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How to come to Taiwan

Taiwan's international flights are well developed and there are two international airports, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport. Thirty-four Airlines fly to 56 major cities around the world from Taiwan, and the average flight time from Taiwan to major cities in the Asia-Pacific region is only two-and-a-half hours. A direct flight from the West Coast of the U.S. to Taiwan takes only 12 hours, and flights are frequent. Visitors can take advantages of the domestic flight, Taiwan's island-wide railway system, comprehensive highway network and convenient bus services to visit the beautiful island. The convenient international airport for the conference is the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.


The Republic of China's unit of currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Bill denominations are NT$1000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100. Coin denominations are NT$1, NT$5, NT$10 and NT$50. As of November 2013, the exchange rate was quoted around NT$29.5 to one US Dollar. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport upon arrival, or at government-authorized banks, tourist hotels, and large department stores. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT Dollars before departure. Traveler's checks in major currencies may be cashed at some tourist-oriented businesses and at most international tourist hotels.

Credit Cards

Hotels, department stores, airlines, large stores and restaurants accept major credit cards. Cash is generally preferred elsewhere.

Banking Hours

Banks are open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Telecommunication Service

One local call from a pay phone costs NT$1 for 1 minute, after which additional coins are needed or the line will be automatically disconnected. On private phones, the overseas operator may be reached by dialing "100." Direct dialing is available to some phones, after first dialing the prefix "002." International direct dialing rates are calculated every six seconds.

Time Zone

Taiwan is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and does not practice daylight saving time in summer. You can check Taiwan's local time and the time difference from your local time via this link: http://www.worldtimeserver.com

Electricity Supply

Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 Hz, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer.


Personal items are free of duty. Visitors over 20 years old may bring in, duty free, 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 0.5 kg of tobacco, one bottle of liquor and one used camera. Gold cannot be exported without a permit issued by the Ministry of Finance. Passengers arriving with gold and silver and planning to take it out at departure must declare it and leave the items with Customs until they leave Taiwan.

Tipping / Taxes

Tipping is optional. It is usual, however, to tip hotel porters and for restaurant service. A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added tax are added to room rates and meals.


Major cities have an abundance of taxis. Charges are NT$100 for the first 1.5km and NT$5 for each additional 300 meters. An additional NT$5 is charged for every two minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., NT$10 dollars tip needed for cab dispatched by phone and for luggage placed in taxi trunk. Basically, taxi fares in all major cities are set by local government itself and vary slightly. Out-of-town or long-distance travels may not apply to meter charge; travelers are suggested to confirm charging method before getting on taxi.


(Some of the contents here were provided by the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Republic of China. For more detail of the travel information, please visit: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/)