VISITOR INFORMATION


About Taiwan

Taiwan, the Kingdom of the Butterfly, was christened FORMOSA or "beautiful island" by Portuguese marines in the 16th century. Hundred and sixty kilometers from the southeastern coast of China, located midway between Korea and Japan to the north and Hong Kong and the Philippines to the south, Taiwan is a natural gateway for travelers to and within Asia.

For more information, please visit the website of the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan at http://www.tbroc.gov.tw

About Taipei

Located in northern Taiwan, Taipei is a city brings together the traditional and the new, the cutting edge and the conservative. Taipei offers areas of spectacular natural beauty, streets lined with shops selling all kinds of products, bustling night markets, countless restaurants with Chinese gourmet and numerous international hotels. National Palace Museum in Taipei houses the world’s finest collection of Chinese art. Taipei 101 building was the tallest building in the world and the landmark in Taipei, it shows the modern and contemporary side of Taipei. Taipei is certainly a city that has so many things to offer to its guests, no matter it’s for business or pleasure.

If you would like to learn more about Taipei, please visit Taipei City Government online at http://english.taipei.gov.tw/

Visa information

For more information about Visa please visit :
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Visa-Exempt Entry

Countries eligible for Visa-exempt entry:

  • Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, *Ireland, Italy, *Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands , New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, *U.K., U.S.A. and Vatican City State
  • Passport holders of India, Thailand, Philippines, Viet Nam, Indonesia, who also possess a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand. Travelers meeting the above qualifications and having never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar workers, have to first register information concerning their documents and personal data into the “Advance Online Registration System for the Visitors of Nationals from Five Southeast Asian Countries to Taiwan”. Upon completion, the printed confirmation is used to validate the traveler during the boarding and the immigration check. During the immigration check, travelers who can not show a valid visa or permanent resident visa issued by one of the aforementioned developed countries will not be admitted into the country.

Requirements:

  • A passport with validity of at least six months upon entry .

    • Visa-exempt entry only applicable to formal passports, not including emergency, temporary, other informal passports or travel documents.
    • Japanese Citizen is entitled to validity of passport at least three months, under same other requirements. (unless otherwise stipulated by treaty or agreement)
  • A confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
  • No criminal record or not listed by the local authorities.

Duration of stay:

  • 30 days ( Japanese , U.K. , Ireland and New Zealand passport holders can stay 90 days), The 30 /90 days' duration of stay starts from the next day of arrival and is not extendable. Travelers must depart by the end of the said 30/90 days. Please click here for " Penalty for overstay". Visa-exempt entry cannot be converted to other types of visas.
  • However, aliens entering the R.O.C. through visa-exemption may apply for a visitor visa within the visa-exemption period on the following conditions at the Bureau of Consular Affairs and branch offices of MOFA. 。 in case of severe acute diseases, natural disasters or other force majeure reasons, which hold them back from leaving the R.O.C. 。 white- collar professionals obtaining the work permit within. the visa-exemption period, plus their spouse and minors (under age 20) entering the R.O.C. together.
  • U.K. passport holders please go to "Notice for British Passport Holders Who Entered Taiwan Visa-Free and Are Applying for an Extension of Stay".

Landing Visa

Countries eligible for Landing Visas:

  • Holders of emergency or temporary passports with validity more than six months for nationals of those countries eligible for visa-exempt entry.
  • Holders of USA passport with validity less than six months.

Requirements:

  • A confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
  • Fill out an application form with one photo.
  • Visa fee of NT$ 1,600 (citizens of countries with reciprocal agreements shall be issued visas gratis) plus a handling fee of NT$ 800; For U.S. citizens: see remarks
  • No criminal record or not listed by the local authorities.

Duration of stay:
30 days. The 30 days' duration of stay starts from the next day of arrival and is not extendable. Travelers must depart by the end of the said 30 days. Visa-exempt entry cannot be converted to other types of visas.

Remarks:
Holders of USA passport with validity less than six months.

  • Passengers shall apply for a visa at ROC Overseas Missions and be charged a special handling fee of equal amount NT$4,620.
  • Passengers who apply for visas upon arrival at the ports of entry in the ROC shall be charged a special handling fee of equal amount NT$4,620 plus an additional fee of NT$800.A single entry visa of which duration of stay is no more than 30 days may be granted.

Other Information:
Passengers entering the Republic of China through the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport may apply for a landing visa at the Visa Office of Consular Affairs Bureau at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Currency

The local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (currency code: TWD/ common abbreviation: NT$). The current exchange rate is approximately TWD 31.89 : USD 1 (as of 17 Steptember. 2010). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at airports and a number of hotels and government-designated banks. Major credit cards (Mastercard, VISA) are widely accepted, and traveler’s checks may be accepted by a number of tourist-oriented shops and at most international tourist hotels and banks.

Useful currency converter website: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

Electricity

Taiwan's electric current is 110 V, 60 Hz which is the same as the U.S. and there are two type of receptacle:
Type A, please see: http://electricaloutlet.org/type-a
Type B, please see: http://electricaloutlet.org/type-b

Time Zone

Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Useful world time and date converter website: http://www.timeanddate.com/

Climate

Taiwan enjoys a subtropical climate, with warm, mild weather the year round. The average temperature of Taipei during the conference is around 23°C-27°C (73°F-80°F).

Please go to Central Weather Bureau for more information.

Airport Transportation

Bus and taxi services are available at the Taiwan TaoYuan Airport (TTY Airport).

Bus Service
The bus fare is about NT$145 to get to Taipei from the TTY Airport. For more information please visit website at

http://www.taoyuanairport.gov.tw/english/Publish.jsp?cnid=100150



Taxi Service
The cost is approximately NT$1,200 ~ NT$1,500 to get to Taipei from the TTY Airport. For more information please visit website at

http://www.taoyuanairport.gov.tw/english/Publish.jsp?cnid=1218

 

General Transportation

Taxi
The rate for taxi in Taipei city is NT$70 for the first 1.25 kilometers and NT$ 5 for each additional 250 meters. A "waiting surcharge" for each 1 minute and 40 seconds is added to NT$ 5, when the taxi is stopped. In addition, NT$20 surcharge is added between 11p.m. and 6 a.m. Different rates apply in other areas.

MRT
The Metropolitan Rapid Transportation (MRT) system run by the city government provides the most convenient commuting service between downtown and suburban of Taipei. For more information please visit website at

http://english.trtc.com.tw/

 

Business Hours

For the most government agencies’ office hours are from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays. Banking hours are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday. Private companies are usually more flexible with their working hours. Most stores remain open until late both on weekdays and weekends, and there are plenty of 24-hour convenience stores around the city.

Taxes

A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added tax are mostly added to room rates and meals. No tipping is needed when diet in a restaurant.