Travel Information

Visa Information

How can I get Visa to Taiwan?

Please go to the website https://www.boca.gov.tw/mp-2.html. The information on the website indicates that you need to apply for a visa if your nationality is not listed in the exempt entry and landing visa countries.

Otherwise, you do not need to apply for a visa. Please go to the website  https://www.boca.gov.tw/mp-2.html or consult your local travel agent for more details about Visa application.

Whether each participant can get the Visa fully depends on which country the participant comes from, because the visa process is the deal between two nations and nothing about the conference.

About Taipei

Taipei City sits at the northern tip of Taiwan Island, being the capital city it is the political, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Taiwan (R.O.C).  Railways, high-speed rail, highways, airports, and bus lines connect Taipei with all the cities of Taiwan (R.O.C).

The cultural kaleidoscope of Taipei pulses wherever you go. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neon street life of a decidedly more modern era.  Taipei has dozens of world-class restaurants where gourmets can sample the best regional Chinese cuisines; and for the gourmand, there are plenty of night markets serving up scrumptious evening snacks in an environment of chaotic excitement and fun.

The polarities of Taipei are vividly present with the joining of the urban and natural worlds.  Just a few minutes away from the heart of the city you can soak away the cares of the world in mineral-rich hot springs nestled in the lush mountain foothills ringing the Taipei Basin.  And throughout the city there are plenty of trails, parks, and other oases of tranquility to lift and invigorate your spirits.

Whether you are just stopping over en-route to another Asian destination, or planning a longer stay, Taipei is a multi-faceted treasure that will call you back again and again.

For more information please visit: https://www.travel.taipei/en/

About Taiwan Island

The Island of Taiwan has a total land area of about 36 000 square kilometers (14 400 square miles).  It is shaped like a leaf that is narrow at both ends.  It lies off the southeastern coast of mainland Asia, across the Taiwan Strait from China – an island on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean.  To the north is Japan; to the south is the Philippines.  Many airlines fly to Taiwan (R.O.C), making it the perfect travel destination.

Taiwan Island lies on the western edge of the Pacific “ring of fire”, and continuous tectonic movements have created majestic peaks, rolling hills and plains, basins, coastlines, and other natural landscapes.  Taiwan’s tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate climates provide clear differentiation between the different seasons.  There are rare or endangered species of wildlife on the island. Among these are the land-locked salmon, Taiwan serow, Formosan rock monkey, Formosan black bear, blue magpie, Mikado pheasant, and Hsuehshan grass lizard.

The Government has established 9 national parks and 13 national scenic areas to preserve the island’s best natural ecological environment and cultural sites.  There are various ways to discover the beauty of Taiwan Island. For example, trekking in the magnificence of the cliffs at Taroko Gorge; taking a ride on the Alishan Forest Railway and experiencing the breathtaking sunrise and sea of clouds; hiking up to the summit of Northeast Asia’s highest peak, Yu Mountain (Yushan).  You can also soak up the sun in Kending (Kenting), Asia’s version of Hawaii; stand at the edge of Sun Moon Lake; wander through the East Rift Valley; or visit the offshore islands of Kinmen and Penghu.  It’s fun in capital letters as well as an awesome journey of natural discovery!

Total Area
36 197 square kilometers

Climate
Subtropical (mean temperature 18 °C in winter, 28 °C in summer)

Check the current conditions and latest weather forecast at the Central Weather Bureau.

Population
23,55 million (April 2017)

Ethnicity
More than 95 per cent Han Chinese (including Holo, Hakka and other groups originating in mainland China); 2 per cent indigenous Austronesia peoples; 2 per cent immigrant residents, primarily from mainland China and Southeast Asia

Official Language
Mandarin

Currency
New Taiwan Dollar (NT$ or TWD)

For more information please visit the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

GDP
US$ 528,55 billion (2016)

Major Religions
Buddhism, Taoism, I-Kuan Tao, Chinese folk religion, Christianity, Islam

Time Zone
UTC +8 hours

Electricity
Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles, appliances from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia will need an adaptor or transformer.

Taiwan Plug outlet shapes

Traveling around Taipei

MetroTaipei logo
Taipei City has a very clean, efficient and safe Mass Rapid Transit system known most commonly as the MRT, but also called Metro Taipei. Muzha line, which connects to Taipei Zoo, is a driverless elevated system. The last trains depart at midnight. Fares are between NT$ 20 and NT$ 65 for one-way trips around town. Stations and trains are clearly identified in English, so even for those who cannot read Chinese the MRT system is very accessible. All stops are announced in four languages: Mandarin, English, Taiwanese Hokkien and Hakka. Most stations have information booth/ticket offices close to the ticket vending machines. Eating or drinking is prohibited past the fare gates. Trains generally run from 6:00 to midnight, with convenient bus connections outside the stations.
Taipei metro map
taxi

By Taxi 

The standard yellow cabs scour roads looking for potential riders. It is possible but generally unnecessary to phone for a taxi. To hail one, simply place your hand in front of you parallel to the ground. Not all drivers can converse in English or read westernized addresses. Have the hotel desk or a Taiwanese associate write out your destination in Chinese, and also take a business card from the hotel. Show the driver the Taiwanese writing of where you are going. Taxis are visibly metered, and cab drivers are strictly forbidden from taking tips. A maximum of four people can ride in one cab, and for the price of one.

bus

By Bus

Taipei has a local bus service, route maps are almost entirely in Chinese, though the destinations indicated on the front of buses are in English. If you’re staying at a hotel, have the clerk suggest some routes for you, and circle your destination on the map. Show this to the bus driver, and he/she will hopefully remember to tell you when to get off.

uber

Uber

Uber launched its private driver service in Taipei, offering quality, safety and convenient service at an affordable price.

bicycle

YouBike

In the hope of elevating life and culture in the city and in response to a global trend of energy conservation and carbon mitigation, the Taipei City Government, in collaboration with Giant Taiwan, initiated the Taipei Bike Sharing System Service Plan, also known as “YouBike”.

For more information, please visit: https://taipei.youbike.com.tw/en/f42.php