General Information

About Taiwan

Taiwan, located in the center of East Asia, is an ideal gateway for travelers who want to travel to and within Asia. Taiwan was once christened “Formosa” or “beautiful island" in Portuguese by Portuguese marines in the 16th century. From mountains to beaches, the surface takes forms from a variety of geological formations, cultivating an abundance of peculiar landscapes and ecosystems.


The Tropic of Cancer runs straight through the middle of Taiwan bringing with it tropical and subtropical weather. Taiwan typically presents an average temperature is around 29 °C ( 85°F) to 23 °C ( 73°F). There is no severe cold in winter, but it has brutal heat and high humidity in summer.

Time Zone

Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar. The currency code for New Dollars is TWD, and the currency symbol is NT$. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the banks, airport and hotels. Payment by major credit card is accepted almost everywhere around Taiwan. For different currencies, please visit the online currency converter at:

Credit Card

Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, JCB, and UnionPay are accepted. Traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and most international tourist hotels (by room guests).



  • Voltage: 110 
  • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Power sockets: type A / B

In Taiwan the standard voltage is 110 V. The standard frequency is 60 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / B. Your need for a power plug adapter depends on the country you live in.

Power Sockets

Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs.

Cellular Service

SIM cards are readily available for tourists and visitors in Taiwan. The four major service providers are:

  • Chungwha Telecom
  • Taiwan Mobile
  • FarEas Tone
  • T Star

It is easiest to purchase a SIM card at the airport. To purchase a SIM card in a store, you need to have two (photo) IDs. Your passport and another (official looking) document like a driver’s license. Taiwan is one of the few countries which still offers real unlimited 3G internet on daily packages. If you wish to purchase a SIM card at the airport, please visit:

Calling Overseas Direct from Taiwan

  • Dial Taiwan's international access code (002 or 009).
  • Dial the country code of the country being called (Ex. "1" for the US, "86" for mainland China).
  • Dial in the area code of the called party (leaving out the long-distance digit, "0").
  • Dial the local number of the called party. For operator-assisted international calls, please dial "100."
  • For information on international calling, call this toll-free number: 0800-080-100.

Tipping & Tax

Tipping is not customary in Taiwan, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill. Otherwise there are no hard and fast rules. Of course you can always make someone happy with a small reward for good service. Sales tax is included in the listed price in Taiwan.


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