, the travel ban was extended to all foreigners without Taiwanese residence certification.