Travel Information


Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Songshan International Airport can be accessed via over 190 non-stop and direct flights from 56 major cities throughout the world.

It is convenient to travel from Taiwan Taoyuan/Songshan International Airport to Taipei City. There are several recommended ways:

From Taoyuan International Airport

  1. By taxi: Taoyuan International Airport is around a 40-minute drive from Taipei City. Taxi fares are approximately NT$1,200 – NT$1,500 per ride.
  2. By bus: Click here for the bus schedule.
  3. By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR): Take a shuttle bus to THSR Taoyuan Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It takes 20 minutes to reach Taipei Station from Taoyuan Station.

From Songshan International Airport

  1. By taxi: Songshan International Airport is around a 20-minute drive from Taipei City. Taxi fares are approximately NT$250-300 to TICC or congress hotel.
  2. By MRT: From Songshan Airport Station to Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station.

Visa Application

A passport valid for at least six months after intended period of travel is required to enter Chinese Taipei. Participants from certain countries may also require a visa before departing to Chinese Taipei. For information or travel documents required to visit Chinese Taipei, please refer to the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chinese Taipei.

Nationals of Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore are eligible for the visa exemption program for a stay of not more than 30 days.

Nationals of the following countries can visit Taiwan visa-free for a stay of not more than 90 days:

Austria  France Latvia Portugal Belgium
Germany Liechtenstein Romania Bulgaria Greece
Lithuania Slovakia Canada Hungary Luxembourg
Slovenia Croatia Iceland Malta Spain
Cyprus Ireland Monaco Sweden Czech Republic
Israel The Netherlands Switzerland Denmark Italy
New Zealand U.K. Estonia Japan Norway
U.S.A Finland Korea Poland Vatican City State
Participants Holding a Chinese Passport

Chinese passport holders are recommended to submit the visa application form 3 months prior to the conference, in order to allow plenty of time to process the application.

Please click here for more information.

Participants Holding a Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR Passport

Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR passport holders can apply for visas on arrival, which cost HK$200 (US$26). Alternatively, one can make an application online or go to the nearest Taiwan representative office. There is no longer a charge for the online visa service. Visas have also been extended and are valid for multiple entries over three months.

For more information, visit the National Immigration Agency of Chinese Taipei.

Useful Information

City Map

Climate and Clothing

Dialing Code & Telecommunication

Drinking Water





Safety and Useful Telephone Numbers

Time Zone

Tipping & Bargaining

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Weather: Spring begins from March. It is the best time of the year to visit Taiwan, as the weather is pleasant and cool. Average temperatures ranges from 14°C (58°F) and 18°C (65°F).

Clothing: It generally feels warm during the day, and wearing a long-sleeved shirt is enough. In early morning and evening a coat or a sweater is needed. Carrying an umbrella is recommended.

How to call Taiwan from overseas:

Country Code for Taiwan: +886

Cellular numbers in Taiwan usually start with 09. When you call from overseas you should omit the 0 and start with your national exit code (eg, US – 011) follow by the country code and then the phone number.

Dialing a cellular phone: +886 – cellular phone number
Dialing a local landline: +886 – (Area Code) – landline phone number

Tap water in Taiwan is not drinkable before it is filtered or boiled. However, bottled water is readily available in hotels, supermarkets, and convenience stores.

Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. Appliances from Europe, Australia, or southeast Asia will need an adaptor or transformer.

Taipei is a diner’s paradise, a place where the smell of food emanates from every street corner, and the food here is excellent. From international cuisines to local Taiwanese dishes, the menus in Taiwan will have you coming back for more. There are many popular international restaurants serving Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, and Western food with good service and moderate prices.

Some recommended local Taiwanese dishes:
* Beef Noodles (牛肉麵 niúròu miàn), noodle soup with chunks of extremely tender stewed beef and a few pickles
* Oyster Omelet (蚵仔煎 ó āh jiān), made from eggs, oysters and the leaves of a local chrysanthemum, topped with sweet red sauce.
* Ai-Yu Jelly (愛玉 àiyù), made from the seeds of a local fig and usually served on ice. This sweet and cool dish is certainly perfect for a hot day.
* Taiwanese Sausage (香腸 xiāng-cháng), usually made from pork, it is a modified version of the Cantonese laap cheong (臘腸) which has been emulsified. It is much sweeter in taste and it is usually eaten with some fresh garlic.
* Taiwanese Orange (柳丁 liŭ-dīng) is a citrus fruit which is similar to regular oranges, except that the skin and flesh tend to look more yellowish like a lemon.
* Taiwanese Porridge (粥 zhōu ) is rice porridge cooked with sweet potato. It is usually eaten with several different side dishes.

The official language used in Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese.

The official currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, and Visa are accepted and traveler’s checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and most international tourist hotels.

Fire Department 119
Police 110
Directory Assistance (English Speaking) +886-2-2311-6796
Taxi Service +886-2-2301-4567
or +886-2-2746-9988
International Operator Assistance 100
24-Hour Toll-Free Travel Information Hotline 0800-011765

Taipei is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping is generally NOT practiced in Taiwan, with the possible exception of bellhops in high-end hotels. Full service restaurants usually impose a service charge, but this is typically not given to staff. Tipping is also not expected in taxis and drivers will usually return your change to the last dollar.