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Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Taiwan is a leaf-shaped island straddling the Tropic of Cancer about 200 kilometres (120 miles) off the eastern coast of mainland China. Named the "Beautiful Island" (Ilha Formosa) by Portuguese merchants, the island has a long history as a centre of trade in the region.

Taiwan's lively and colourful culture celebrates the interesting juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern. Outstanding examples of Chinese heritage co-exist with the recent innovations in technology.


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 most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

NTD 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.032 Euro (EUR)
0.027 British Pound (GBP)
0.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
4.29 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.046 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.034 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 to 4 / 5pm, Monday through Friday

Shop Hours
10 / 11am to 9 / 10pm, Monday through Sunday

Public Health

Good medical facilities are available. We advise you to drink either boiled or bottled water. Tap water in the hotel is potable.

Bottled drinking water is also available in the hotel room, compliments of Shangri-La.


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


Taipei 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 17ºC 15ºC
Feb 17ºC 15ºC
Mar 20ºC 16ºC
Apr 24ºC 20ºC
May 27ºC 23ºC
Jun 28ºC 25ºC
Jul 29ºC 27ºC
Aug 31ºC 29ºC
Sep 30ºC 28ºC
Oct 27ºC 24ºC
Nov 23ºC 19ºC
Dec 19ºC 14ºC

Over 20 million

Chinese (Mandarin, Taiwanese) and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

120 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 WCDMA 2100 CDMA