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Quick Facts

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Tainan, the ancient capital of Taiwan, is situated on the southern coastal plains of the island.  The city is Taiwan’s oldest and fourth-largest city. Tainan is well-known for its many historical sites, with more than 50 of them being listed as national treasures.  In addition, many native Taiwanese cuisines originate from Tainan.


Foreign nationals who intend to stay in Taiwan for less than six months for the purpose of transit, tourism or visiting relatives require:

  • A passport valid for at least six months
  • A completed application form with two photos
  • An outbound airline ticket or verifiable proof of purchase
  • Documents verifying the purpose of their visit.

Visa FAQ from the Bureau of Consular Affairs


The official currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD), also known as the TWD and sometimes written as NT$.

Here are the recent exchange rates for some common currencies:

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

NTD 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.032 Euro (EUR)
0.027 British Pound (GBP)
0.28 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
4.09 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.049 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.036 US Dollar (USD)


A value-added tax (VAT) of 5% is added to all purchase amounts.  VAT is refundable for tourists making purchases only at participating shops.


A service charge of 10% is usually added automatically to all hotel and restaurant bills. If not, a 10% tip is appropriate for waiters.

Business Hours

Bank Hours 
9am - 3.30pm, Monday through Friday.

Office Hours
8 / 9am - 5 / 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Shop Hours
Department stores are open from 11am to 9pm daily.

Public Health

Taiwan offers a full range of modern healthcare facilities and excellent hospitals.

Drinking bottled or boiled water is recommended. Bottled drinking water is available in your hotel room, with our compliments.


Light clothing is recommended for the summer months and a sweater for the cooler months. Suits are appropriate for business occasions and meetings.


Tainan enjoys warm to hot temperatures throughout the year. Average summer temperatures range from 29°C to 32°C, and from 10°C to 20°C during the winter.

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 23ºC 13ºC
Feb 23ºC 14ºC
Mar 26ºC 17ºC
Apr 28ºC 20ºC
May 30ºC 23ºC
Jun 31ºC 24ºC
Jul 31ºC 25ºC
Aug 31ºC 25ºC
Sep 31ºC 23ºC
Oct 30ºC 22ºC
Nov 27ºC 19ºC
Dec 25ºC 16ºC



Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

110 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800