Gettting Around Taiwan

Do I need a visa to visit Taiwan?

The Republic of China (Taiwan) allows certain passport holders visa-free entry for tourism, visiting friends or relatives, social visits, doing business, attending exhibitions, fact finding, and international exchanges.

In order to be approved for visa-free entry, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months (3 months for Japanese), can prove you do not intend on staying indefinitely in Taiwan (either by a flight reservation or some type of itinerary), and have no criminal record or other extenuating circumstances in the ROC.

Who are the Taiwanese Aboriginals?

Living on Taiwan more than 8,000 years before the first arrival of the Han Chinese in the 17th century, the Taiwanese aborigines (原住民) are Austronesian people, with linguistic and genetic ties to the people of the Philippines and other Polynesian groups. They are estimated to constitute about 2% of the population of Taiwan. Visitors to Taiwan should experience aboriginal culture alongside Chinese culture to gain a more rounded insight into the culture and history of Taiwan.

Useful Telephone Numbers in Taiwan

Taiwan's phone number country code is +886, with + representing international dialling code, which in Taiwan is 00. The + symbol can be found by holding tap down on 0 and should be used for a better connection.

For example, calls to Singapore are either +65 or 0065, Hong Kong +852 or 00852, USA +1 or 001, Philippines +63 or 0063, etc.

Taiwan Railways - Train (台灣鐵路)

The Taiwan Railway Administration (台灣鐵路管理局), commonly posted on signage as simply TRA is the main railway service in Taiwan, and provides convenient access to a large majority of locations all over Taiwan.

Be sure to arrive early for your scheduled train, as the layout of some stations is a bit awkward and the lack of clear signage sometimes makes it difficult to find the proper track.