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The Republic of China (commonly called Taiwan), an island of East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean.

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Am I eligible for the Taiwan Travel Authorization Certificate with a H1B US Visa?

I am an Indian citizen, currently working in the US on the H1B visa. I was under the impression that Indians with a valid US visa can simply apply for a Travel Authorization Certificate online. ...
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Visa requirements from Pakistan to Taiwan to go to China

A couple of my colleagues and I are planning to go to China (Hangzhou) in a few to months to attend a conference. The flights to China, whether direct or otherwise, are out of our budget, so we only ...
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Are there any direct ferries between South Korea and Taiwan?

My plan is to travel between South Korea to Taiwan or the Philippines by sea. I'm looking for a ferry without having to change in China or Japan.
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Can debit cards with the Maestro logo be used in ATMs in Taiwan?

Debit cards with the Maestro logo work very well in Japan, they can be used at every ATM in a 7/11. Actually, I found (on YT) that most ATMs in Taiwan come along with a Cirrus label. Cirrus seems to ...
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How to answer previous travel question on Chinese COVA application?

The Chinese Online Visa Application asks if I have visited any other countries or regions in the last 12 months. I have visited Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong SAR. Unfortunately, I do not see an ...
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Is it possible to get from the Philippines to Taiwan to Japan (or the reverse) without flying?

It's not that I have a fear of flying but it seems the best way to see Island countries is by island hopping and these three countries are all relatively close to one another if you take into account ...
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Can a British citizen travel from mainland China to Taiwan as a temporary resident of China without a special permit?

I'm a British citizen with only a British passport. I'm in mainland China on exchange, so I arrived with an X1 visa then applied for temporary residency, which expires in July 2024. I'd like to visit ...
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For how long does an Easy Card remain active if not used?

Does Taiwan's Easy Card get deactivated if one doesn't use it for a while? How long does it take for the card to get deactivated? What happens to the balance that remains on the card? Can the card be ...
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Where can I find some map or other resource that indicates which beaches in Taiwan are not recommended/allowed to swim at, preferably with the reason?

Swimming at some beaches in Taiwan is not recommended or not allowed due to drowning risks (strong currents/eddies/whirlpools/etc.) and/or pollution, e.g. swimming at Shalun Beach (mirror) near Taipei ...
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Xiamen 10-hour layover questions

I'm flying from Jakarta to Taiwan (TSA airport) with a 10+ hour layover in Xiamen with a US passport. I found out from YouTube that I can join a free city tour there. But there are some unanswered ...
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Can I bring back electronic components from Taiwan?

I'm currently in Taiwan and the CPU/GPU are cheaper here than in France. Is there any law or regulation preventing me to buy some for me and my friend and to come back to France with them (I may also ...
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Can an Indian passport holder apply for a Taiwan visa without special documents?

I am an Indian citizen planning to apply for a Taiwan visa. But, in the site, I see an additional requirement saying: In addition, the applicant must possess at least one of the following documents ...
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How to get to Wulai Hot Spring in Taipei by public transport

There is a hot spring place called Wulai near Taipei city but how to get there by public transport?
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How many times can I refresh the 90-day stay in Taiwan? Can I keep refreshing it with a visa run indefinitely?

As a UK citizen I understand I can spend 90 days visa-free in Taiwan and extend this by a further 90 days, after this can I keep doing visa runs to get additional 90 day stays?
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Why was my passport stamped on exiting Taiwan?

I traveled first time to Taiwan in 2018. Entered with 90 day visa exempt. Upon leaving, I got no exit stamp on my passport. I traveled there again few weeks ago, again entered on 90 day visa exempt. ...
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Does a Chinese citizen need a visa to transit Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong?

I’m going to Hong Kong from Los Angeles using China Air Line. I have a Green Card and a mainland China passport. Am I allowed to make a transfer flight stop at Taiwan then to Hong Kong? My return ...
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Do any of the convenience store chains in Taiwan offer free Wi-Fi?

Here in Taipei there's more cafes than ever and most have free Wi-Fi, and of course accommodation always has free Wi-Fi too. So I don't bother spending money for Wi-Fi access. There do seem to be a ...
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How can a non-Chinese-speaking traveller use the free Wi-Fi in 7-Elevens in Taiwan?

In another of my questions here I asked if any of the convenience store chains in Taiwan offer free Wi-Fi. Well today I found out that 7-Eleven does. But the sign up / log in pages are totally in ...
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Where can "public showers" be found in Taiwan?

I've been travelling on foot and by hitchhiking and sleeping in a tent in many countries and now I'm doing so in Taiwan. But in some countries it's really easy to keep fresh. In Turkey I was often ...
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Transportation card in Taiwan

Is there a universal transportation card that is valid for MTR and buses all over Taiwan? Or do I have to buy a new card each time I visit a new city in Taiwan? If there is no universal card, I see ...
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Taiwan's post-pandemic "7-day SEP" policy

Since October 2022 when Taiwan opened back up for travel they've had a "7-day SEP" rule. I learned about this on Australia's "Smartraveller" site which usually has very up-to-date ...
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Is registering a marriage in Taiwan required for Taiwanese citizens living abroad?

Two Canadian citizens are getting married in Canada, and one of them is also a Taiwanese citizen. The couple plan on living in Canada, but will be going to Taiwan to visit family. Are they required to ...
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Where is the most remote convenience store in Taiwan?

Anyone who has travelled around Taiwan by scooter, bike, hitchhiking, or on foot, will know the value of the welcoming convenience store chains. They almost always have a generously sized area where ...
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Does Taiwan have thrift stores? How to find them?

Here in Australia we have the "Salvos" and "Vinnies" and many other "op shops" that sell old stuff people donated, and we have "Cash Converters" who buys your ...
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Is it customary to tip medical doctors in Taiwan with expensive bottles of liquor?

I am travelling to Taiwan to visit a relative-in-law who will be undergoing a pretty big surgery procedure. I'm not familiar at all with Taiwanese customs at all, but the relative in question asked ...
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What is the baggage drop deadline for Eva Air at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) for international flights?

What is the baggage drop deadline at the check-in counter for Eva Air at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) for international flights (to SFO if that matters)? Evaair.com - managing your trip ...
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Is the exchange in Taiwan bank exchange office in Taoyuan airport same as the Taiwan bank inside the city?

I want to pay the hotel soon in Taiwan. I have USD. I am not sure whether it is logical to pay with my bank card which I know has commission or change in airport since it is covid and the hotel wants ...
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Is there any way to buy Google Play money in Taiwan without a credit card?

I've seen Google Play "gift cards" on sale in convenience stores in several nearby countries, but for some reason I don't see them in Taiwan. Convenience store displays show cards for Apple'...
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Taiwan quarantine?

There is an announcement that there is 3 days quarantine rule which should be in specific hotel and taxi from airport. My destination is Tainan but I reach to taipei airport. Where should I go to ...
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What's the cheapest way to get from downtown Taoyuan to downtown Taipei, other than hitchhiking?

I will probably hitchhike but it is winter and rain is not unlikely. There are lots of discussions about getting from Taoyuan airport to Taipei, but I've actually been staying in Taoyuan for a few ...
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Can visitors rent electric scooters (motorcycles) in Taiwan with foreign drivers licenses?

There's nearly one registered scooter per adult in Taiwan (the motorcycle variety) and it's an excellent way to explore because (among other things) they are trivial to park almost anywhere, whereas ...
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In what ways can a document be authenticated for Taiwanese visa application purposes?

Taiwan visa applications in the US require supporting documents from outside Taiwan to be authenticated by the government of Taiwan. TECO informed me of two ways to do this: Have it authenticated at ...
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Is there any museum of early modern computing technology in Taiwan?

I'm wondering if anywhere in Taiwan there is a computer museum or technology museum at least partially dedicated to the early development of modern local computing technology. I'm interested in the ...
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How can a visa-exempt national visit Taiwan if they were born in mainland China?

There are several countries whose nationals do not require visas to visit Taiwan for durations ranging from 14 to 90 days. [Link] There is also another page where it is hinted that people who were ...
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Can a Chinese citizen living in Europe go to Taiwan?

Context My girlfriend is a Chinese (PRC) citizen and we are now living in central Europe. I went to Taiwan with a friend two years ago and really enjoyed it, and my girlfriend and I would like to go ...
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US citizen, traveling to Shanghai with Taiwan layover then a trip to Taiwan NOT for a layover. Do I need a visa?

I will be traveling to Shanghai for 4 days from NYC through Taipei. My layover is long, about 9 hours. I will be traveling back to Taipei but this time I won't be on a layover, but rather will travel ...
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Is taking photos prohibited at airports of Taiwan except those in Taipei?

I found the following information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: Дополнительные рекомендации с учетом особенностей страны Во всех аэропортах острова, ...
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Fedex Taiwan bound duties, taxes on personal package?

I live in California and purchased a laptop which was received at home and I arranged to have shipped to me in Taiwan via Fedex in original packaging. Fedex in Taipei has had the package several days, ...
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In Taiwan, do ATMs in convenience stores (7-Eleven, FamilyMart) charge higher fees than ATMs at banks?

In Taiwan like other East Asian countries (except China) using an ATM for a foreigner is quite a pain. One thing I personally hate is ATM fees. Australian banks all gouge us outrageously already on ...
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Is the tapwater fit to drink throughout Taiwan?

I didn't want to insult my hosts here in Taipei by asking if it's safe to drink the water since it's very developed here. On the other hand you can't flush toilet paper, so not everything we think of ...
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Consequences of Overstaying visa in Taiwan [closed]

Backstory: My visa expires in a few days and I don't want to go home to Canada. Life is wonderful and normal here in Taiwan. I can either go back home or overstay. Specifically, I'd like to overstay ...
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Taiwan maximum stay rules with reentry

I've heard about US expats temporarily leaving Taiwan for a weekend so that they can stay an additional 90 days under visa exempt entry. I have two questions about this practice: Is there a minimum ...
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Does the taxi waiting time impact the taxi fare when taking a taxi from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)'s taxi stand?

Does the taxi waiting time impact the taxi fare when taking a taxi from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)'s taxi stand? I see the waiting time on my taxi ride receipt, which makes me wonder:
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How can I know ahead of time whether the Taiwanese immigration and airline flying there will accept my passport?

I recently tried to fly from Manila (MNL) to Taipei (TPE) but at the airport ticket counter AirAsia refused to sell me a flight ticket on the grounds that my French passport was wet and that ...
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Are layover currently allowed as of 20th of March 2020 In Taipei and Manila airport?

I am planning to flight from Brisbane to Osaka and wondering if it was possible to layover at Taipei or Manila airport?
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Can I fly from Taiwan to Thailand? [duplicate]

Not Thai national, not Taiwan national. Passport grants visa exemption. Airline sold flight. After buying some Thai friends told me there is a government notice that says that Thai flying from ...
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Can you leave Taiwan airport after going through international security?

I'm going to Taiwan in a couple months, and due to a change of plans, I'll be staying an extra week while the others I'm supposed to be flying home with will carry on. I'm not able to cancel my ...
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How to get a SIM card in Taiwan?

I'm Vietnamese. I am looking for some information about travel to Taiwan in this site. Currently, I have a question. How can I get a SIM cardwhen I travel to Taiwan? I want to connect with my family ...
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Avoid fireworks/firecrackers in Taiwan

I have ligyrophobia (the fear of loud sounds). It is possible for me to tolerate things like balloons and thunders, but fireworks/firecrackers will send me into a panic attack. I will be travelling ...
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Are the hoses in toilets in Asia something I should know about?

I have noticed random bits of hose without proper fittings before I think for example in India and just assumed they are for use by the cleaners or for filling the water jug in squat toilets. But Now ...

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