Taiwan Travel FAQ

Thinking about a trip to Taiwan but wondering where to start?

Here’s a few common questions and answers to get you started!

Do I need a visa to visit Taiwan?

Most nationals can spend up to 90 days visa-free for tourist purposes in Taiwan! Visa requirements for all countries can be found here.

Are there any COVID-19 entry requirements for Taiwan?

Nope! Taiwan is fully open for quarantine-free travel for international arrivals. There is no health declaration is required (pre-flight testing/vaccine check) and no mandatory quarantine period. More info can be found here.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is optional when traveling with WildChina en Español, but we highly recommend purchasing it. We recommend insurance that covers emergency medical expenses, trip cancellation or delays, and lost, damaged, or stolen luggage. While we hope you’ll never have to use it, sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. Having travel insurance can give you (and those at home) peace of mind, as it helps ensure you’re not stuck without aid or with a large hospital bill.

We’ve partnered with Global Rescue to offer both travel insurance and rescue & evacuation services in case of injury, illness (including COVID-19), or safety threats during your trip. For more information on how to secure Global Rescue insurance for your travels follow this link.

Are there any vaccines required for travel to Taiwan?

We recommend visiting a local international travel clinic or your personal physician 4-8 weeks before departure for information regarding vaccinations. For your convenience when speaking to a doctor, we have included the most useful links for immunization advice in Taiwan. Many immunizations require at least 10-14 days to become effective and should be obtained before you travel to Taiwan– especially if you plan to visit more remote, rural areas or spend a lot of time outdoors.

What currency do they use in Taiwan?

The current currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar, abbreviated to TWD, NTD or NT$. The official symbol of the NTD is 圓, but it is more commonly seen in its colloquial form as 元. Click here for a quick currency converter. The basic unit of the NTD is called yuan (圓) and is subdivided into ten jiao (角), and then into 100 fen (分) or cents, although jiao and fen are rarely used or needed.

What language do they speak in Taiwan?

The most commonly spoken and official language of Taiwan is Mandarin. Mandarin is not the only language spoken in Taiwan though, with Taiwanese, Hakka, and the Formosan languages (Taiwanese aboriginal languages) spoken throughout the island. Although English is not an official language of Taiwan it is widely studied and spoken. Once you’ve confirmed a trip with us, we’ll send over a list of Mandarin phrases to help you get around while you’re here, plus your local guide will always be very happy to help!

When is a good time to visit Taiwan?

You can visit Taiwan year-round. It’s worth noting though that summers can be very hot, and typhoon season stretches from summer through fall.

Is Taiwan safe?

Taiwan is one of the safest places in the world when it comes to crime. The island is extremely welcoming to foreign visitors and a highly rated place for solo, female and LGBTQ+ travelers. However, as with anywhere in world, petty crime does exist, and while rare, it’s best to keep a close eye on your belongings in crowded areas.