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 most recent innovations in technology.

Visas

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


Currency

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
0.02 Euro (EUR)
0.02 British Pound (GBP)
0.26 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
3.40 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.04 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.03 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

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


Tipping

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.


Dress

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


Weather

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.

Today

Sunny, Thunder Showers

Partly sunny with a thunderstorm

High: 34°C / 93°F
Low: 27°C / 80°F

Tomorrow

Sunny, Thunder Showers

A thunderstorm or two in the morning

High: 34°C / 93°F
Low: 27°C / 80°F
Thursday:
Rain High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 27°C / 80°F
Friday:
Rain High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 27°C / 80°F
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
Facts

Population
Over 20 million

Language
Chinese (Mandarin, Taiwanese) and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
120 volts

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Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 WCDMA 2100 CDMA