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Business Hours


Government Weekdays     08:30-12:30   13:30-17:30
Weekends     Closed
Business Weekdays     09:00-18:00
Department Stores Open almost daily     11:00-21:30
Shops Open almost every day except for the Chinese Lunar
New Year.
 10:00/11:00 - 21:00/ 22:00
Convenience Stores Open daily     24 hours a day
(some stores open at 07:00-23:00)
Restaurants Most open daily     Lunch 11:00-14:00
Dinner 17:00-22:00
(afternoon tea at 14:00-17:00)



Currency

1. The currency of Taiwan is the new Taiwan dollar (NT$):
Paper Currency: NT$2,000, NT$1,000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100
Coins: NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5, and NT$1
 

NT$2000


NT$1000

 
NT$500
 

NT$200


NT$100

Suggestions:

Some foreign travelers have found difficulties to use their ATM cards to get cash from ATM machines in Taiwan.For that reason, we suggest you reconfirm that you have activated international withdrawal function of your card before your journey. Meanwhile, we suggest that you bring some US, Japanese or other currency in cash. Cash is easy to exchange for Taiwan dollars, and credit cards work in hotels and some restaurants.

If you wish to withdrawal cash when you are in Academia Sinica, the ATM machines located in the Activity Center and the post office could only accept  China UnionPay card. There is another ATM located in the Hi-Life convenient store (right beside the post office) which could accept most foreign cards-with the condition that cardholders have activated international withdrawal function beforehand.


2. Currency Exchange:
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Songshan Airport and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.

3. Credit Card
Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted.  

4.Traveler's Check   
Traveler's checks may be cashed at foreign-exchange banks, some tourist-oriented businesses, and most international hotels (the exchange service is limited to the hotel guests only). Only few local stores at Taipei accept Traveler’s Check, so please cash the Traveler’s Check beforehand.

Drinking Water

It is not safe to drink water straight from the tap in Taipei. Water is usually consumed only after it has been boiled. It is advised to buy bottled water at local supermarkets and grocers.

Electricity


•    The electric current used in Taipei is 110 volts at 60 cycles. Many buildings are also equipped with 220-volt sockets.
•    Visitors with appliances of different voltages are urged to bring adapters with them.

Language
 
The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, but because many Taiwanese are of southern Fujianese descent, Min-nan (the Southern Min dialect, or Holo) is also widely spoken. The smaller groups of Hakka people and aborigines have also preserved their own languages. The most popular foreign language in Taiwan is English, which is part of the regular school curriculum. Most people can speak English, but not everyone can speak very well.

Mobile Phone
Taiwan’s international dialing code is +886. If you have international roaming service on your cell phone, it is not necessary to dial +886 as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers.
There are three mobile telephone service providers: Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile and FarEasTone. They all supply Foreign Visitors Pre-Paid Card which could be bought in airports.


Telephone:
Both coin and card payphones are available in Taipei:
•    Coin payphones accept coins in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, and NT10.
•    Card payphones accept both magnetic-strip and IC stored-value cards available in amounts of NT$100, NT$200, and NT$300. These cards are sold in railway stations, bus stations, and convenience stores.
•    Local calls from public phones are charged at NT$1 per minute.

When making local calls it is not necessary to dial the area code. When making long-distance calls, dial the area code of the receiving party and then the number itself.

Calling overseas from Taiwan:
•    International direct calls are charged at NT$5 per specified unit of time.
•    Dial Taiwan's international access code (002 or 009).
    Dial the country code of the country being called (Ex. "1" for the US, "86" for China).
•    Dial the area code of the called party (leaving out the long-distance digit, "0").
Dial the local number of the called party. For operator-assisted international calls, please dial "100." 
For information on international calling, call this toll-free number: 0800-080-100.

Smoking
Smoking is banned in all indoor public space. It is also not allowed in outdoor public space such as parks and national scenic area.

Transport
The public transport in Taipei is well connected. Commuters could choose from MRT, taxis, and buses.

Mass Rapid Transport (MRT)
 
This is a fast and efficient form of transport, with a train arriving every few minutes. Fares range is determined by distance. Be sure to double check ticket price for your destination. Operating hours vary a little but trains run from around 06:00 to 00:00. It is recommended to check what time the last train leaves from the respective stations if you are planning a late night.
http://english.trtc.com.tw/

Bus
Buses in Taipei are numerous and bus routes are well-planned. Once you get a hang of it, buses are a great way to get around the city. Bus information could be found in the following website: http://5284.taipei.gov.tw/Dybus.aspx?Lang=En.

Tickets
Buses take EasyCard or cash. Prices are calculated by distance. Tickets come in three price levels: One-segment (NT$ 15), Two-segment (NT$ 30) and Three segment (NT$45).Most passengers will only need a One-segment ticket. The bus driver will notify you if you need to pay more for a Two or Three-segment ticket. 
•    Paying by cash: Be sure to have the exact ticket amount as buses will not give change.
•    Paying by EasyCard: Gently sweep card over the sensor area marked by the EasyCard logo on the ticket reader. The beep you hear indicates that credit corresponding to the ticket amount has been deducted from your card.
Taking the bus
Passengers can get on and off a bus from the front or back door. Please check to see if passengers must pay before or after the bus ride.

Taxi
Taxis can be flagged from hotels and taxi stands, as well as on the streets.
Taipei City Taxi Fare Breakup
Booking fee:    NA
Minimum fare:    TWD $70 for first 1.25Km
Fare above minimum fare:    TWD $20 per Km
Waiting charges per hour:    TWD $180. $5 per 1:40 mm:ss
Luggage charges:    $10 if the trunk is needed

Night Booking fee:    NA
Night Timings:    23:00:00 - 06:00:00
Night Minimum fare:    TWD $90 for first 1.25Km
Night Fare above minimum Fare:    TWD $20 per Km
Night Waiting charges per hour:    TWD $180.
Traffic, Roads, etc. variance:    Expect 5% (Moderate traffic) - 10% (Heavy Traffic) increase, as the practical on-road fare.

Tipping
Sales tax is included in the listed price in Taipei. Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill. Otherwise there are no hard and fast rules. Of course you can always make someone happy with a small reward for good service.

VISA   
Foreign nationals 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 treatment, 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 issuance.
1. Visas
Visa Types: Four types of visa are issued by Taiwan depending on purpose of stay:
1.    Visitor Visa: For short-term stays up to 180 days.
2.    Resident Visa: For long-term stays over 180 days.
3.    Diplomatic Visa
4.    Courtesy Visa
For detailed information please visit the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.boca.gov.tw/np.asp?ctNode=776&mp=2
2. Visa-exempt Entry
Visitors from certain countries are eligible for visa-exempt entry to Taiwan. Please see the Regulations on Visa-exempt Entry and Landing Visas for Foreigners for more information. http://www.boca.gov.tw/lp.asp?ctNode=779&CtUnit=79&BaseDSD=7&mp=2
•    Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp?mp=2
•    Overseas mission of the Republic of China
http://www.taiwanembassy.org/mp.asp?mp=1
•    Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
http://www.taoyuan-airport.com/english/Index/
Where to Apply for a Visa: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs
Address: 3~5 Fl., 2-2 Chi-Nan Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2343-2888
Fax: (02) 2343-2968
Website: http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp?mp=2
Service Hours: 8:30~17:00, Mon~Fri.
Closed on weekends and national holidays

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VAT Refund Requirements:
•    Foreign travelers holding non-ROC passports, ROC passports without registered household, or a re-entry permit.
•    Foreign travelers who make purchases of at least NT$3,000 on the same day from the same Tax Refund Shopping (TRS)-posted store and who take the purchased goods out of the country with them within 30 days of purchase.
Where to Claim Your Refund:
At the "Foreign Passenger VAT Refund Service Counter" at the airport or seaport of departure.
Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1     Customs Service Counter at the F1 departure lobby
Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 2    Customs Service Counter at the F3 departure lobby
Refund Application Procedures: 
•    Present Application Form for VAT Refund, passport or other designated travel document, purchased goods to be taken out of the country, and original copy of uniform invoice to the customs officer.
•    After verification, the customs officer will issue a "VAT Refund Assessment Certificate."
•    Present the "VAT Refund Assessment Certificate" to the designated bank at the airport or seaport for issuance of refund due.

Weather
Summer starts from June. It begins to feel hot, with average low and high temperature respectively at 24 °C (75 °F) and 27 °C (80 °F). In the south it feels hotter with temperature hitting 30 °C (86 °F).
July in Taiwan is hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and occasional typhoons. Average low and high temperatures are 26 °C (78 °F) and 28 °C (83 °F), but temperature often hits 35 °C (95 °F) during the day.

What to Wear
Wear summer clothes such as shorts, T-shirts and skirts, and sun protection. Bring an umbrella because it rains sometimes, especially in the south. If you plan to visit mountainous areas you will need to bring a coat.


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