How to get from the Airport to the City
The main airport in Taipei is Taoyuan International Airport. It is located No.9 Terminal South Road, Dayuan Township. The airport website offers comprehensive transportation information including ticket prices from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei City.
Taxis on the north side of the arrival area of Terminal 1 and the south side of the arrival area of Terminal 2 of Taoyuan International Airport are certified by the Airport Police Bureau and provide first-rate taxi services.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day. The cost of getting from the airport to Taipei City is around NT$1,200 (USD$40). Credit cards are not accepted. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers. The journey to city center takes about 45 to 75 minutes depending on traffic. All of the taxis are yellow and have digital meters.
The MRT metro system is the easiest way to get around in Taipei. Clean and air-conditioned trains arrive every five minutes. To keep the transit system clean, smoking, eating and drinking is strictly prohibited. The well-maintained transit system is well-loved by office workers, students and tourists.
Hours: 06:00 ~ 24:00
(IC token, ticket card)
NT$20 ~ 65
Place is determined by distance. Be sure to double check ticket price for your destination.
1. Suitable for one-time trips.
2. Ticket machines sell tickets in every MRT station.
3. Effective conly on the day of purchase.
One-day Pass NT$180
One-day Pass NT$180(Gondola version)
Two-day Pass NT$310
Three-day Pass NT$440
Five-day Pas NT$700
The pass includes a magnetized card.
1. Suitable for short-term travelers.
2. Unlimited rides with MRT, city and prefectural buses. 1-day pass (Gondola version) with unlimited rides on Taipei Metro and associated bus services. Allows 3 trips on Maokong Gondola.
3. Available at the customer service counter in every MRT station.
4. Expires on the date of the number of days printed on the pass after the date of first-use.
One Day Pass
NT$200 (includes NT$50 deposit which can be reimbursed within three days of purchase at the information booth in each station, damaged cards will not be reimbursed)
1. Suitable for one-day visitors who intend to use the MRT to see the most of Taipei.
2. Effective on the day of purchase. Pass holder can take the MRT for an unlimited number of times before the pass expires. On pass is for one passenger only.
3. Passes are issued in commemorative editions (Taipei 101) and regular editions (Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall)
For first-time buyers NT$500, including NT$400 bus credit. Amount corresponding to the ticket price for a given distance is deducted from the Easy Card for every MRT ride.
1. Suitable for tourists planning to use the MRT to get around Taipei.
2. Accepted by MRT, city and prefectural buses.
3. Available at the customer service counter in every MRT station.
4. One pass is for one passenger only.
Foreign nationals may obtain tourist visas if they hold foreign passports or travel documents valid for more than six months in the Republic of China for purposes of sightseeing, business, family visits, study or training, medical treatment, or other legitimate activities. Visa requirements included one completed application form, incoming and outgoing travel tickets, one photo, documents verifying the purpose of the visits, and other relevant documents. The Visitor Visa Application Form can be downloaded from the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The completed form should be submitted to an overseas mission of the Republic of China for visa issuance.
w People's Republic of China passport holders (大陸地區專業人士來台從事專業活動)【Please contact conference secretary Ms. Patty Wong as soon as possible】 Visa-Exempt Entry and Landing Visas for Foreigners
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w Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
w Overseas mission of the Republic of China
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address: 3-5F., Central United Office Building, No. 2-2, Sec. 1, Jinan Rd., Taipei City
Service: Apply for Visas, Passport, Authentication
Opening Hours: 08:30 ~ 17:00, Monday to Friday
If you need an invitation letter or any other documents for your visa application; please email the Conference Registrar at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Invitation letters will be issued after you have completed your registration, paid fees for attending or after your have been invited to present at PET12.
1. The currency of Taiwan is the new Taiwan dollar (NT$):
· Paper Currency: NT$2,000, NT$1,000, NT$500, NT$200, and NT$100
· Coins: NT$50, NT$20, NT$10, NT$5, and NT$1
2. Changing Money:
Government-authorized banks and international hotels offer currency exchanges services. Please keep your currency exchange receipts in a secure place. You will need to show these receipts in order to exchange unused ROC currency for other currency.
Opening hours: Mondays through Fridays, 09:00 - 15:30.
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
Electricity & Telecommunications
· Taiwan uses an electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. Many buildings also have 220-volt sockets.
· Visitors with appliances of different voltages are urged to bring adapters with them.
Both coin and card pay public phones are available in Taiwan:
· Coin phones accept coins in denominations of NT$1, NT$5, and NT10.
· Card phones accept both magnetic-strip and IC stored-value cards available in amounts of NT$100, NT$200, and NT$300. These cards are sold in railway stations, bus stations, and convenience stores.
· Local calls from public phones are charged at NT$1 per minute.
· International direct calls are charged at NT$5 per specified unit of time.
When making local calls, it is not necessary to dial the area code; however, when making long-distance calls, first dial the area code of the receiving party (see the explanations on public telephones) and then the number itself.
3. Calling overseas direct from Taiwan:
· Dial Taiwan's international access code (002 or 009).
· Dial the country code of the country being called (Ex. "1" for the US, "86" for mainland China).
· Dial in the area code of the called party (leaving out the long-distance digit, "0").
Dial the local number of the called party. For operator-assisted international calls, please dial "100."
For information on international calling, call this toll-free number: 0800-080-100.
4. For international reverse charges or credit calls the dial-up codes for various countries are as follows:
· Australia 00801-610-610, 00801-610-061
· Canada 00801-120-012
· Germany 00801-490-049
· Hong Kong 00801-852-111
· Italy 00801-390-039
· Japan 00801-810-051. 00801-810-033
· South Korea 00801-820-820
· Malaysia 00801-600-060
· The Philippines 00801-630-063, 00801-630-630
· Singapore 00801-656-565
· United Kingdom 00801-440-044
· United States (AT&T) 00801-102-880
· United States (MCI) 00801-13-4567 (English), 00801-13-9988 (Mandarin)
Dial-up codes are subject to change. For toll-free information on current codes call: 0800-080-100
Tipping and Tax
Sales tax is included in the listed price in Taipei City.
Tipping is not customary in Taipei, but some hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10% service fee to the bill.
VAT Refund Requirements:
· Foreign travelers holding non-ROC passports, ROC passports without registered household, or a re-entry permit.
· Foreign travelers who make purchases of at least NT$3,000 on the same day from the same Tax Refund Shopping (TRS)-posted store and who take the purchased goods out of the country with them within 30 days of purchase.
Where to Claim Your Refund:
At the "Foreign Passenger VAT Refund Service Counter" at the airport or seaport of departure
Refund Application Procedures:
· Present Application Form for VAT Refund, passport or other designated travel document, purchased goods to be taken out of the country, and original copy of uniform invoice to the customs officer.
· After verification, the customs officer will issue a "VAT Refund Assessment Certificate."
· Present the "VAT Refund Assessment Certificate" to the designated bank at the airport or seaport for issuance of refund due.
· Directory of Tax Refund Shopping (TRS) Stores
· VAT Refund Information (Taipei National Tax Administration, Ministry of Finance)