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.

Tourist Tax Refund

Tourists visiting Taiwan are entitled to a partial tax refund when purchasing large-ticket items (such as laptops and mobile phones) and other cosmetic and beauty items that are generally far cheaper in Taiwan than places like Singapore.

When purchased from cooperating shops, purchases in excess of NT$2,000 (on the same day) are eligible for a 5% VAT tax refund when leaving Taiwan.

Taiwan Receipt Lottery (統一發票中獎號碼)

Ever wonder what the numerical code at the top of receipts in Taiwan is used for? These numbers are for a lottery run by the government, and you have a free entry!

Known in Chinese as 統一發票 (Tǒngyī Fāpiào), the bi-monthly receipt invoice lottery was created to encourage legal tax reporting by giving consumers an incentive to purchase at stores that legally report sales taxes. Every two months, sets of numbers are randomly drawn that correspond to the eight numbers printed along the top of a legal receipt.

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.