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Travelchimps aims to provide ALL the information you need (see our Travel Dashboard). This page uses data from UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The usual caveat: we cannot guarantee import of this information was error free and therefore the accuracy of this page. Always use a number of sources to check important information

Advice current as at 4:00 am 14 Dec 2019.

Typhoon Mitag is forecast to reach Taiwan from the afternoon of 30 September and will bring hazardous sea and land conditions. The Taiwanese administration has called a Typhoon day in most parts of Northern and Central Taiwan which means that local authorities, schools and most businesses will be closed. Please follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor alerts issued by the Central Weather Bureau including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters

The British Office Taipei will be closed on 30 September. If you need urgent assistance during this time please call +886 2 8758 2088.

There has been a significant increase in cases of dengue fever. See Health

You should not enter Taiwan with animal products without prior authorisation as those caught smuggling products may face heavy fines. Due to recent reports of African Swine Fever Virus (ASF) in pork products, particularly from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), local authorities have increased quarantine checks and inspections

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

The UK does not recognise Taiwan as a state and has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan, so limited consular services are available to British nationals.

In 2017 there were over 60,000 reported visits to Taiwan by British nationals. Most visits are trouble-free. Nevertheless, you should maintain the same level of vigilance as you would at home, and take sensible precautions.

Crime levels are low, but small-scale petty crime does exist. You should maintain at least the same level of vigilance as you would at home, and take sensible precautions.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Taiwan, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services by calling 110 (police) or 119 (ambulance and fire).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Taiwan New Dollar (TWD)
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Dialling Code: 886
Drive on the: right
Languages Spoken:
Chinese (official language) 95%

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Telephone Area Code: 2
Population: 2,618,772 (in 2010-12)
Latitude: 25.0333333333 Longitude: 121.533333333

Largest City: New Taipei
Telephone Area Code: 2
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This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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