on June 28th, 2019 (JST) current information.
Furthermore, the details under "Visa" and "Passport" are for Japanese nationals.
This information is likely to change suddenly, so please contact the relevant official authority (e.g., embassy) for the latest information.
Immigration and Visa
Japanese citizens staying up to ninety days for tourism do not need a visa provided you have a reserved onward or return airline or cruise ticket for leaving the country. Visas are required for stays of longer duration or studying abroad.
Your passport must be valid for at least the number of days of your stay (from August 15, 2017).
When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into Taiwan.
- a. Live animals (excluding dogs, cats, or rabbits that have been permitted)
- b. Regular meats
- c. Processed meats
- d. Raw eggs (raw egg products; e.g. century eggs)
- e. Fertilizers or feed with animal components
- f. Raw milk
- g. Biological preparations
- h. Other unprocessed animal products (e.g. animal oils or fats that have not been heat processed)
- i. Swallow’s nests that have been taken directly without processing (e.g. blood, feathers, and impurities have not been processed)
- j. Live fish, fertilized fish eggs
- k. Live crustaceans or mollusks
- l. Fish products that have not been gutted
- m. Herbal medicines that contain animal components
- Fine of 3,000 yuan or more. Up to 1,000,000 yuan for meat.
- n. Soil or plants with soil attached
- o. Fruit
- p. Noxious organisms or live noxious insects
- q. Specified parasitic plants or products made from such plants
- Fine of 3,000 yuan or more.
Bringing in e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes (heat-not-burn tobacco products) are prohibited.
Documents required at the time of immigration
To enter Taiwan, you need to submit a disembarkation card and possibly a customs declaration form.
- Visa, passport, and other information is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check with the Embassy, Consulate, or travel agency.
For bringing and possession of tax-free cigarettes
- Liquor: Up to 1,000ml per person aged 20 or over.
- Tobacco: Up to 200 cigarettes or 1 pound of tobacco product per adult aged 20 or older.
Time difference and Daylight Saving Time
There is a time difference of 1 hour compared to Japan (GMT+8:00). Noon in Japan is 11 a.m. in Taiwan. Daylight saving time is not observed in Taiwan.
The long, narrow main island of Taiwan, which runs south and north, consists of the subtropical zone in the north and tropical zone in the south, divided by the Tropic of Cancer which cuts across the center of the island. Taipei is warm throughout the year, with only a long summer and short winter and no clear distinctions in seasons.
- Spring (March to May) : Can even feel hot on a fine day, but temperatures may drop in the morning and evening
- Summer (June to September) : Typhoon season. It can get very humid and hot. Air conditioners are used excessively indoors, making it almost cold.
- Autumn (October to November) : Cool in the morning and evening, but hot during the day when clear.
- Winter (December to February) : It can feel like Japanese spring, but a sweater becomes necessary at times when hit by cold waves.
Temperature and precipitation in Taipei
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Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip
Currency and Exchange Rate
Banknotes and coins used in Taiwan
The currency used in Taiwan is the Taiwanese Yuan. It is referred to as 元 (yuan) in short. Written also as the New Taiwan dollar (NTDollar) or 圓 (yuan), and commonly called 塊 (kuai) in spoken language. The exchange rate as of June 6, 2019 is 1 yuan, approx. JPY3.9. Primarily distributed banknote denominations are 100 NTD, 200 NTD, 500 NTD, 1,000 NTD, and 2,000 NTD. 1 NTD, 5 NTD, 10 NTD, 20 NTD, and 50 NTD coins are also distributed.
Consumption tax is 5% in Taiwan. There is a tax refund system for foreign travelers. At department stores and other stores that are eligible for the procedure, you can receive a refund for the consumption tax minus a 14% service charge for purchases of 2,000 yuan or more per day. If the purchase amount is 48,000 yuan or less, you will receive the refund the same day at the shop where you made your purchase. You must apply the day of purchase and must present your passport.
It is not customary to leave tips. Food and beverage fees at high-class shops and lodging fees have service charges added in advance. When receiving special service or if someone went out of their way to do something for you, a tip can be left as gratitude (as a rule of thumb, around the price of a simple meal; 100 yuan).
Voltage and plug
110V, 60Hz. In most cases, electronic products from Japan can be used directly, but using a transformer is recommended for delicate equipment such as a computer. Plug shapes are the same as Japan.Although rare, there are some type C or type O sockets, so it is best to have a set of adapter plugs handy.
Video and DVD
Video and DVD
When buying video software on DVD or Blu-ray, be sure to check the television encoding system and region code. The television encoding system for Taiwan is NTSC, the same as Japan. Blu-rays are region code A, the same as Japan. DVDs are region 2 in Japan and region 3 in Taiwan. Software cannot be played on a DVD or blue-ray player with a different region code, but it can be played if either the software itself or the DVD or Blu-ray player is region-free.
Post Office Business Hours
Mon. to Fri. 8:00 to 17:00. Closed on Sat., Sun. and holidays.
For airmails to Japan, postcards are 10 yuan, sealed letters up to 10g are 13 yuan and parcels up to 5kg are 920 yuan.
How to phone
Telephoning Japan from Taiwan
Ex. When calling (03) 1234-5678 or (090) 1234-5678
dial 002, or 005, 007, 009, 012 (International telephone identification numbers)
81 (Country Code, Japan)
3 or 90 (Remove the first 0 for area codes and mobile telephone numbers)
1234-5678 (Other parties telephone No.)
Telephoning Taiwan from Japan
Ex. When calling Taipei (02) 1234-5678
International Telephone Company No.
- 001 (KDDI)*1
- 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
- 0061 (SoftBank Telecom) *1
- 005345 (au Mobile) *2
- 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
- 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
010 (International Identification No.)
886 (Country Code, Taiwan)
2 (Remove the first 0 from telephone numbers)
1234-5678 (Other parties telephone No.)
- *1.Not required if you have an international registration with "My Line" or "My Line Plus". See URL My Line/My Line Plus(www.myline.org) for details.
- *2.au does not require 005345.
- *3.Pre-registration to World Wing is required for NTT DoCoMo. Does not require 009130.
- *4.Call are possible without dialing 0046 from SoftBank.
- For the three cell phone carriers, hold down 0 until + appears, then add the country code and the phone number your wish to dial.
Holiday / National holiday
Holiday / National holiday
The solar calendar (Gregorian calendar) and the lunar calendar (old calendar, Chinese calendar) are used together. Note that the dates of holidays that are based on the lunar calendar change every year.
Be sure to check the dates when planning, since Mondays can become compensatory holidays when a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
- January 1: New Year's day
- Old calendar last day of December: Old calendar New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year's Eve (February 4 in 2019)*1
- Old calendar January 1 to 3: Chinese New Year, Spring Festival (Closed from February 5 to 7, February 2 to 10, 2019)*1
- February 28: 228 Memorial Day (commemoration of the 228 Incident.Closed until March 3, 2019)
- April 4: Children's Day
- April 5: Qingming Festival. Entire family worships ancestors (Closed from April 4 to 7)*1
- Old calendar May 5: Dragon Boat Festival (Closed from june 7 to 9, 2019)*1
- Old calendar July 15: Ghost Festival. Welcoming and sending off spirits of the dead (August 25 in 2019)*1 *2
- Old calendar August 15: Mid-autumn Festival (September 24 in 2019)*1
- October 10: National Day
- October 25: Taiwan Retrocession Day. To commemorate the return of Taiwan to the Republic of China*2
- December 25: Constitution Day. Day of the promulgation of the Constitution of the Republic of China*2
- *1.The dates of holidays that are based on the lunar calendar change every year.
- *2.Dates that are marked as important memorial dates, but are not national holidays.
Chinese. English is understood at around the same level as in Japan. Rather, Japanese is more understood around tourist areas or hotels.
Business hours, etc
Similar to Japan, businesses are generally closed two days a week. Below is a guide for general business hours. Hours vary for shops and restaurants.
Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 15:30, Saturday, Sunday and holidays closed.
generally 11:00 to 21:30
Slightly early, around 9:00 p.m. Even stores that are generally always open may take holidays on the Chinese New Year (referred to as Spring Festival in Taiwan), Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-autumn Festival.
24-hours a day, most shops are open 365 days a year.
Legal age for smoking and drinking is 18.
Inside the MRT or buses and on station premises, etiquette violations (smoking, eating and drinking, etc.) are enforced stricter than Japan, and violators are imposed fines of 1500 yuan or more and 7500 yuan or less.
It is customary in Taiwan to stand on the right side and leave the left side open for people in hurry.
For the purpose of protecting the environment, distribution of shopping bags at all stores including convenience stores are charged a fee (approx. 1 to 2 yuan). Although it may be a bit inconvenient, carry a bag with you when you go shopping.
Smoking in public places including hotels are prohibited by law. Violations can result in a 10,000 yuan fine. Smoking is allowed in designated smoking spaces. Also, e-cigarettes (heat-not-burn tobacco products) are prohibited to bring in.
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