So you’re thinking of going to Taiwan for a vacation but you don’t know where to start. Before booking that ticket, I’ve got 12 things for you to consider in your travel checklist to Taiwan.
Taiwan offers visa-exempt entry for some nationalities for up to 90 days! All you have to do is check the latest information from Taiwan’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As of writing, it contains the following information:
|Foreign nationals eligible for visa-exempt entry||
Special Note for Philippine Passport Holders
As you’ve read above, we need to show proof of accommodation booking, the host’s contact information and sufficient travel funds. A recent copy of your bank statement that contains your bank balance is sufficient proof. If you are a Filipino student in Japan, about 100,000 yen may be adequate. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip to Taiwan.
Online Arrival Card
Skip the queue for the printouts and save time by filling up the online arrival card in advance here.
Weather and Temperature
Taiwan is an ideal place if you despise extremes in temperature. Normally, the temperatures would range from about 12 -33 degrees Celsius. If you don’t like the rain and typhoon to ruin your holiday, best avoid the months of July-September. But we’re visiting in August and I’ll tell you more about it in another article. Moreover, Taiwan celebrates Chinese New Year so it is best to avoid this season (late January to early February) since most shops will be closed and accommodations will be relatively more expensive.
The temperature and rainfall data shown in holiday-weather.com is summarized below:
Check out Taiwan’s real time weather updates here.
There is no way to predict the future and we all hope for the best. Of course. The best armor we have is our insurance. If you have a credit card that covers your travel insurance, then that is the best option. Otherwise, I’d often go for World Nomads.
Documents to Bring
- Insurance: Trip cancellation/medical information and contacts
- Visa (if needed)
- ID: Driver’s License, National ID
- Photocopies of Passport, Visa, Airline Tickets, and IDs
- Airline tickets
Errands before departure
- Wash clothing
- Throw out the garbage
- Check the electricity, water, and gas
- Lock all doors
- Hepatitis A
- Check weight
- Check for dangerous goods
- Emergency medications
- Cellphone and Electronics with charger
- Feminine Stuff
- Hair brush/comb
- Neck pillow (if required)
The New Taiwan dollar is the official currency of Taiwan (Republic of China) with the currency code TWD, and symbols like NT$, $, or a Chinese character 元 (yuán) following the amount. The following images showing the currencies in Taiwan were taken from Wikipedia:
Currency exchange is strictly regulated by the government and you can only exchange money at banks or authorized businesses. The most convenient way to use exchange currencies in Taiwan is to bring an International-transaction enabled ATM like the Philippine’s BPI International ATM card. Otherwise here are some of the options:
Taoyuan International Airport
Bank Of Taiwan (24 hours Currency Exchange)
Mega International Commercial Bank Co., Ltd. (24 hours Currency Exchange)
Outside of the Airport
Biglittleisland.com said that some banks will take a flat fee of $100 to $300 NTD no matter how many you want to exchange but Mega Bank offers the best deal even inside the Taoyuan airport. Since there’s a flat fee to the transaction, it’s best to just exchange bulk of your money in one go.
Staying Connected (Travel SIM cards/WIFI)
In Taiwan, SIM cards can be purchased in city shops, at the airport, or in advance online with a simple pickup at the airport. Make sure, though, that your mobile accepts other SIM cards (unlocked) and is compatible with Taiwan’s mobile network services. Check your mobile’s compatibility here. You will be required to show two forms of identification. Hence, bring two forms of ID: a passport and secondary form of ID such as a Japan Residence Card/Driver’s License.
If you are travelling in a group and would be expected to be together most of the time, you can save on your mobile network fees by booking a pocket WIFI, instead. So you could reserve a WIFI online, then pickup it up at the designated locations.
Personally, I prefer getting a SIM card so I can call anyone from outside the hotel whenever there is a need to and just share the mobile network via hotspot. The disadvantage of doing this is that my phone battery will likely be drained faster.
How to book the SIM cards/WIFI online
Register to Klook and get a ¥349.1 discount by clicking here. Then click the links below:
SIM CARD (Pick-up from Taiwan Airport/ Taipei Songshan)
SIM CARD (Pick-up from other Airport)
Important Contact Numbers
Emergency Numbers (Free Service) – Police 110
(Free Service) – Fire, Ambulance 119
(Free Service) – Emergency Call (For Bad Cell Phone Reception) 112
Although Taiwan has an online timetable for railways, it can be difficult to navigate as a newbie. Taipei Metro also offers an online table and some passes. This trip planner combines all options, too. Then, of course, Google Map is often always pretty handy in giving options for both private and public transport.
One common advice among tourists is to get the Easycard, which allows passengers to conveniently ride the Taipei MRT or bus systems cash-free. Like Japan’s PASMO, it cal also be used in 7-11, Family Mart, other convenience stores and supermarkets. The initial face value is NT$100 but you can easily reload it.
Taiwan has the same electrical standard as the US, Canada and Japan: 110V, 60Hz AC. They use plug types A and B:
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