Taipei(Taoyuan)

on May 15th, 2020 (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

Visa

For Japanese nationals, no visa is required for stays of up to ninety days for tourism. You must present a reserved airline (or cruise) ticket for your return trip to Japan or to the next destination. Visas are required for stays of longer duration.

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least the intended number of days of your stay at the time of arrival in Taiwan.

Quarantine

When visiting from Japan, it is prohibited to bring the following items into Taiwan.

Animals

  • 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.

Plants

  • 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.

Customs

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, 25 cigars, or 1 pound (about 454 g) of tobacco products per adult aged 20 or older.
  • Foreign currency: Up to the equivalent of 10,000 USD.
  • Taiwanese Yuan: Up to 100,000 NTD.
  • Securities: Up to the equivalent of 10,000 USD.
  • Cash: Up to the equivalent of 20,000 USD.
  • Prohibited from bringing in: Narcotics, weapons, e-cigarettes (heat-not-burn tobacco products), counterfeit goods, pornography, lottery tickets, fresh fruit or other foods that are not vacuum-packed, plant and animal products, others.

Time difference and Daylight Saving Time

Time difference

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.

Climate

Climate

Taiwan is warm throughout the year. The main island of Taiwan 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. The country has a long summer and short winter, with no clear distinctions in seasons. Typhoons pass through from summer to fall.

  • Spring (March to May): There is a large temperature drop in mornings and evenings and it is hot when the weather is clear.
  • Summer (June to September): It is very humid and quite hot. Sun stroke and UV protection are essential when going out. It is cold indoors because the air conditioners are on. There are squalls and many typhoons.
  • Autumn (October to November): Cool in the morning and evening, but hot during the day.
  • Winter (December to February): It feels colder than the temperature suggests, although not as cold as Japan. There are sometimes cold waves for a period in midwinter when it becomes as cold as Japan. It rains a lot in the north and east. The temperature in the south is mild.

Temperature and precipitation in Taipei

The average maximum temperature in Tokyo and Taipei, The average minimum temperature in Tokyo and Taipei
Month The average maximum temperature in Tokyo The average mimimum temperature in Tokyo The average maximum temperature in Taipei The average mimimum temperature in Taipei
Jan.10℃2℃19℃13℃
Feb.10℃2℃20℃14℃
Mar.13℃5℃21℃16℃
Apr.18℃10℃25℃19℃
May23℃15℃28℃22℃
Jun.25℃18℃31℃24℃
Jul.28℃23℃34℃26℃
Aug.31℃24℃33℃26℃
Sep.27℃21℃31℃25℃
Oct.23℃15℃26℃22℃
Nov.17℃10℃24℃18℃
Dec.13℃5℃20℃16℃
The average precipitation in Tokyo and Taipei
Month The average precipitation in Tokyo The average precipitation in Taipei
Jan.50mm80mm
Feb.60mm160mm
Mar.110mm170mm
Apr.130mm170mm
May130mm230mm
Jun.160mm310mm
Jul.160mm240mm
Aug.150mm310mm
Sep.210mm360mm
Oct.160mm150mm
Nov.90mm90mm
Dec.40mm60mm

Currency and Exchange Rate, Tax, Currency exchange, Tip

Currency and Exchange Rate

Banknotes and coins used in Taiwan

The unit of 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 May 1, 2020 is 1 yuan, approx. JPY3.6. The amount in JPY is equivalent to about 4 times the value in NTD.

Tax

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.

Tip

Tipping is not customary in Taiwan. However, you can give a reasonable tip if you receive considerable assistance. Such tips should start at 100 yuan.
Note that tipping is not required at upscale restaurants and luxury hotels as a roughly 10% service charge is added to your bill.

Voltage and plug

Voltage

The voltage in Taiwan is 110 V, 60 Hz, and plugs are type A, same as Japan. As the voltage in Japan is 100 V, 50/60 Hz, most electronics from Japan can be used in Taiwan, but it is better to use a transformer with precision devices like computers and digital cameras. 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.

Mail

Mail

Post Office Business Hours

Mon. to Fri. 8:00 to 17:00. Closed on Sat., Sun. and holidays.

Postal Charges

For airmails to Japan, postcards are 10 yuan, sealed letters up to 10g are 13 yuan and parcels up to 5kg are 920 yuan.

Phone Call

How to phone

Telephoning Japan from Taiwan

Ex. When calling (03) 1234-5678 or (090) 1234-5678
STEP1

dial 002, or 005, 007, 009, 012 (International telephone identification numbers)

STEP2

81 (Country Code, Japan)

STEP3

3 or 90 (Remove the first 0 for area codes and mobile telephone numbers)

STEP4

1234-5678 (Other parties telephone No.)

Telephoning Taiwan from Japan

Ex. When calling Taipei (02) 1234-5678
STEP1

International Telephone Company No.

  • 001 (KDDI)*1
  • 0033 (NTT Communications) *1
  • 0061 (SoftBank) *1
  • 005345 (au Mobile) *2
  • 009130 (NTT DoCoMo Mobile) *3
  • 0046 (SoftBank Mobile)*4
STEP2

010 (International Identification No.)

STEP3

886 (Country Code, Taiwan)

STEP4

2 (Remove the first 0 from telephone numbers)

STEP5

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

Mostly the solar calendar (Gregorian calendar) is used, but the lunar calendar (old calendar, Chinese calendar) is also used. Note that the dates of holidays based on the lunar calendar change every year. When a holiday falls on a Saturday, Friday becomes a substitute holiday, and when a holiday falls on a Sunday, Monday becomes a substitute holiday.

  • January 1: New Year's day
  • Old calendar last day of December: Old calendar New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year's Eve (January 24 in 2020)*1
  • Old calendar January 1 to 3: Chinese New Year, Spring Festival (Closed from January 23 to 29. January 25 to 27in 2020)*1
  • February 28: Memorial Day (commemoration of the 228 Incident.Closed until March 31, 2020)
  • April 4: Children's Day
  • April 4: Qingming Festival. Entire family worships ancestors (Closed from April 2 to 5)*1
  • Old calendar May 5: Dragon Boat Festival (Closed from June 28. June 25, 2020)*1
  • Old calendar July 15: Ghost Festival. Welcoming and sending off spirits of the dead (September 2 in 2020)*1 *2
  • Old calendar August 15: Mid-autumn Festival (Closed from October 4.October 1 in 2020)*1
  • October 10: National Day (Closed from October 9 to 11,2020)
  • 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.

Language

Language

The official language is Chinese (Mandarin), but Taiwanese is also spoken. English is understood at around the same level as in Japan. Many people can also speak Japanese, and Japanese is more commonly understood in tourist areas and at hotels.

Business hours, etc

Business hours

Similar to Japan, businesses are generally closed two days a week. Shops and restaurants stay open relatively late, but note that bank hours are shorter.

Banks

Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to 15:30
Closed Sat., Sun., and holidays

Shops and Department Stores

Generally around 11:00 to 21:30

Restaurants

Generally around 10:00 to 21:00. Even stores that are always open may take holidays on the Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-autumn Festival.

Convenience Stores

Most are open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Age Limit

Legal age for smoking and drinking is 18.

Manners

MRT, Bus

Violations of etiquette (e.g. smoking, drinking, or eating) inside the MRT and buses and in stations are fined more heavily than in Japan. Violators are fined between 1500 and 7500 yuan.

Escalators

It is good manners to stand on the right side on escalators and leave the left side open for people who are in hurry.

Shopping Bags

Customers are charged a fee (about 1 to 2 yuan) for shopping bags at convenience stores and grocery stores. It is best to bring a reusable shopping bag.

Driving

International driver’s licenses cannot be used in Taiwan. You can drive in Taiwan if you are carrying your Japanese driver’s license, a Chinese translation created by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) or Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, and your passport.

Taxis

Same as Japan, all passengers must wear a seatbelt.

Minguo calendar

In addition to the Gregorian calendar, Taiwan also uses its own unique calendar called the Minguo calendar. The year 2020 AD is the year 109 on the Minguo calendar.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited by law in all public places including hotels and violators are fined 10,000 yuan. You can smoke at designated smoking areas. Also, e-cigarettes (heat-not-burn tobacco products) are prohibited to bring in.

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