Taiwan

A snapshot of the vast history of China can be experienced on this relatively tiny island, whose well-preserved Buddhist temples and internationally renowned museums and shrines escaped the Cultural Revolution. Scenic mountains reaching 10,000 feet and deep river gorges dominate the eastern side of the island, while Taipei, the capital city on the northern tip boasts some of the world’s best street food and Taipei 101 – formerly the world’s tallest building. Most tourists haven’t yet discovered Taiwan, but that just means there are incredible travel secrets to be discovered for those who seek this beautiful island.

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Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Taiwan? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Taipei
Population:  23.55 million
Currency: The New Taiwan dollar (TWD)
Languages: Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin Chinese & Standard Chinese 
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: UTC +8

Weather

The north part of Taiwan belongs to sub-tropical climate zone, while the south part belongs to the tropical climate zone. Winters are warm and summers are hot with frequent rains and thunderstorms. Because Taiwan is a relatively small island, the ocean breezes have a cooling effect so it never feels too hot.

Entry requirements

A U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least one month after your return date, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Taiwan for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Taiwan provides a variety of things to buy during your stay. At the night markets, food and souvenirs are the main goods. If you want to bring home something more exquisite, you can select a few pieces of jade for yourself. Crystals are also a fine choice and travelers normally purchase crystal bracelets and earrings for loved ones back home. Pottery and ceramic also make great decoration pieces and the hand-painted pieces are a delight to behold.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no requirements for travel to Taiwan, but immunization against polio, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis are recommended. Be sure to take insect repellent!

A note on blood and transfusions: RH negative and type O bloods are not commonly stored in China. There have also been problems with HIV contaminated blood supplies.

Center for Disease Control

Power & Adapters

110/120 volts. Plugs A & B. No converters or adapters needed. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Except for bellhops and service personnel in International Hotels, tipping in Taiwan is generally not expected. For restaurants, they will just add 10-15% to your check.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where do you get the best exchange rates in Taiwan?

    You will get the best exchange rates at banks which often charge commission which can differ depending whether you are exchanging cash or travelers checks.

  2. Are ATMs available in Taiwan?

    ATMs are located all throughout Taiwan most commonly outside of banks and in shopping complexes and malls. Many major foreign bank cards and credit cards are acceptable, though many banks impose a fee every time you use a card at another bank's ATM. This fee can be higher for international transactions.

  3. Are credit cards accepted in Taiwan?

    Credit Cards are accepted almost everywhere in Taiwan though many of the smaller shops will give better rates if you pay in cash with local currency. Just beware of hidden credit card fees for international transactions.

  4. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad