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Visitors to Taiwan should ensure that their passport or travel document is valid for at least 6 months and proof of ongoing travel must be held. It is also advisable to carry documents verifying the purpose of your visit. An automatic fourteen-day visa-free privilege is afforded to residents of selected countries and certain nationalities can apply for a thirty-day landing visa on arrival.
All other foreign nationals, not entitled to use the visa-exempt privilege, are required to obtain a valid visa prior to arrival in Taiwan. Visa information can change and should be checked.
Receipts are issued when currency is exchanged and these should be kept if you wish to exchange NT$ before departing the country.
Visitors may take the following into Taiwan duty free:
- Alcohol - 1 litre of alcoholic beverages
- Tobacco - 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 454g (1lb) of tobacco
Penalties for carrying or trafficking illegal drugs are extremely severe, ranging from long prison sentences to the death penalty.
Taiwanese time: GMT + 8 hours
- New Taiwanese Dollar (NT$) - Check current exchange rates
- 100 cents = 1 NT$
- Notes issued NT$1000, NT$500, NT$100, NT$50
- Coins issued in NT$50, NT$10, NT$5, NT$1
Tipping is optional in most situations, although some large hotels and restaurants may add a 10% service charge to the bill. Tip porters around NT$50.
- Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
- Saturday 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan; however many residents also speak the local Taiwanese dialect. English is not widely spoken.
The international dialling code for Taiwan is 886
When making international calls from Taiwan, first dial 002 +country code + area code + telephone number
Local Telephone Codes
- 110 volts and 60 cycles AC
- Flat two and three pin plugs are most common. A universal adapter is an important travel item.
Tap water should be boiled before consumption; however bottled water is widely available.
The standard of medical service available around the country can vary; therefore you should ensure that you have adequate health insurance covering evacuation. Generally, there are no need for inoculations but always check the current situation and vaccination requirements with a doctor when planning your trip.
- Taipei - Chiang Kai-Shek
International Airport Departure Tax
- Green Island
- Orchid Island
- Taipei - Sungshan
Domestic Airport Departure Tax
As with many Asian countries, situations should be avoided which would cause a loss of "face". Try to steer clear of confrontation as it is not appreciated and will only worsen rather than resolve any situation.
Casual and smart clothes can be worn around city and country locations in Taiwan, although some restaurants and bars do have a dress code. On beaches, topless sunbathing is never acceptable.
A limited number of countries have diplomatic representation in Taiwan.
Useful Sources of Information
Further information on Taiwanese culture and tourist attractions.
- Taiwan: Arts, Attractions, History
|Season||Average temperature||Average rainfall|
|Spring (March - May)||21 - 25°C||193mm|
|Summer (June - August)||24 - 33°C||275mm|
|Autumn (September - November)||20 - 27°C||144mm|
|Winter (December - February)||12 - 29°C||97mm|
Taiwan straddles the Tropic of Cancer in the Pacific Ocean and enjoys a sub-tropical climate with four seasons - spring, summer, autumn, winter.
- Summer - rainfall is at its highest and the weather tends to be hot and humid. Visibility is quite often poor at this time of year due to low cloud and mist and there is also a high possibility of typhoons between June and October.
- Winter - usually mild, however temperatures can drop below average.
In general, lightweight clothing should be worn most of the year and warmer clothes are necessary in the cooler months.
Best time to visit: During the spring or autumn when both humidity and temperatures are comfortable and rainfall is relatively low.
Carry a lightweight jumper as it can be chillingly cold inside air-conditioned buildings during hot weather.