Travel

 
VISA
Foreign travelers may obtain tourist visas if they hold foreign passports or travel documents valid for more than six months in the Republic of China for purposes of sightseeing, business, family visits, study or training, medical treatments, or other legitimate activities. Visa requirements included one completed application form, incoming and outgoing travel tickets, one photo, documents verifying the purpose of the visits, and other relevant documents. The Visitor Visa Application Form can be downloaded from the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The completed form should be submitted to an overseas mission of the Republic of China for visa issuances.

For any further information, please contact:
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address: 3-5F., Central United Office Building, No.2-2, Sec.1, Jinan Rd., Taipei City
TEL: 2-2343-2888
Fax: 2-2343-2968
Service: Apply for Visas, Passport, Authentication
Website: http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp?mp=2
Open Hours: 08:30 ~ 17:00, Monday to Friday
Closed on weekends and national holidays

 
Time Zone
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
 
Public Phone
Public telephone are either coin-operated or card-operated. All local and domestic long-distance calls are timed. The basic charge for a local call is NT$1. Telephone cards can be purchased at most convenience stores and from Chunghwa Telecom offices.

International Direct Dial (IDD) calls can be made by dialing the international dialing code 002 + country code + city code + local number. International reverse-charge and credit card calls can be made through dedicated phones located at international airports and major hotels. You can also call the United States using AT&T Direct service and over 100 other countries through AT&T World Connect services by calling 0080-102-880.
â—ŽEnglish-speaking directory assistance: 106.

Fax facilities are available at some convenience stores, major post offices and tourist hotels.

 
Currency
The New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) is the currency used in Taiwan. Paper money is currently available in NT$100, NT$200, NT$500, NT$1,000, and NT$2,000 bills. Coins are NT$1, NT$5, NT$10 and NT$50 denominations. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at hotels, airports and a number of government-designated banks. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Exchange Rates Reference:
http://rate.bot.com.tw/Pages/Static/UIP003.en-US.htm

 
Climate
Taipei has a subtropical climate, with an average temperature of 220C(720F). Summer lasts from May until September and is typically hot and humid. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 290C(840F). Autumn, from October to November, is probably the most pleasant time to visit Taipei, with average temperatures of 230C(730F). Winter lasts from December to February. January average temperatures are about 150C(590F), but there is often a strong wind and rain, which can make the weather seem quite chilly. The rainy season lasts from April to May, but sometimes extends into September. In the spring, Taipei blooms with dazzling azaleas and temperatures around 200C(680F).
 
Foreign Consulates
ASIAN/PACIFIC COUNTRIES
Australian Commerce and Industry Office TEL:2-8725-4100
Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei TEL:2-8712-4570~74
Korean Mission in Taipei TEL:2-2758-8320
Malaysian Friendship & Trade Centre, Taipei TEL:2-2713-2626
New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office TEL:2-2757-6725
Manila Economic and Cultural Office TEL:2-2778-6511
Singapore Trade Office in Taipei TEL:2-2772-1940
Thailand Trade and Economic Office TEL:2-2712-1882
EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
Austrian Trade Delegation TEL:2-2715-5220
Belgian Trade Association, Taipei TEL:2-2715-1215
British Trade and Cultural Office TEL:2-2322-4242
Danish Trade Organizations' Taipei Office TEL:2-2718-2101
Finland Trade Center TEL:2-2722-0764
French Institute in Taipei TEL:2-2545-6061
Deutsches Institute Taipei TEL:2-2501-6188
Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office TEL:2-2345-0320
Netherlands Trade and Investment Office TEL:2-2713-5760
Norwegian Trade Council TEL:2-2543-5484
Spanish Chamber of Commerce TEL:2-2518-4901
Swedish Trade Council TEL:2-2757-6573
Trade Office of Swiss Industries TEL:2-2720-1001
AMERICAN COUNTRIES
American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei Office TEL:2-2709-2000
Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
TEL:2-2547-9500
Argentina Trade and Cultural Office TEL:2-2757-6556
Brazil Business Center TEL:2-2835-7388
Chilean Trade Office, Taipei TEL:2-2723-0329
Mexican Trade Services TEL:2-2757-6526
AFRICAN COUNTRIES
Liaison Office of South Africa TEL:2-2715-3250