According to homosociety, Taiwan (Republic of China) (Chinese:中華民國) is an island in Asia that consists of the eponymous island of Taiwan and a number of smaller islands (including Kinmen, Matsu and Wucciou). According to China and a majority of the international community, Taiwan is a province of China. The capital of Taiwan is Taipei. A number of major cities in Taiwan are: Kaohsiung, Xindian, Táijhong, Zhanghua, Jiayi, Tainan and Gaoxiong.
Taiwan is best known for its dense population and beautiful nature. On the main island you will find 6 National Parks and several mountain areas. There are 4 mountains with a height of more than 3500 meters, of which Yu Shan is the highest at 3952 meters. Furthermore, about half of the island is covered with forest where waterfalls and bamboo forests can be found. The island is a true skyline with impressive skyscrapers, temples and a beautiful coastline. You can surf and dive on this coast. Taiwan is also known for its night markets and economic successes (made in Taiwan). See bridgat for other cities and countries as well as climate and weather in Asia.
Where is Taiwan located?
Travel information of Taiwan
Official name: Republic of China
Area: 35,980 km²
Country code: TW, TWN
Population: 23,603,049 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 3,952 m (Yu Shan)
Distance (Amsterdam – Taipei): 9,469 km
Flight time: approximately 16 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Taiwan that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Taiwan, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Taiwan. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Taiwan?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Taiwan at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Taiwan has a tropical climate. During the summer months the temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees and during the winter months around 10 to 20 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Taiwan can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Taiwan can be found at Climate info.
October and November are the best months to travel to Taiwan. In these months the temperatures are most pleasant and you also avoid the rainy and typhoon season.
Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan. In addition, about 30 other languages are spoken, including Minnanyu and Hakka.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Taiwan.
A visa is not required if you stay in Taiwan for less than 90 days.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Taiwan: ntio.org.tw.
Embassy of Taiwan in the Netherlands: taiwanembassy.org.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Taiwan.
Malaria occurs outside the major cities. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Taiwan, payment is made with the Taiwanese dollar (TWD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Taiwan can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Taiwan are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -13% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (65% cheaper), food (35% more expensive), imported beer in catering (48% cheaper), cigarettes (54% cheaper) and public transport (80% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Taiwan it is customary to tip in tourist cities. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 10-15%.
During our summer time it is 6 hours later in Taiwan.
During our winter time, it is 7 hours later in Taiwan.
Taiwan has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Taiwan can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Taiwan you must drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Taiwan, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Taiwan.
In Taiwan you need a power plug adapter. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Taiwan can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 110
– Fire: 119
– Ambulance: 119
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Taiwan can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Taiwan can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Taiwan end in.tw.
Taiwan official websites: taiwan.gov.tw and taiwan.net.tw.
The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Taiwan is 00886 or +886.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Taiwan? Then use the Dutch country code 00231.
(If you use a country code, you must leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Taiwan.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Taiwan.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Taiwan.
An overview of all public holidays in Taiwan can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Taiwan, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Taiwan?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Taiwan. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Taiwan can be found on Protected Planet.
Taiwan is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Taiwan? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Taiwan.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or with Taiwan, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Taiwan, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Taiwan.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know…
…Taiwan was a Japanese colony until the end of World War II?
…Taiwan has the lowest birth rate in the world?
…Cycling is very popular in Taiwan?
…Taiwan installs wireless free internet in all public places?
…Garbage trucks in Taiwan play music to let them know they’re coming?
…Taiwan was the first Democratic Republic in Asia?