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TRAVEL GUIDE TO TAIWAN

 

We’ve gathered the following information for  you in preparation for your trips which we thought were appropriate.  If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-785-1233.


Airport Taxes

The airport departure tax for Taipei is already included in ticket price.

Baggage

On Domestic flights, passengers are allowed 44 pounds of luggage per person. On International flights, passengers are allowed two pieces of checked luggage. Excess luggage fees will be charged if you check more than the stated allowances, and these charges are your responsibility.  At most major airports, baggage carts are available for your luggage, usually for a small additional fee.

Climate and Clothing

Taiwan is a year-round destination but the best time to visit is October-March. May-September can be rainy, humid and very hot. The island tends to be humid year-round and receives rainfall during all seasons. In the south, June and July are the hottest times; in the north, the coolest times are January and February. The typhoon season runs July-September. Take along a sweater or windbreaker for the evenings no matter when you visit.

Loose-fitting cotton clothing generally fits the bill. The exception is from mid-December to February, when the mercury might fall to a mild 10oC (50oF). But even in the summer, it pays to bring along a light sweater – air-conditioning in some restaurants and cinemas is often turned up high. Rain showers are possible during the rainy season, so also be sure to pack a light waterproof jacket.

Communications

Public phones in Taiwan are divided primarily into two types, coin and card. Coin phones accept coins in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, and NT10. For local calls, NT$1 buys one minute of phone time. Phone cards are divided into magnetic strip stored value cards and IC stored value cards, and can be used all over Taiwan. Magnetic strip cards sell for NT$100 each, and IC cards are available in NT$200 and NT$300 versions. The cards are sold in railway stations, bus stations, scenic spots, and convenience stores. International calls can be made from private cell phones, public IDD phones, or hotel IDD phones. International calls are charged in units of six seconds. The procedure for making international direct dial calls from Taiwan is as follows:

  1. Dial Taiwan’s international access code, 002
  2. Dial the country code of the country being called (1 for the U.S., 86 for mainland China, etc.)
  3. Dial in the area code of the called party (leaving out the long-distance recognition digit, “0”
  4. Dial in the number of the called party. For operator-assisted international calls, please dial “100.” For international information, call this free number : 0800080100.

Mobile phone coverage is excellent in Taiwan, except some remote mountainous areas.

Reduced price periods and fees for International Subscriber Dialing (ISD) are as follows: 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. daily, 12:00 noon Saturday – all day Sunday – 8:00 a.m. Monday, and all day on national holidays.

Internet: There is plenty of internet cafes, wifi network is commonly available in most of the hotels, restaurants and major MRT stations.

Currency

Taiwan’s unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$), which has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Paper money comes in NT$2000, NT$1000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100 denominations. Coins come in NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5 and NT$1 denominations. The current exchange rate is approximately US $1 to NT$33. The current exchange rate of US$1= aprox. 29NT (July 2013).

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.

Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted and traveler’s checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels. ATM’s are available throughout Taiwan.

Customs Regulations

According to related laws and regulations, the luggage of inbound and outbound passengers must come under customs supervision and control. Passengers should make accurate declarations to customs officials regarding the luggage they carry into or out of the territory. Please visit the General of Customs for more information.

Electricity

Voltage in Taiwan is 110 volts. For the average tourist, electrical equipment such as hair dryers and shavers do not require converters. Most major hotels provide hair dryers and other amenities.

Food and Water

Tap water is not safe to drink everywhere, especially in rural areas. We recommend you drink only bottled water. Mineral water including major imported brands can be easily obtained from super markets, convenience stores and other similar places.

Health Matters

There are no inoculations required for entering Taiwan from anywhere around the world. Medical systems and facilities in Taiwan are well established so that you can expect to receive a high standard medical treatment, should you have a problem with your health during your stay.

Holidays

New Year’s Day – Jan 1st
Foundation Day of the ROC – Jan 1st
Chinese Lunar year (3 days) January/ February
Peace Memorial Day – Feb 28th
Tomb Sweeping Day – April
Dragon Boat Festival – June
Moon Festival – September
Double Tenth National Day – Oct 10th
Christmas Day – December 25th

Passports and Visas

US passport holders are allowed to enter Taiwan without a visa for up to 90 days, as long as you have a valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry. Passport valid less than 6 months may apply for a landing visa, for more enquires please visit the government website.

Time Difference

Standard Time in Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, USA.

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in most places in Taiwan. The one exception is tipping the bellboy when you check into a hotel. On tour of $10-$12 tipping per person per day is customary.

Transportation

All airport and sightseeing transportation are included in our tours. Unless specifically arranged, all sightseeing and transfers are provided via air-conditioned motor-coach.

Transport systems are efficient, safe, affordable and frequent public in Taipei. Taxis and Rail service are two of the best ways to get around if you wish to explore on your own. Rail stations and maps are written in both Chinese and English and provide travelers a convenient way to travel from Taipei.   Buses, however, can be confusing as fare structure and system of payment differ, not to mention destination signs and bus schedules are all written in Chinese.

What to Pack?

Valid Passport. Travelers Checks. Copy of Your Airline Ticket. Your Medicines. Departure documents. Travel alarm clock. Camera(s), batteries & films. Sunscreen/Tan lotion.  Pocket size Kleenex. Extra luggage locks/keys. First Aid kit. Soft, foldable slippers. Extra set of eyeglasses. Folding Umbrella.  Comfortable walking shoes.