Local Information

ELECTRICITY:

Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor ortransformer. Many buildings have sockets with 220 volts especially for the use of air conditioners.

WATER:

Water served for guests at hotels and leading restaurants is either distilled or boiled. Due to the sub-tropical and tropical climates, people are NOT advised to drink un-boiled tap water.

CURRENCY

The unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). The exchange rate, around NT$33 to US$1, has fluctuated greatly in recent years. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Please keep the receipts, if there is a need to reconvert unused NT Dollars before leaving Taiwan.

Major credit cards are accepted in most of the establishments. There is no particular tipping rule in Taiwan. A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added tax (VAT) are automatically added to room rates and meals in most of the hotels and some restaurants.

VISAS:

Tourist visas may be obtained from embassies, consulates, or designated representative offices in foreign countries, and may be valid for stay for 30 days. The privilege of visa-exempt entry is offered to citizens of 31 countries. 30-days landing visas are offered to citizens of 38 countries. For detailed information, please visit the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan : http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=1443&ctNode=536&mp=2

Countries Eligible for Visa-Exempt Entry

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, *Ireland, Italy,*Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands , *New Zealand, Norway,Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, *U.K. , U.S.A. and Vatican City State.

Countries Eligible for Landing Visa

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