Taiwan FAQs

If it’s your first time in Taiwan, check out this Taiwan FAQs page to quickly prepare for your trip. We’ve done all the heavy lifting for you by compiling frequently asked questions, saving you hours of research.

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Do I need a Visa to travel to Taiwan?

Taiwan allows most countries to come visit for a period of 90 days without a visa. If you’re a student coming to Taiwan to study, you won’t have to worry about this since you’ll be granted a student visa upon your enrolment in Taiwan. For a more updated and detailed list of countries that are visa-exempt, check out this link from Taiwan’s official immigration site.

What are the official languages of Taiwan?

Currently, the official language in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese. Taiwan is also known for its Taiwanese Hokkien (台語), spoken by a large population of Taiwan. Recently, Taiwan has been pushing to add English as an official language by 2030.

Will I need to learn Mandarin in Taiwan?

No, for the most part, you’ll be fine without learning Mandarin. There are English signs and labels throughout the major cities to help guide you wherever you need to go. Most younger locals are able to converse in English at a basic level, such as directions and simple questions. However, if you are planning on staying in Taiwan for a while, we highly recommend you immerse yourself and learn some Mandarin from the locals. Many locals appreciate the effort foreigners make to learn their language.

Is Taiwan a safe country for solo travelers?

Absolutely! Taiwan is considered one of the safest countries in Asia and in the world. Violent crimes are extremely rare here and petty crime rates are also very low. Most females who traveled to Taiwan noted that they feel comfortable walking alone on the city streets at night.

What is the best time or season to visit Taiwan?

The best time to visit should be around fall or winter season as it is not too hot. The heat along with the high humidity during summer months can make many tourists very uncomfortable.

Can foreigners buy SIM cards in Taiwan?

You can order your SIM card online and pick it up at the airport after you land, or you can buy one at the booths inside the airport or find a local retailer in the city. A very convenient method for all visitors. For more information, check out our Taiwan SIM Card Guide.

How do I take public transportation in Taiwan?

Major cities in Taiwan are often well-equipped with public transportation, especially Taipei. It is one of the primary modes of travel for locals.

What is an EasyCard? Do I need it?

An EasyCard is Taiwan’s smart debit card that can be used almost anywhere in Taiwan. Locals use EasyCards for taking public transportation such as MRT’s, busses, taxis and HSR/TSR. You can also use it to purchase goods at convenient stores or shopping malls. We recommend getting yours online here when you arrive at the airport. For more information, check out our EasyCard Guide.

What is the legal drinking age of Taiwan?

To consume alcohol in Taiwan, you have to be at least 18 years old. Also, Taiwan does not impose any restrictions on public drinking, as long as you behave yourself and do not disturb the general public.

Are drugs illegal in Taiwan?

All drugs in Taiwan are strictly prohibited.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Taiwan?

Generally, it is advised not to drink straight from the tap unless it has been filtered or boiled. While the water source is clean, the older infrastructure of the water pipes may pose a greater health risk. But, one good news is that it is still safe to brush your teeth with the tap water.

What is the currency used in Taiwan? Do they accept other currencies?

Taiwan’s currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD). Unlike some Asian countries, Taiwan does not accept other currencies such as USD as another form of payment. You will have to make sure to exchange your money either before you arrive or at the airport.

Is there a mandatory custom for tipping in Taiwan?

No, tipping is not the norm here. However, you are free to tip if you really want to. Generally, most people will not accept your tip out of politeness. Some restaurants that you eat at will charge you an auto-gratuity of 10% service fee.

What power outlets does Taiwan use?

Taiwan uses Type A and Type B power outlets, the same type used in United States, Canada and Mexico. The standard voltage is 110V and standard frequency of 60 Hz. You’ll need to purchase a plug adaptor if you’re coming from a country that does not use these types of plugs.

Can I use international credit cards in Taiwan?

For the most part, yes. Taiwan credit card machines accept most international credit cards, as long as they are either VISA, MasterCard or AMEX.