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TAIWAN - Exercise normal security precautionsThere is no nationwide advisory in effect for Taiwan. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
The crime rate is relatively low. Petty crime (such as pickpocketing and purse snatching) occurs, usually at airports and train stations, on public transportation, and in main tourist shopping areas, hotel lobbies, and crowded streets. Bags left unattended are likely to be stolen. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Women should exercise caution at all times and should avoid travelling alone in taxis at night when possible. Consult our publication entitled Her Own Way: A Woman’s Safe-Travel Guide for travel safety information specifically aimed at Canadian women.
Strikes and demonstrations occur from time to time on short notice. Exercise caution, avoid areas where demonstrations are being held and avoid confrontations with protestors.
Traffic congestion is severe in urban areas.
Driving habits in Taiwan are often more erratic and reckless than in Canada. Driving or riding motorcycles is dangerous and should be avoided, even by experienced motorcyclists. Mountain roads are narrow, winding, and poorly banked. Substandard road conditions and local disregard for traffic laws result in frequent accidents. Several foreigners have been involved in accidents that caused serious and even fatal injuries. Motorcycles and scooters weave in and out of traffic. Pedestrians should always exercise caution when crossing the road. Be aware of your surroundings at all times if you plan to drive a vehicle in Taiwan.
As taxi drivers tend to speak little or no English or French, you should have your destination written in Chinese.
Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Dial 110 to reach police and 119 for ambulance and fire fighters.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the authorities of Taiwan. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Taiwan, which must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry.
Canadian passport holders do not require tourist or business visas for stays of up to 90 days. Once in Taiwan, they may extend their stay for an additional 90 days by placing a request with the Taiwanese Bureau of Consular Affairs. Canadians planning to stay in Taiwan for more than 180 days should obtain a visa before they arrive.
Tourist visa: Not required (for stays of up to 90 days)
Business visa: Not required (for stays of up to 90 days)
Student visa: Required
Working visa: Required
An onward or return ticket is required to visit Taiwan.
Passengers are requested to undergo non-invasive temperature screening upon arrival at international ports and airports. Passengers with flu-like symptoms (fever, muscle aches, lethargy and sore throat) will be sent to the hospital for further checks and treatment.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.
The Agency strongly recommends that you consult with a travel medicine clinic or health care provider preferably six weeks before departure.
The Agency publishes travel health advice for Taiwan.
Medical facilities are adequate for routine and emergency medical procedures. Some medical clinics or hospitals may have English speaking staff. Up-front payment is often required before treatment.
Typhoid and yellow fever vaccines are not available in Taiwan. Although these vaccinations are not required to visit Taiwan, obtain proper immunization prior to travelling to Taiwan if you are planning to go on to other countries where these vaccines are recommended.
Laws & Culture
Laws & Culture
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention FAQ for more information.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict and include the death penalty.
Foreigners involved in litigation are forbidden from leaving Taiwan until the dispute is settled. Litigation is often a lengthy process and local authorities will not accept bonds or deposit to guarantee court appearances.
Men between the ages of 18 and 45 who hold a Taiwanese passport or who were born in Taiwan may be subject to compulsory military service. It is imperative that such persons contact the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ottawa before visiting Taiwan. Dual citizens who visit Taiwan on their Canadian passport may also be required to perform compulsory military service. Consult our publication entitled Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know for more information.
An International Driving Permit is recommended. The use of cellular phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
Contracts to teach English (arranged by recruiters in Canada) should be carefully reviewed before being signed. Ensure all terms and conditions of employment are clearly stated in the contract before accepting an offer. Written contracts are usually binding documents. Verbal agreements may in certain circumstances take precedence over written agreements. English teachers should always ensure to obtain proper work permits prior their arrival in Taiwan. Consult our publication entitled Teaching English in Taiwan for more information.
The currency is the New Taiwan dollar (TWD). Credit cards are accepted in many shops, restaurants and hotels in major cities, but are not widely accepted elsewhere. Foreign currency and traveller's cheques can be exchanged at most major banks and hotels.
Natural Disasters & Climate
Natural Disasters & Climate
Taiwan is located in an active seismic zone and is prone to earthquakes.
The rainy (or monsoon) season extends from May to June. Severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides. Typhoons usually occur between May and November. These storms can result in significant loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure, and can hamper the provision of essential services. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.
Consult our Typhoons and Monsoons page for more information.
Taipei - Trade Office of Canada
For emergency assistance after hours, call the Trade Office of Canada in Taipei and follow the instructions. You may also call the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa toll-free at 00-800-2326-6831.