Travel Advice for Taiwan
Taiwan
Capital: Taipei

Time Zone GMT + 8
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 886
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 002
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 110 (Chinese only).
Tourist
Information
Taiwan Visitors Association, 5th Floor, 9 Minchuan East Road, Section 2, Taipei, Taiwan, Tel: (2) 594 3261 Fax: (2) 594 3265.
Passport
Information
All travellers must have passports which must be valid for 6 months. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except nationals of : Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK provided their stay does not excee d 14 days, they are holding a passport valid for at least 6 months and are of previous good character. If staying for more than 14 days and nationals of other EU countries do require a visa. Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA provided their stay does not exceed 14 days and they are holding a passport valid for at least 6 months and are of previous good character.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Not a problem. Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from anyone arriving from an infected area.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) = 100 cents.
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to NT$ 40000. All exchange receipts must be retained. Export of foreig n currency is limited to the equivalent of US$ 5000 for passengers leaving within 6 months of arrival.
Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. US dollars are the preferred currency.
ATM availability: Over 1400 locations.
Cost of
Living
It is possible to live relatively cheaply by shopping at markets. Good quality, cheap, accommodation may be more difficult to find.
Languages Mandarin (Chinese), English and Japanese.
Weather Subtropical climate with moderate temperatures in the North where there is a winter season. June - Oct is the typhoon season.
Electricity 110 Volts Ac 60 Hz.
Post Up to 10 days.
Transport ROAD: There is an adequate road system joining all major cities.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP is required.
BUS: Local and long distance bus services operate.
TAXI: There a re numerous taxis which are inexpensive - but beware of drivers.
RAIL: Air-conditioned, electric trains run hourly.
Special
Information
Taiwan is sensitive to political discussions regarding neighbouring China; but is still heavily influenced by Chinese culture. However as a major economic force in the Pacific it has adopted western free-market practices.