Taiwan is an island rich in natural and commercial tourism. You will embark on an adventure to discover the beauty of Taiwan, learn about the heritage, history and culture, and shop and eat to your heart’s content.
Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan, and English is practiced and spoken extensively.
Weather in Taipei is warm from May to November and gets rather chilly from December to April. Average temperature in June is 27 degree Celsius. For more detailed weather information, please visit the Central Weather Bureau.
The local power supply is AC 110 -120 Volts / 60 Hz with type A outlets, the same as the USA and Japan. The outlets accept a flat two-parallel pin plug. An adapter will be required if your plugs are shaped otherwise and run on a different current from the 110-120 volt outlets.
Exchange Rate & Currency:
The New Taiwan Dollar (TWD or NTD) is the currency used today in throughout Taipei City. NTD has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Paper money comes in NT$2000, NT$1000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100 denominations. Coins come in NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5 and NT$1 denominations.
The exchange rate is around US$1 to NT$30. Like most countries, they come in the forms of bills and coins. Foreign currency exchanges are easy to access. Exchange services are available at the airport, banks, hotels and large department stores. For up to date exchange rates, please visit the currency website here.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.
Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and (by room guests) most international tourist hotels.
Public Wi-Fi & Prepaid Card:
Free public Wi-Fi is available across Taipei both indoors and outdoors. It is also accessible in most convenience stores, cafes, restaurants and public areas. A full list of hotspot locations can be found here.Visitors who wish to use this service must set up an account with a valid passport or entry permit. Assistance can be acquired at twelve tourist information centers in the city including Taipei Main Station and Songshan Airport.
For delegates intending to purchase a prepaid card with data usage, service is provided by telecom outlets in the airport with varied costs and service hours. Passport and secondary form of ID (national ID card) will be required upon purchase.
Foreign travelers, with the entry document, who make purchases of at least NT$2,000 on the same day from the same designated stores with the "Taiwan Tax Refund"-label are eligible to request the "Application Form for VAT Refund." To claim the refund, they must apply at the port of their departure from the R.O.C. within 90 days following the date of purchase, and they must take the purchased goods out of the country with them.
TAIWAN TAX REFUND