English language emergency line
Call 0800 024 111.
Call 110 or contact the nearest police station.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Taiwan.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Taiwan.
Full travel advice: Safety
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Demonstrations happen sometimes but are usually peaceful.
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
To protect yourself during periods of unrest:
Crime rates are low, including for petty crime.
Taxi drivers have assaulted some passengers. However, taxis are usually safe.
Some Australians have become victims of extortion scams. Examples include minor car accidents and claims of sexual assault at nightclubs.
To keep yourself safe:
Card skimming occurs. Keep an eye on your card when making purchases.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Typhoons happen in the wet or typhoon season from May to November. Flooding and mudslides are common.
The direction and strength of typhoons can change with little warning. In some areas, shelter from a severe typhoon may not be available to everyone.
If a typhoon is approaching, be aware that:
If a typhoon is approaching, local authorities may declare a 'typhoon day' at very short notice. This means businesses may only open for a short time and government offices may close.
Authorities announce a 'typhoon day' on local radio and television stations. This includes International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT), which broadcasts in English.
Updates on typhoons and other severe weather are available from the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau. You can also keep up to date by checking:
To prepare yourself in case of a typhoon:
If there's a typhoon or other natural disaster approaching:
Earthquakes often occur. Get advice on travelling to and living in an earthquake-prone region.
Tsunamis are a risk because of frequent earthquakes in the region.
For more information check out:
If you're near the coast, move immediately to high ground if advised by local authorities or if you:
Don't wait for official warnings, such as alarms or sirens. Once on high ground, check local media.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
Some prescription medications are illegal in Taiwan. Authorities may jail or fine you for carrying these medications.
If you plan to take medication, check if it's legal in Taiwan. Take enough legal medicine with you for your trip.
Taiwan Customs gives advice on limits and documents you'll need.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
Dengue occurs, especially in the tropical southern and central regions.
Cases of Zika virus were reported in 2016. There's no vaccine available against dengue or Zika virus.
You could also encounter Japanese encephalitis in Taiwan.
To protect yourself from disease:
Speak with your doctor about getting vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis before you travel.
If you're pregnant, ask your doctor about possible Zika virus risks.
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is common. Sometimes serious outbreaks occur. Outbreaks usually start in March or April and peak in May. However, they can continue until October each year.
HFMD mostly affects children aged under 10 years. However, adult cases occur, especially in young adults.
HFMD spreads through contact with discharges of infected people.
Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common. Sometimes serious outbreaks occur.
To protect yourself from illness:
Get medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.
The standard of medical facilities in public hospitals in major cities is good. However, there are often long waiting times.
The medical system can be confusing. Some hospitals have English-speaking private clinics.
Treatment at private clinics and priority care centres is expensive. You may have to pay up-front for medical and dental services, including for emergency care.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty.
Smoking, consuming, possessing or trafficking marijuana can lead to life in prison.
Carrying certain prescription drugs can result in heavy fines and long jail sentences. See Health
If you're involved in a legal dispute, you won't be allowed to leave Taiwan until the dispute is settled. This includes minor offences.
Legal processes can be long. Local authorities won't accept bonds or deposits to guarantee court appearances.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Taiwan recognises dual nationality. Taiwanese males aged over 18 must do military service. Some exemptions are available to overseas residents, but you should check this before travelling. If you're not exempt, you may have to serve when you arrive.
If you're a Taiwanese-Australian dual national and you're male, check before you travel.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Taiwan has restored the visa-exempt entry scheme for nationals of designated countries, including Australia. Please see Taiwan's Bureau of Consular Affairs website for the visa-exempt entry requirements and restrictions.
You won't need a visa for Taiwan if you meet all these conditions:
In other situations, you'll need to get a visa before you travel.
Australians can use Taiwan's e-Gate service. To register for e-Gate, visit the e-Gate Enrolment Counters at the airport, located next to the e-Gate lanes at passport control. The registration is valid until 6 months before your passport's expiry date, until you renew your passport, or until you obtain an Alien Resident Card (ARC) in Taiwan. You'll need then to register each trip online to use the gates. More information is available at the e-Gate Enrolment System website.
Working holiday-makers (WHM) must apply for the WHM visa before arriving. WHM visas are also valid as a work permit.
Entry and exit conditions can change. Contact the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
International transits are permitted at Taiwan's airports. Refer to Taoyuan International Airport or contact your airline or travel agent for more information on transiting Taiwan.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, you no longer need to quarantine or report your case through the telemedicine system. However, you're still advised to follow the Self-Health Management protocols. The maximum days of the SHM period have been reduced from 10 to 5 days. See new Epidemic Prevention Measures for details.
You'll be screened for high body temperature when you arrive. This is to guard against pandemics such as COVID-19, SARS and bird flu (avian influenza). Depending on your results, you may need more medical tests.
If you're planning to work, you need to get a work permit before you start paid or unpaid work. Work permits are usually arranged in Taiwan through your employer.
If you work without a work permit or WHM visa, authorities could fine or deport you.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD).
Declare amounts over USD10,000 or equivalent.
ATMs are widely available in cities and provincial centres.
International credit cards are usually accepted in hotels, restaurants and higher-end shops, especially in cities and larger towns.
You're no longer required to wear a mask outdoors. However, you must wear a face mask in some public venues, including:
Check the adjusted indoor mask rules for details. Failure to follow these directions may result in fines of up to AUD14,000.
If you plan to drive in Taiwan, you must get an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you arrive.
You can drive for up to 30 days with an IDP and a current Australian licence.
If you plan to stay longer, apply for an extension at the nearest motor vehicle office in Taiwan.
Roads and vehicles are well-maintained but scooters and motorcycles often weave in and out of traffic, and vehicles might not stop at pedestrian crossings. Look before stepping onto the road.
Heavy rain and typhoons can lead to landslides and road blockages.
Mountain roads are usually winding and narrow. Travellers have been injured in bus accidents on these roads.
To stay safe:
You need a motorcycle licence, either Taiwanese or international, to hire a motorbike.
Check if your travel insurance policy covers you when riding a motorbike.
Always wear a helmet.
Taxis are usually safe. However, there have been instances of drivers assaulting passengers.
To minimise risk, use:
Permits may be required for entering mountains in Taiwan. Ensure the phone location mode (GPS) on the mobile device is turned on. If you get lost in the mountains, dial 119 and follow the instructions to send your location. Alternatively, you can report the location number shown on a blue plate of the nearest electricity pole.
Taiwan has well-developed rail and bus services.
Petty crime happens, so take care of your belongings.
Some cruise lines stopover in Taiwan.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Taiwan's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 110 or contact the nearest police station.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer may have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
For consular help, contact the Australian Office in Taipei.
27th and 28th Floor, President International Tower
9-11 Song Gao Road
Phone: (+886 2) 8725 4100
Fax: (+886 2) 8789 9599
Check the Australian Office in Taipei website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact the Australian Office, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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