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Taiwan Getting in & out

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Visa Information

Citizens of 41 countries, including those of the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland and the European Union, may enter Taiwan visa-free for up to 30 days (90 days for citizens of Japan, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK) provided their passports have at least six months' validity. Residents of Hong Kong and Macau who hold SAR passports should apply for an entry permit, which can be done on arrival or online before departure if they were born in those respective territories, or have been to Taiwan since 1983. Holders of Chinese (PRC) passports may now visit Taiwan for tourism; most join approved guided tour, but those who meet certain criteria are able to travel independently.

For further information, consult Taiwan's Bureau of Consular Affairs

By plane

Taiwan's main international gateway is Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei, with Kaohsiung a distant second and very limited international services to Taichung and Hualien.

Major airlines

The main Taiwanese carriers are China Airlines and EVA Air. The former has a relatively poor safety record (12 major crashes in 30 years), whereas the latter is ranked one of the safest airlines in the world. Since March 2010, China Airlines has operated direct non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Taipei. Airlines and their telephone numbers in Taipei (area code 02, Taiwan country code +886).

  • AirAsia - 008 0185 3031 (toll free)
  • ANA All Nippon Airways
  • Cathay Pacific - 2715 2333
  • China Airlines - 2715 1212
  • Delta Air Lines - 2551 3656
  • Dragonair - 2712 4567
  • EVA Airways - 2501 1999
  • Jetstar Asia (LCC) from/to Singapore only.
  • KLM Asia - 2711 4055
  • Malaysia Airlines - 2716 8384
  • Singapore Airlines - 2551 6655
  • Thai Airways - 2509 6800
  • United Airlines - 2703 7600
  • Vietnam Airlines

English-speaking travel agents advertise daily in Taiwan's two English-language newspapers, The China Post and Taipei Times.

By boat

Scheduled passenger ferry services between Taiwan and Japan have been suspended, but Star Cruises continues to operate limited cruise services from Keelung and Kaohsiung to Hong Kong and various Japanese islands.

From Fuzhou, China, there are two daily ferries to Taiwan's Mazu. There are also several ferry services between Xiamen and Quanzhou on the mainland side and Taiwan's Kinmen.

Transport Hubs in Taiwan

Airport Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (桃園國際機場) (TPE). Formerly called Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (中正國際機場) in honor of the late dictator, this airport is Taiwan's main i... more
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