Taiwan Travel Advice, Embassies & Tourist Offices

Travel Advice

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Taiwan on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International arrivals

When COVID-19 levels in Taiwan were low, every positive case was hospitalised, even asymptomatic cases. Due to a recent spike in domestic cases only serious cases will be hospitalised, while less serious, including asymptomatic cases, will be admitted into an enhanced centralised quarantine centre or hotel with professional medical staff on site. The decision on which category individual cases fall into will be made by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and on a case by case basis.

You should refer to the Taiwan Centers for Diseases Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for information on testing facilities.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Taiwan.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Testing

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. You may be required to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter or transit some countries or territories; and thus to undergo a test before you depart Taiwan.

Any individual who receives a positive COVID-19 PCR test will not be permitted to board an aircraft to depart Taiwan. Instead, you will be required by law to complete a mandatory quarantine: the length of which will depend on the seriousness of the case. Individuals with mild or no symptoms will be admitted into an enhanced centralised quarantine centre or hotel for this period. It may also be possible to quarantine at your residential property providing this meets the quarantine requirements. Any individual with moderate or more severe symptoms may be hospitalised. This applies to all nationalities and age groups and is irrespective of the purpose of their intended travel. The decision regarding these arrangements will be made by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and on a case by case basis.

Any individual who receives a positive COVID-19 PCR test will be contacted by their local health bureau who will advise on their mandatory quarantine arrangements. Visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information.

Further information regarding quarantine requirements at your residential property can be found in the Healthcare in Taiwan section.

For passengers travelling with children, you should check with your airline before you travel regarding the COVID-19 test requirements.

Any individuals who breach Taiwan’s epidemic prevention measures may face a fine of up to NTD $1,000,000.

Public spaces and services

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has been updating its guidance on epidemic prevention measures on a continual basis. In line with the CECC’s general guidelines, the Taiwanese authorities have advised that further localised epidemic prevention measures may be introduced in certain cities or counties depending on the COVID-19 situation in each location.

For the month of August, the following measures are now in place:

  • Face masks should be worn at all times when outdoors. Exceptions are permitted when exercising, consuming food and beverages and when in certain open spaces e.g. forests, mountains and beaches
  • Social distancing must be maintained in public areas
  • Restaurants will permitted to offer dine-in services provided they adhere to Ministry of Health and Welfare regulations
  • Enhanced epidemic measures will be introduced for certain leisure and entertainment venues
  • Members of the public are encourage to download and use the Taiwan Social Distancing App on their smart phone devices

From 21 January you must present your COVID-19 vaccination record to enter certain entertainment venues, including singing and dancing venues, discos, nightclubs, clubs, hostess bars, pubs, and beauty parlours (tourist parlours and audio-video parlours).

Venues will accept the paper-based “Yellow Card,” vaccination record on the Taiwanese National Health Insurance app, and the Digital COVID-19 Certificate introduced in January 2022. If you’ve been vaccinated in Taiwan you can download this Digital COVID-19 certificate from the Ministry for Health and Welfare’s website.

You should refer to the Taiwan’s Centers for Diseases Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information on the epidemic prevention measures in your area.

Those who breach Taiwan’s epidemic prevention measures may face a fine of up to NTD $1,000,000.

Travel in Taiwan

From 15 June 2022, all passengers arriving in Taiwan from overseas will now be able to choose between taking a quarantine taxi or having a friend or relative pick them up from the airport and take them to their pre-arranged quarantine accommodation.

See the ‘Entry requirements’ section for further information regarding transport requirements for all passengers arriving in Taiwan from overseas.

Taxis and public transport systems are operating normally in Taiwan. The wearing of face masks is mandatory on all public transport. If you use public transport and are not wearing a face mask, you may be fined up to NT$15,000.

You should refer to the Taiwan’s Centres for Diseases Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information on the epidemic prevention measures in your area.

Accommodation

All passengers arriving from the UK will be required to complete a mandatory quarantine in Taiwan. See Entry requirements for more information.

For a list of designated quarantine hotels in Taipei, please visit Taipei City Government’s FAQ page. If you are planning to stay in a hotel outside of Taipei, you may need to contact the local authority in that area prior to booking or making final arrangements. For more information and contact details, please visit the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s ‘Taiwan Stay’ website.

Healthcare in Taiwan

If you are in Taiwan and believe you may have been exposed to or may have contracted coronavirus, your first point of contact should be the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) helpline which is 1922. If you are unable to speak to anyone at the CDC you can telephone the British Office, Taipei for support.

Quarantine requirements for domestic COVID-19 cases

The Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) has announced new measures for home care management for individuals who have contracted COVID-19 domestically in Taiwan. Individuals who present asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 symptoms and meet the required criteria will now be permitted to undergo their mandatory quarantine at their residential address. Individuals with moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted directly to an enhanced centralised quarantine centre or hospital for treatment. The length of your quarantine period will depend on the seriousness of your COVID-19 infection.

You will be required to undergo an initial COVID-19 PCR test which the local authorities will arrange for you. No further COVID-19 tests will be required during this period unless you have been instructed separately by the local authorities. The cost of this COVID-19 PCR test and any further COVID-19 tests will be covered by the Taiwanese authorities.

You can end your quarantine after 7 days providing that your health condition has improved. If you are still presenting symptoms after 7 days, you are required by law to contact your local health department or the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control to report this. A decision will then be made on a case by case basis whether further tests or quarantine is required.

If you choose to quarantine at your residential address, closely monitor your symptoms throughout your quarantine period and contact 119 or your local health department if you need medical assistance.

You should refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information.

Contact tracing requirements in Taiwan

The Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) has announced the launch of a new self-reporting contact tracing system for members of the public who have contracted COVID-19 locally in Taiwan.

Any individual who receives a positive COVID-19 PCR test will receive a text message from the local authorities which advises on their positive test result and a link to the new self-reporting portal. You will then be required to report your condition, recent contact history and whether you require any medical assistance by logging on to the online system and following the instructions provided. Once completed, you will then receive instructions from the system advising on your quarantine and any further testing requirements.

You should refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information.

For contact details for English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Taiwan.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Taiwan

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country/territory where they live. We will update this page when the Taiwanese authorities announce new information on their vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Taiwan vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Medigen vaccines. British nationals resident in Taiwan are eligible for vaccination.

The Taiwanese authorities have released an online reservation system for booking a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in Taiwan. Foreign nationals who hold an Alien Resident Card (ARC) and National Health Insurance (NHI) card will be required to complete an online form and provide their contact information to register. Foreign nationals who do not hold a National Health Insurance card will be required to provide their ARC UI number and passport number in order to register. The local health department in the applicant’s area will contact the individual once an appointment has been scheduled. Vaccine priority groups and other criteria will apply.

The Taiwanese authorities have announced that from 7 December 2021, foreign nationals in Taiwan who have overstayed their visa can now apply to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Taiwan. The Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) has confirmed that there will be no repercussions or penalties to foreign nationals in this category that choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine 12 weeks after the date they received their second dose. Vaccine priority groups and other criteria will apply.

The Taiwan Ministry of Labour has prepared an English guide on how to book a COVID-19 vaccination through the official vaccination reservation platform.

In light of the increase of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, the local authorities have announced that reservations for self-paid coronavirus vaccinations for overseas travel purposes, have been suspended until further notice.

COVID-19 vaccinations for children

The Central Epidemic and Command Centre (CECC) has announced that from 2 May 2022, children aged between 5 to 11 years old will now be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Taiwan.

You can find out more information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for children on the NHS website and our online COVID-19 vaccination resources page on gov.uk.

Visit the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website for further information on the vaccine roll-out in Taiwan.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Taiwan, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, see Consular assistance

Monitor the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website for measures that Taiwan is taking to combat coronavirus.

Road travel

There are three options for holders of a UK driving licence to drive in Taiwan. You may wish to compare each option to decide which route is more appropriate to your personal needs and circumstances.

The first option is to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) in the UK from a UK Post Office. You will not be able to buy an IDP outside the UK, so get one before you travel. Once in Taiwan, you will need to take your passport, IDP and a passport photograph to a local Motor Vehicles Office to get your IDP validated. This option has the shortest and simplest procedure and can be completed on the same day. Your validated IDP will only last up to 12 months, and a new IDP needs to be obtained and validated thereafter to continue driving in Taiwan.

The second option is to exchange your UK driving licence for a Taiwanese licence at your local Motor Vehicles Office using the Licence Exchange Arrangement. Your Taiwan licence will expire 6 years from the date of issue. You will need to provide the relevant supporting documents and, in line with UK legislation, your existing UK licence will be returned to the DVLA by the Taiwanese authorities when you apply. You will be able to drive in the UK with your Taiwan licence as a visitor for up to 12 months each time you enter the UK. If you plan to return to the UK to live, you will be able to exchange your Taiwan licence for your UK licence. Please note that British Office Taipei cannot provide support on individual applications. Visit our Living in Taiwan page for application guidance.

The third option is to take a local driving test to obtain a Taiwan driving licence, while retaining your existing UK licence. This option requires more time commitment, but long-term UK residents in Taiwan may wish to consider this option. Do not drive a vehicle without a valid licence.

The alcohol limit for drivers in Taiwan is lower than in the UK. The current legal limit is 0.15 micrograms of alcohol per 1000 millilitres of breath or 0.03% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Driving while over the limit can result in heavy fines and imprisonment. Passengers may also be fined.

Roads and vehicles are well-maintained but scooters and motorcycles often weave in and out of traffic. Be alert when crossing roads as vehicles might not stop at pedestrian crossings.

Advance fee frauds

Individuals and companies in the UK (and elsewhere) often receive letters, faxes and e-mails, offering them large sums of money provided they send various ‘advance fees’ to Taiwanese bank accounts. Fraudsters obtain contact details from telephone or commercial directories, so recipients are not being specifically targeted.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) investigates advance fee frauds in the UK. Do not reply to these types of communication. The NCA website contains more information on this type of fraud.

Consular assistance

The UK does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The British Assistance and Services Section of the British Office Taipei can provide certain limited consular assistance. In cases of genuine emergency, the British Office may be able to issue you with an emergency travel document.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Taiwan, attacks can’t be ruled out.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.

You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places visited by foreigners.

There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

You should avoid any involvement with illegal drugs, which includes cannabis, whilst in Taiwan. Drug laws are stricter than in the UK, and involvement with illegal drugs, which includes cannabis, can attract strong sentences. Legal definitions of what constitute supply or trafficking may vary substantially from in the UK, including the quantities of drugs involved. If you’re found guilty of smuggling, trafficking, possession or use of illegal narcotics you can expect to receive a severe jail sentence or, in some cases, the death penalty.

This page has information on travelling to Taiwan. Check what you must do to return to the UK.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

Rules to enter Taiwan change frequently. You should keep up to date with the latest information on the websites of the Central Epidemic Command Center, National Immigration Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Taipei Representative Office in the UK.

The authorities in Taiwan set and enforce entry rules.

All travellers

Travel ban on foreign nationals

Taiwan has in place a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering Taiwan. However there are certain exceptions, as follows.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that, from 13 April 2022, foreign relatives of Taiwan citizens and foreign residents in Taiwan, with the exception of migrant workers, are now able to apply for a special entry permit to enter Taiwan. Applicants will be required to complete an online visa application form and to submit the required documentation to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) for consideration.

In addition, exceptions apply for the following groups: ARC/APRC/Gold Card holders, business travellers, foreign spouses of Taiwan passport holders and their children under the age of 20, foreign relatives of Taiwan passport holders, international students and foreign professors and researchers. Individuals visiting Taiwan for volunteer work, internships, religious work and working holidays can now apply for a special entry permit to enter Taiwan.

All foreign nationals will be required to have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa before they arrive in Taiwan. Currently there is no set date for when these border measures will be lifted. Exceptions may be made for emergency or humanitarian reasons. You should contact your local Taipei Representative Office for further information.
Anyone entering Taiwan will be required to follow the quarantine requirements set out below.

All passengers travelling to Taiwan will be required to follow the quarantine and testing requirements set out below.

Screening on arrival

The Central Epidemic Command Centre has announced that starting from 15 August 2022, no passenger arriving in Taiwan will be required to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within two calendar days of boarding their flight to Taiwan.

All passengers arriving in Taiwan from the UK before 15 August 2022, will be required to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within two calendar days of boarding their flight to Taiwan. Holders of Taiwanese passports or an ARC/APRC/Gold Card are not required to present this certificate.

Test Certificates of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR must be issued by a recognised medical institution in the country of departure and include the following information:

  • the passenger’s full name as per their passport,
  • the date of birth or passport number of the traveller,
  • specimen collection date and test report date,
  • the virus name, testing method and the test result

Test Certificates are required to be produced in either English or Chinese; however, in situations where the passenger provides a certificate in either French or Spanish, if the certificate is in the official language of the place of departure, and ground personnel of the airline are able to assist with the inspection of the content, the certificate may be accepted.

All passengers arriving in Taiwan will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test using a saliva sample upon arrival before being permitted to proceed to their pre-arranged quarantine facility. If the COVID-19 PCR test comes back positive, passengers undergoing quarantine at their residential property will be notified and permitted to undergo home care at the same location during their quarantine period. Passengers who test positive and are quarantining at a designated quarantine hotel will be notified and transferred to an enhanced epidemic prevention hotel, designated quarantine centre or hospital for further treatment. The decision regarding these arrangements will be made by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and will depend on the severity of your symptoms.

From 15 June 2022, all passengers arriving in Taiwan from overseas will now be able to choose between taking a quarantine taxi or having a friend or relative pick them up from the airport and take them to their pre-arranged quarantine accommodation.

Anyone found to provide false or incorrect test results, or evade or obstruct the quarantine measures, may face a fine of between NT$10,000 to NT$150,000 and further criminal charges.

Refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control for further information regarding Test Exemptions, Test Certificates and COVID-19 test requirements.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Quarantine requirements for passengers arriving in Taiwan

The Central Epidemic Command Centre has announced that starting from 15 June 2022, the mandatory quarantine period for international arrivals in Taiwan will be reduced from 7 to 3 days, followed by a 4 day self-initiated epidemic prevention period (previously called self-health management). There is currently a maximum ceiling set of 40,000 arrivals permitted per week into Taiwan.

You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test using a saliva sample upon arrival at the airport and a further self-administered rapid COVID-19 test will be required on the last day of your mandatory quarantine. You should submit the result of your rapid COVID-19 test to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) using the instructions provided. The local authorities will cover the costs of the COVID-19 PCR test and the self-administered rapid COVID-19 test.

Passengers who are eligible and choose to complete their mandatory quarantine at their residential property rather than a quarantine hotel or a designated quarantine facility will be required to declare that their residence complies with quarantine requirements.

You should refer to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or contact their helpline on 1922 for further information.

Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) holders

If you already hold a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC), you do not require a visa to enter Taiwan. For more information, you should visit the website of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you are in Taiwan you can also contact the ‘Information for Foreigners in Taiwan’ helpline on 0800-024-111.

If you are unsure if you are permitted to enter Taiwan, or you have further questions about entry restrictions and conditions, you should contact your local Taipei Representative Office (TRO) or airline before you attempt to travel. Entry procedures are being regularly reviewed, so may change at short notice.

Visa extensions

The Taiwanese authorities announced in March that travellers already in Taiwan who arrived under a visa waiver, visitor visa or landing visa before 21 March 2020, and had not overstayed their entry conditions, would be granted an automatic 30-day extension of their stay. This has now been extended by further 30 day periods. The extension will be applied automatically, no application is required. Your total period of stay, including extensions, cannot exceed 900 days (comprised of 180 days on a visitor visa, plus 24 automatic 30 day extensions). For more information, you should contact the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

If you arrived after 21 March 2020, your maximum stay is determined by your visa. If you wish to stay over 180 days, you may apply to do so if you have a legitimate reason for needing to remain in Taiwan or are unable to leave. Restrictions apply and not all British nationals will be eligible. You cannot apply more than 15 days before the 180 day point. For more information, you should contact the National Immigration Agency (NIA). The British Office is unable to issue letters or endorsements to support any application to remain.

From 10 March 2022, in line with existing arrangements in the UK, UK nationals in Taiwan who hold a Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa will be able to apply to switch in Taiwan to a working visa or a visa to study a degree course at undergraduate level or higher.

All applications should be submitted to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) for consideration. You will then be able to apply for an Alien Resident Card at your local National Immigration Agency (NIA) Service Center once your application has been approved. You should contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs or National Immigration Agency for further information.

If you’re fully vaccinated

If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Taiwan providing that you have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will also be able to enter Taiwan providing that you have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa. There are currently no additional quarantine or testing requirements for passengers who are not fully vaccinated.

Children and young people

Children under the age of 12 would be subject to the same quarantine requirements as their parents or legal guardians. You can accompany your children if they test positive for COVID-19. Refer to the Taiwan Centers for Diseases Control website or contact their helpline on 1922 for information on testing facilities.

For further information on healthcare in Taiwan, see the Coronavirus section.

If you’re transiting through Taiwan

Transiting is when you pass through one country or territory on the way to your final destination.

From 15 June 2022, international transits will be permitted at airports in Taiwan. The maximum permitted transit time is currently 12 hours. Rules and procedures may change at short notice. For further information, you should contact your airline.

Exemptions

Compassionate reasons

Exemptions to the rules may apply for:

  • Close family members of seriously or terminally ill patients
  • People attending the funeral of a close family member
  • Parents visiting any children who are minors

All foreign nationals will be required to have obtained the correct entry permissions and a visa before they arrive in Taiwan. You should contact your local Taipei Representative Office for further information.

Check your passport and travel documents before you travel

If you are visiting Taiwan your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

If you are a resident in Taiwan, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Visas

These visa rules do not apply at present, please refer to entry rules in response to COVID-19 for the latest information.

You may spend up to 90 days in Taiwan without a visa. You can then extend this by a further 90 days once you have entered Taiwan. If you plan to stay in Taiwan for longer than 180 days you must have a visa before you arrive.

Specific rules exist for naturalised British Citizens born in the People’s Republic of China and holders of British National (Overseas) passports wishing to enter under the visa waiver scheme.

For further information on entry requirements, contact the Taipei Representative Office in London, 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0EB, telephone: 020 7881 2650 or in Edinburgh, 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7PE, telephone: 01312 206886.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Taiwan.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Taiwan. If you’re entering Taiwan using an Emergency Travel Document (ETD), you must apply for a visit visa before travelling (unless you’re travelling from mainland China, in which case you can get a visa on arrival).

Customs regulations

You should not enter Taiwan with animal products without prior authorisation as those caught smuggling products may face heavy fines. Due to recent reports of African Swine Fever Virus (ASF) in pork products, particularly from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), local authorities have increased quarantine checks and inspections

Returning to the UK

Check what you must do to return to the UK.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Taiwan on the TravelHealthPro website

See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Taiwan.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country or territory-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country/territory-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist are available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.

While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Medication

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries and territories. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines.

If you’re bringing any prescribed medicine into Taiwan, you should bring the prescription issued by your doctor, hospital or clinic that shows the medicine is for your personal use. The amount of medication you bring must be consistent with the amount stated on the prescription. Cannabis oil and cannabis derived medication, even if legally prescribed elsewhere, cannot be brought into Taiwan.

For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact
the Taipei Representative Office in London.

Medical treatment

Taiwan has adequate health and dental facilities to handle routine, emergency and outpatient treatment. Some have English-speaking staff. Hospitals operate on a ’pay as you use’ basis. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 119 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment. Unlike the UK, it is not normal practice for a paramedic to accompany an ambulance.

Health risks

There has been a significant increase in cases of dengue fever. Cases are usually concentrated in the south of Taiwan (including the cities of Kaohsiung and Tainan) and are highest during the summer months. See the Taiwan Centre for Disease Control website for more information. You should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Tropical cyclones

The tropical cyclone (typhoon) season in Taiwan normally runs from May to November. There’s a risk of road blockages and landslides following typhoons, especially in central and southern Taiwan.

Listen to Typhoon Alerts on ICRT, BCC and PRS radio stations, or alternatively monitor the websites of the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau, Japan Meteorological Agency, ICRT and DGPA (Announcement of Office and School Closures in Taiwan).

See our tropical cyclones page for advice about how to prepare effectively and what to do if you’re likely to be affected by a hurricane or tropical cyclone.

Check the Central Weather Bureau website and the Directorate General of Highways website before travelling.

Earthquakes

Earthquakes do occur in Taiwan. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency website has advice about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Western Union, Moneygram and Travellers Express have offices in Taipei, but operating hours are restricted. It is not possible to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes. Bank transfers can be slow. Some branches of The Bank of Taiwan and HSBC will accept British credit cards, but you will incur handling charges. ATMs are plentiful but not all accept British bankcards (most ATMs in 7-11 convenience stores accept international cards). Designated banks will accept American Express, Citibank or Thomas Cook travellers’ cheques but you should be prepared to produce your purchase certificate or receipt as well as your passport when cashing them. If in doubt, check whether your travellers’ cheques will be accepted in Taiwan before you travel.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the FCDO in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).

Foreign travel checklist

Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.

Travel safety

The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can’t provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.

When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.

Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.

Refunds and cancellations

If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can’t offer a refund to their customers.

For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Registering your travel details with us

We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.

Previous versions of FCDO travel advice

If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCO travel advice. If you can’t find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice team a request.

Further help

If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.