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 most 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:
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.
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.
Bank Hours9am - 3.30pm, Monday through Friday
Office Hours8 / 9am to 4 / 5pm, Monday through Friday
Shop Hours10 / 11am to 9 / 10pm, Monday through Sunday
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.
Cloudy and cooler with a little rain
Mostly cloudy, a little rain; warmer
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PopulationOver 20 million
LanguageChinese (Mandarin, Taiwanese) and English
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800
201 Tun Hwa South Road, Section 2, Taipei, 106, Taiwan
T:(886 2) 2378 8888
F:(886 2) 2377 7777
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