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  1. 1. The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan Photo by Kaohsiung City Government 2009 World Games Main Stadium in Kaohsiung Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan August 2009
  2. 2. Welcome to Taiwan! Taiwan’s population of approximately 23 million represents a unique, richly diversified culture that is the result of different ethnic groups coming together over hundreds of years of development. On this compact island you can experience not only indigenous, Southern Fujianese, Hakka, traditional Chinese, and new immigrant cultures, but also historic sites that reflect cultural infusions. This profound historical background along with international cultural impacts have blended into a unique allure manifested in a multitude of aspects, from folk custom to fine cuisine. Most important, however, is the extraordinary friendliness of the people of Taiwan. Taiwan, once known as Formosa (“Beautiful Island” in Portuguese), is the largest green island on the Tropic of Cancer, with a subtropical climate that has nurtured special natural landscapes of mountains, hot springs, lakes, rivers and seas, with 150,000 species of butterflies, birds, and other flora and fauna—a quarter of them are endemics, including the Formosan land-locked salmon, Formosan rock monkey, Formosan black bear, and Swinhoe’s pheasant. This makes Taiwan one of the world’s most important locations for endemic species conservation. Taiwan also possesses complete educational, social, medical care, and transportation systems; comprehensive infrastructure as well as advanced information technology and communications networks. Its electronics industry and related subcontracting industries are among the tops in the world. In general, Taiwan is highly modernized. The government is currently engaged in the promotion of six major industries— biotechnology, green energy, tourism, medicine and health care, high-end agriculture, and culture and creation—to bring Taiwan into a new era of development. To give Taiwan an even friendlier travel environment, the government has established a Travel Information Hotline (0800-011765) that provides free and immediate 24-hour consultation services in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. To further enhance its international service, the Information for Foreigners website (http://iff.immigration.gov.tw) provides a wide range of information for tourists, overseas students, foreign residents and their dependents. In addition, there is an International Community Service Hotline (0800-024111) that provides 24-hour, 365-day information in Chinese, English, and Japanese, with a three-way calling function to resolve emergencies. This handy guide contains ten topics on Visas, Transportation, Culture and Travel, Eating and Drinking, Shopping, Daily Life, Healthcare, Banking, Employment and Investment, and Education—with important information on these various areas. It also tells you what you need to know to adapt to local life. We hope that each of you, whether you have come here for sightseeing, business, study, or work, will have a good living and easy traveling experience in Taiwan! 2 2
  3. 3. Contents 02 Welcome to Taiwan! 05 & Services Visas 15 Transportation International/Domestic Flight Routes 16 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Information for Foreigners Website 06 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Taiwan High Speed Rail 18 International Community Service Hotline 06 Round-the-island Railroad 18 Visitor Visas 07 Metropolitan Rapid Transit Systems 19 Resident Visas 07 Long-distance Bus Service 20 Visa-free Entry 09 Taxis/Car Rental 21 Landing Visas 09 Driver’s License and Overstay 11 International Driving Permit 22 Bicycles 23 ▼ ▼ Visa Services 14 Marine Transportation 24 25 Taiwan Discover 39 & Drinking Eating Tourist Information Services 26 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Taiwan’s Rice-food Culture 40 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Taiwan Tour Bus/Digital Tour Buddy 27 National Parks 29 Taiwan’s Noodle Culture 40 National Scenic Areas 30 Taiwan’s Tea Culture 41 In-depth Touring 32 Diversified Culinary Culture 42 Leisure Agritourism 33 Night-market Snacks 42 Arts and Culture 34 Special Local Delicacies 45 Food Safety Certification and Labeling 46 3
  4. 4. 47 Shopping 57 Tips Living Metropolitan Shopping Districts 48 Renting a House 58 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ English Services Emblem 50 Basic Public Services 58 Tourist Shopping Assurance System 50 Telecommunications and Internet 60 Consumer Protection 50 Postal Services 62 Information for Consumers 54 Buying Daily Necessities 62 Keeping a Pet 63 Recycling 64 65 Healthcare National Health Insurance 66 73 Services Banking ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Bilingual Healthcare Service 67 Hospital Gradation and Fees 69 Currency and Money Exchange 74 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Chinese Medicine 70 Traveler’s Check 76 Drug Safety 72 Opening an Account 77 Medical Tourism 72 Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) 78 Credit Cards 78 Internet Banking 78 79 and Investment Employment Work Permits for Foreign 87 Studying ▼ Professionals 80 Courtesy Treatment for Foreign ▼ Professionals in Taiwan 81 Foreign Schools 88 ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Work Permits for Overseas ▼ Taiwan Education Centers 90 Chinese and Foreign Students 83 Study in Taiwan 91 Working in Taiwan: ▼ Scholarships in Taiwan 92 Rights and Obligations 83 Studying Chinese in Taiwan 93 Labor Protection 85 ▼ ▼ Investing in Taiwan 86 4
  5. 5. 74 76 77 78 78 Foreigners who come to Taiwan for the first time might encounter living and 78 adjustment problems, but the Information for Foreigners Website and hotline is designed to help foreigners by providing all the information and emergency assistance. Visas in Taiwan are divided into four categories: Visitor Visas, good for short stays of up to 180 days; Resident Visas, long-term visas for staying for more than 180 days; and we also have Diplomatic Visas and Courtesy Visas. In addition, foreigners who meet certain criteria can enter Taiwan with Landing visas or visa-free. Information for Foreigners Website ▲ Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: International Community Service Hotline ▲ ▼ http://www.boca.gov.tw Visitor Visas ▲ Visa Information Hotline: 02-2343-2888 Resident Visas ▲ National Immigration Agency: Visa-free Entry ▲ ▼ http://www.immigration.gov.tw Landing Visas ▲ International Community Service Hotline: 0800-024111 Overstay ▲ Visa Services ▲
  6. 6. Information for Foreigners Website http://iff.immigration.gov.tw The National Immigration Agency maintains the Information for Foreigners website (http://iff.immigration.gov.tw) to give tourists, businessmen, overseas students, long-term residents, and alien spouses access to the information they need for living in Taiwan. This information encompasses visas, taxation, medical care, entry and exit, tourism, residence, environmental protection, domestic violence, children and teenagers, education, work, residency and sojourn, transportation, safety, and public services, among other useful subjects. The website has both Chinese and English versions. Information for Foreigners website: http://iff.immigration.gov.tw ▼ International Community Service Hotline 0800-024111 Foreigners residing and working in Taiwan can hardly avoid certain difficulties of living and adjustment due to differences in language, culture, and custom. The International Community Service Hotline (0800-024-111) provides toll- free, immediate, and comprehensive enquiry services 24 hours a day in Chinese, English and Japanese. Besides information about visas, residence, work, education, taxation, health insurance, transportation and other matters, it can help with lost items, house rental, security, investment, business, religion, law, and family violence reporting. In addition, a three-way call function can assist with reporting to the fire department or other request. Help and information from Hotline personnel make life in Taiwan care-free and convenient. 6 研考會廣告4.indd 2 2009/7/23 5:51:17 PM
  7. 7. Visitor Visas Visitor visas are used by foreigners who hold ordinary passports or other travel documents and plan to stay in Taiwan for no more than six months for transit, tourism, visiting relatives, study, business, or other purposes. Information about visitor visa application can be obtained from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Resident Visas Resident Visas are valid for three months and are used by foreigners who intend to stay in Taiwan for more than six months for visiting relatives, study, employment, investment, missionary work, or other purposes. A holder of a Resident Visa must, within 15 days of entry into Taiwan or within 15 days following the issuance of a Resident Visa to replace another type of visa, apply to the Bureau of Consular Affairs County/City Service Station at his or her place of residence for an Alien Resident Certificate and Re-entry Permit. The period of residence will be the period of validity notated on the Alien Resident Certificate. Application information can be obtained from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Documents Needed for Resident Visa Application Passport with remaining validity of at least six months. One completed visa application form and two two-inch color bust Documents photos taken within the past six months. Needed Documents proving purpose of residence in Taiwan, or document of approval from the competent ROC authority. Other related documents. Period of An ordinary resident visa is valid for three months. Visa Validity Foreigners entering Taiwan on a Resident Visa must apply for an Alien Period of Resident Certificate and Re-entry Permit at the National Immigration Residence Agency County/City Service Center at their place of residence within 15 days of entry. 7
  8. 8. The fee for a single-entry Resident Visa is NT$2,200 (US$66) and for a multiple-entry Resident Visa is NT$4,400 (US$132). (Applicable to the personnel of only some foreign missions in Taiwan). Corresponding handling fee: NT$4,323 (US$131; currently applied Cost only to Americans). Applications submitted in Taiwan for change of Visitor Visa to Resident Visa are charged a fee of NT$800 (US$24). Visas are free of charge for citizens of countries having reciprocal cost-free visa privileges with Taiwan. Foreigners who apply for Resident Visas by reason of employment may apply to have their original Visitor Visas issued by overseas ROC Notes office and changed to Resident Visas in Taiwan. This provision is not applicable to foreigners who enter Taiwan visa-free or with Landing Visas, or to foreign workers. Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). ▼ Website: http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp.asp Home Page >Visa >Statute Governing Issuance of ROC Visas in Foreign Passports Telephone: 02-2343-2888 Coming to Taiwan for Employment Employers who wish to hire foreigners to work in Taiwan must apply to the Council of Labor Affairs of the Executive Yuan for work permits; after the work permits are received, the prospective employers must apply for Resident Visas for the employees. If the prospective foreign employees have entered Taiwan on ordinary Visitor Visas, they can go to the office of the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Taipei, Taichung, or Kaohsiung and apply to have their Visitor Visas changed to Resident Visas. If the prospective employees are not in Taiwan, they must go to the nearest overseas office of the ROC and apply for Resident Visas. Foreigners who have entered Taiwan visa-free or with Landing Visas must leave Taiwan and apply for Resident Visas overseas. To simplify procedures for foreigners coming to work in Taiwan, the Council of Labor Affairs has set up a One-stop Center for Work Permits Applications for Foreign Professionals. Companies intending to hire foreign professionals can handle all the work permits procedures at this single window. One-stop Center for Work Permits Applications for Foreign Professionals: ▼ http://www2.evta.gov.tw/evta_wcf/index_eng.htm Bureau of Consular Affairs: http://www.boca.gov.tw ▼ ▼ ▼ Council of Labor Affairs: http://www.cla.gov.tw/cgi-bin/ National Immigration Agency: http://www.immigration.gov.tw/ 8
  9. 9. Visa-free Entry Visa-free entry and Landing Visas may be used by citizens of applicable countries and certain foreigners who meet specified criteria. Foreigners entering Taiwan visa-free must hold passports with a remaining validity of at least six months and a return or onward air (or boat) ticket and a valid visa for the next destination. The maximum period of stay in Taiwan for foreigners who enter visa-free is 30 or 90 days, upon the expiration of which period they must depart. Countries Eligible for Visa-free Entry Asia: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore. North America: United States, Canada. Latin America: Costa Rica. Europe: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Visa-free Entry Malta, Monaco, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, for 30 Days Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia. Citizens of India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia who hold valid visas for (or permanent residency in) the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the European Union (Schengen), Australia, New Zealand. Visa-free Entry Japan, the United Kingdom, Ireland. for 90 days Landing Visas Citizens of countries eligible for visa-free entry into Taiwan who hold emergency or temporary passports with a validity of at least six months, and U.S. citizens who hold passports with a validity of under six months, may, upon being found 9
  10. 10. by the inspection agency to have no adverse record, apply for Landing Visas. Landing Visas are most convenient for foreign nationals, especially tourists and others who intend to stay only a short time in Taiwan. Landing Visa Information Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Kaohsiung International Ports of Entry Airport. Return or onward air tickets (with confirmed seats) and a valid visa to the next destination. Required Completed visa application, and one photograph. Items Visa fee. No adverse record found by airport inspection agency. Those who enter Taiwan at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport should proceed to the airport office of the Bureau of Consular Af- fairs. Those who enter Taiwan at Kaohsiung International Airport should first obtain a Temporary Entry Permit from the Kaohsiung Inter- Processing national Airport 2nd Brigade of the National Immigration Agency Procedure and, within three days of entry, go to the Bureau of Consular Affairs or the Southern Taiwan Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and exchange the Temporary Entry Permit for an official visa. Those who fail to make the exchange within the required three days will be subject to punishment under the Administrative Execution Law. 10
  11. 11. 30 days starting from the date of entry. Not extendable or convertible to Visitor or Resident Visa. However, those who are unable to depart within the 30-day maximum because of serious acute disease, natural disaster, or other events beyond control, Maximum and white-collar professionals who obtain work permits during their Period of Stay period of stay, together with their spouses and children under 20 years of age who entered Taiwan at the same time, may apply for conversion to Visitors Visas at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or the Central Taiwan Office, Southern Taiwan Office, or Eastern Taiwan Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ▼ Website: http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp.asp Home Page > Visa > Statute Governing Issuance of ROC Visas in Foreign Passports Telephone: 02-2343-2888 Overstay To Avoid Punishment—Apply for Extension 15~30 Days Prior to Expiration Foreigners who hold ROC visas should keep track of the period of validity of their visas and Alien Resident Certificates (ARCs) to avoid being fined. Those who need to stay longer than the validity of their Visitor Visas should apply for an extension 15 days prior to expiration of their original periods of stay. Foreigners who hold ARCs for the purpose of living with relatives should apply for extensions 30 days prior to expiration, and those who hold ARCs for other purposes should apply to the National Immigration Agency for an extension 15 days before expiration. Those who overstay for no more than 30 days may, if their original reason for ARC application (such as employment or living with relatives) continues to exist may reapply for an ARC directly to a County/City Service Center of the National Immigration Agency, without having to leave the country; such persons will, however, be fined NT$2,000 to NT$4,000. Those who exceed the limit of their stay, residence, or order to exit the country can be compelled to leave the country and forbidden to re-enter by the National Immigration Agency; for related regulations, please check the Immigration Act. Application for Extension of Stay for Foreigners: ▼ http://www.immigration.gov.tw/ns/maine1.htm Telephone: 0800-024111 Locations of National Immigration Agency Service Centers: ▼ http://www.immigration.gov.tw/aspcode/show_menu22.asp?url_disno=158 11
  12. 12. Reapplication for Entry Visas Holders of ARCs who overstay under simple conditions may reapply for entry visas as follows: Conditions of Documents Needed for Status Overstay Application With the stamp indicating work permit Employment permit date in passport affixed by National White-collar still within period of Immigration Agency Service Center workers legally validity, and overstay at the worker’s location, apply to working in Taiwan of residence not more competent authority for ARC with than one month. three-month validity. Household registration not older than three months, or proof of valid resident status of spouse in Taiwan. Foreign spouses Household registration no more than three months or proof of a valid Overstay of ARC Taiwan residence ID from a relative. period by less than Household registration no more Underage six months. than three months or proof of a valid dependents Taiwan residence ID from a relative. Overseas Chinese and foreign Valid student ID card. students Bureau of Consular Affairs Global Information website: http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp?mp=2 ▼ 12
  13. 13. Service Centers of the National Immigration Agency Service Center Telephone Service Center Telephone 02-2428-1775 05-362-3763 Keelung City Chiayi County 02-2427-6174 02-2389-9983 06-293-7641 Taipei City Tainan City 06-293-6210 02-8964-7960 06-581-7404 Taipei County Tainan County 02-8964-6937 06-581-6659 03-331-4830 07-282-1400 Taoyuan County Kaohsiung City 03-331-0409 07-221-3478 03-5243517 07-621-2143 Hsinchu City Kaohsiung County 03-524-7357 07-623-6294 03-551-4590 08-721-6665 Hsinchu County Pingtung County 03-551-9905 08-721-5417 037-322-350 03-957-5448 Miaoli County Yilan County 037-327-941 03-957-8455 04-2254-9981 03-832-9700 Taichung City Hualien County 04-2254-2545 03-833-0007 04-2526-1087 089-361-631 Taichung County Taitung County 04-2526-9777 04-834-9614 06-926-7150 Changhua County Penghu County 04-834-7640 06-926-9469 049-220-0065 082-323701 Nantou County Kinmen County 049-224-2235 082-323-695 05-534-5971 0836-23741 Yunlin County Lienchiang County 05-534-6029 0836-23738 05-231-3274 Chiayi City 05-231-9947 13
  14. 14. Visa Services In countries where the ROC maintains a mission, foreigners may submit visa applications at the ROC embassy or representative office. It is advised that they apply at the ROC mission in the country where they have a fixed residence. Applications for foreigners’ visas submitted within Taiwan must be taken to the Bureau of Consular Affairs and must include a “Letter of Guarantee for Visa Application to the Republic of China,” “Notification of Approval of Letter of Guarantee for Visa Application to the Republic of China,” “Visa Application Form,” and other relevant documents. The Bureau of Consular Affairs and the different regional offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provide the forms and information needed for visa application. Locations for Submitting Visa Applications in Taiwan Service Unit Telephone Address Bureau of Consular Affairs, 3~5F., 2-2, Sec. 1, Jinan Rd. 02-2343-2888 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taipei City Central Taiwan Office, Ministry 1F., 503, Sec. 2, Liming Rd., 04-2251-0799 of Foreign Affairs Taichung City Southern Taiwan Office, Ministry 2F., 436, Chenggong 1st Rd., 07-211-0605 of Foreign Affairs Kaohsiung City Eastern Taiwan Office, Ministry 6F., 371, Zhongshan Rd., 03-833-1041 of Foreign Affairs Hualien City Taoyuan International Airport Office, 03-398-2629 (Terminal I) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (24 hours) 03-398-5805 (Terminal II) Service hours: 08:30 - 17:00 (available during lunch hours) 14
  15. 15. Taiwan has a comprehensive transportation network. Here, you can take the High Speed Rail to whisk you from north to south in a jiffy, or you can use the round-the-island railway network, highway buses, and mass rapid transit systems, drive your own car, or ride motor scooters to take you throughout the island. Cyclists can plan a round-the-island trip and load your bike on a train or MRT at designated stations. You can also travel to offshore islands by plane or ferry. International/Domestic Flight Routes ▲ Taiwan High Speed Rail ▲ Round-the-island Railroad ▲ Metropolitan Rapid Transit Systems ▲ Long-distance Bus Service ▲ Taxis/Car Rental ▲ Driver’s License and International Driving Permit ▲ Bicycles ▲ Marine Transportation ▲
  16. 16. International Flight Routes Taiwan’s international air routes are served by Taoyuan International Airport (about 40 kilometers from Taipei) and Kaohsiung International Airport, which have direct flights to major destinations all over the world. Airlines Serving Taiwan’s International Airports, and Flight Destinations Airport Destinations Airlines China Airlines, EVA Airways, Far East- Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, ern Air Transport, Mandarin Airlines, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, TransAsia Airways, Uni Air, Air Macau, Sapporo, Okinawa, Seoul, All Nippon Airways, Air New Zealand, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Continental Airlines, Dragon Air, Viet- Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, nam Airlines, Japan Asia Airways, Chiangmai, Phnom Penh, Ja- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Malaysia Taiwan karta, Da Nang, Kuala Lum- Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Philippine Taoyuan pur, Penang, Bali, Surabaya, Airlines, Pacific Airlines, Angkor Air- International Singapore, Palau, Kota Kina- ways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airport balu, Bandar Seri Begawan, Airlines, Thai Airways International, Brisbane, Sydney, Delhi, United Airlines, Australia Asia Airlines, Auckland, Los Angeles, San Garuda Indonesia, Thai Sky Airline, Francisco, Seattle, Anchor- Cargolux, Federal Express, Gemini age, New York Kennedy, Air Cargo, Martinair, Polar Air Cargo, Guam, Honolulu, Vancouver, Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines, Sin- Frankfurt, Paris, Kaohsiung. gapore Airlines Cargo, Saudi Airlines, UPS, Emirates Airline, Air Hong Kong. China Airlines, EVA Airways, Far East- Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, ern Air Transport, TransAsia Airways, Manila, Incheon, Jeju, Hanoi, Kaohsiung Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines, Air Macau, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, International Japan Asia Airways, Dragon Air, Phuket, Kuala Lumpor, Sin- Airport Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, gapore, Bali, Kota Kinabalu, Pacific Airlines, Air Macau, Federal Jakarta, Taoyuan. Express. National Immigration Agency: ▼ http://www.immigration.gov.tw//immig_eng/aspcode/main4.asp Taoyuan International Airport: http://www.taoyuanairport.gov.tw/english/ ▼ ▼ ▼ Kaohsiung International Airport: http://www.kia.gov.tw/english/e_index.asp International Community Service Hotline: 0800-024111 16
  17. 17. Flights Across the Taiwan Straits Foreigners with valid visas and passports or other travel documents, or valid passports with which they have entered the Republic of China visa-free, and residents of Hong Kong and Macau holding valid entry and exit permits, may enter and depart from mainland China via Kinmen, Matsu, or Penghu after their documents have been examined by the National Immigration Agency. Taiwan airports with direct flights to mainland China: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, Taichung Airport, Hualien Airport, Taitung Airport, Magong Airport, Kinmen Airport. Domestic Flight Routes Taiwan has a highly developed domestic flight network with 17 airports serving Taiwan proper as well as outlying islands. Flights should be reserved ahead of time, or have a travel agency to arrange for tickets. Foreigners need their passports when checking in and boarding. Civil Aeronautics Administration: http://www.caa.gov.tw/en/ ▼ Major Airport Telephone Airport Telephone Taipei Songshan Airport 02-8770-3430, 02-8770-3460 Domestic flights: 07-805-7630 Kaohsiung International Airport International flights: 07-805-7631 Hualien Airport 03-821-0768 Taitung Airport 089-362530, 089-362531 Taichung Airport 04-2615- 5206, 04-2615-5000 ext. 123 Chiayi Airport 05-286-7886 ext. 0, 311 Tainan Airport 06-260-1016, 06-260-1017 Kinmen Airport 082-322-381, 082-313-694 Magong Airport 06-922-8188 Orchid Island Airport 089-732-220 Green Island Airport 089-671-194 Cimei Airport 07-9971-256 17
  18. 18. Wangan Airport 06-999-1806 Nangan Airport 0836-26-505 Beigan Airport 0836-56-606 ext. 105 Hengchun Airport 08-889-7120 ext. 1127 Pingtung Airport 08-7665760 Taiwan High Speed Rail The High Speed Rail has become the main facility for north-south passenger transportation along Taiwan’s west- coast corridor. It zips from Taipei to Kaohsiung in less than two hours, with stations in Taipei, Banciao (Banqiao), Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Zuoying in Kaohsiung. For High Speed Rail schedules and ticket prices, consult: ▼ http://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/ High Speed Rail Service Telephone: 02-4066-3000 ▼▼ High Speed Rail Reservation Telephone: 02-4066-0000 Station transfers Passengers can transfer directly between High Speed Rail and Taiwan Railways Administration trains at the Taipei, Banciao (Banqiao), Taichung, and Zuoying stations. Other stations have shuttle buses, taxis, reserved pickup, and car rental services to provide transportation to other destinations. For drivers, parking lots are located in the vicinity. For High Speed Rail transfers, consult: ▼ http://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/destinations/des_transfer.asp Round-the-island Railroad The round-the-island railroad connects all of Taiwan’s major cities. There are also branch lines that give access to specific areas including Jiji, Pingxi (Pingsi) and Neiwan. Riding on a train is one of the best ways to travel around Taiwan. Tickets can be reserved up to 14 days prior to travel via telephone or website, but must be picked up at the railway administration or post office within two days after reservations. For travel on holidays, be sure to reserve early. 18
  19. 19. Students who are in Taiwan on short- Taipei Taipei City / County Transportation term study tours can present their Taichung Transportation Taoyuan County foreign passports and international Kaohsiung Transportation Hsinchu City / County student certification or a travel Yilan Transportation Miaoli County Yilan County pass issued by the National Youth Hualien Transportation Commission, and buy a cheap 5-day, Taichung City / County 7-day, or 10-day Taiwan Rail Pass Changhua County Nantou Hualien County County (TR-PASS). (This is not available to Yunlin County foreigners with resident certificates). Chiayi City / County This offers young people an ideal opportunity to learn about Taiwan by Tainan City / County taking a leisurely and economical trip Kaohsiung around the country. City / County Taitung County Taiwan Railways Administration: ▼ http://service.tra.gov.tw/EN Pingtung County Train schedules: http://163.29.3.96/TWRail_en ▼ Metropolitan Rapid Transit Systems Danshui Both Taipei and Kaohsiung Hongshulin Metro Taipei Route Map Gangshan South have mass rapid transit Ciaotou Zhuwei Zhongyi Beitou Xinbeitou systems that provide Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Cingpu Qiyan Guandu Fuxinggang Qilian convenient access Park tourist Metropolitan to Shipai Sizihwan Mingde Xihu Wende spots withinHoujing cities and, Nanzih Export Processing Zone the Yanchengpu Oil Refinery Zhishan Gangqian Jiannan Rd. Neihu sometimes Game Elementary School World with connecting City Council Shilin Dazhi Huzhou buses in surrounding areas. Zuoying Sinyi Elementary School Jiantan Yuanshan Donghu If you plan to stay in Taiwan Ecological District Cultural Center Station Wukuaicuo Minquan W. Rd. Songshan Airport Nangang Software Park for an extended period, you Kaohsiung Arena Martial Arts Stadium Zhongshan Taipei Nangang Shuanglian Junior High School Exhibition Center can Aozihdi save time by buying ol Weiwuying Nanjing E. Rd. ho Kunyang Sc Longshan Zhongshan Ximen Shandao Zhongxiao Zhongxiao Sun Yat-Sen Temple Xinsheng Fuxing Memorial Hall Houshanpi Nangang an IC fare card, including Houyi ta en ent ry er ta diu m t nio r Fongshan West Temple lem al C uo rts S es Ju Taipei Main Station Zhongxiao Dunhua Taipei City Hall Yongchun EasyCard in Taipei, I-Pass Kaohsiung Main Station Formosa Boulevard yi Sin Cu E ltu r u aic ku tial W Mar eiw ng A u g n W an yin sha gsh on on g n ol ha ho gs Sc o Fongshan Station Jiangzicui NTU Hospital ad on igh lia W Fo F F H Xinpu Xiaonanmen Chiang Kai-Shek Daan Technology Building and TaiwanMoney Card in il D Da Dadong Station nc Central Park Banqiao Memorial Hall Guting Taipower Building Liuzhangli Linguang ihw Kaohsiung. Shopping District an en gp u Cit yC ou Sanduo Fongshan Junior High School Fuzhong Siz nch Dingxi Gongguan Xinhai Ya Yongan Wanfang Shihjia Far Eastern Market Community Hospital Wanlong Taipei Zoo Kaisyuan Daliao Station Haishan Jingan Wanfang Muzha Jingmei Hospital Cianjhen Senior High School Tucheng Nanshijiao Dapinglin N N Caoya Xiaobitan Qizhang Yongning Kaohsiung International Airport Xindian City Office Xindian Siaogang 19
  20. 20. Danshui * Smoking, eating Gangshan South Kaohsiung MRT Route Map Hongshulin or drinking, and Ciaotou Zhuwei Zhongyi Beitou Xinbeitou chewing gum are Ciaotou Sugar Refinery Cingpu Guandu Fuxinggang Qiyan Qilian prohibited in MRT Shipai stations and on Nanzih Export Processing Zone Metropolitan Park Sizihwan Mingde trains. Wende Xihu Oil Refinery Elementary School Houjing Yanchengpu Zhishan Gangqian Neihu City Council Jiannan Rd. World Game Shilin Taipei Rapid Transit Corp.: ▼ Huzhou Zuoying Sinyi Elementary School Dazhi Jiantan http://www.trtc.com.tw/e Donghu Ecological District Cultural Center Station Yuanshan Kaohsiung RapidNangang Transit Wukuaicuo ▼ Songshan Minquan W. Rd. Airport Software Park Kaohsiung Arena Martial Arts Stadium Shuanglian Corp.: School Zhongshan Junior High Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Aozihdi Weiwuying http://www.krtco.com.tw/ Nanjing E. Rd. l oo Zhongshan Kunyang en Sch Nangang Houyi Fongshan West Shandao Zhongxiao Zhongxiao Sun Yat-Sen um y Longshan en/e-index.aspx Houshanpi ra ntar Ximen r Temple Xinsheng Fuxing Fo yin tadi te Memorial Hall ol or Temple e sh st Da cho uni lem S ar cuo lC e Kaohsiung Main Station Fongshan Station eiw rts Fo n W Yongchun S nJ Zhongxiao Taipei iE an Taipei Main Station ng g i lA ua gh a ltu ny a Dunhua Hi gsh ng City Hall tia uk sh Formosa Boulevard Cu u Jiangzicui ng Si NTU Hospital do W n o Xiaonanmen Daan M Fo Da lia W Xinpu Chiang Kai-Shek Technology Building Dadong Station Central Park il Memorial Hall Guting nc Banqiao u Linguang Co u Fongshan Junior High School Station gp n Taipower Building Liuzhangli Sanduo Shopping District wa ty en Ci Fuzhong zih ch Dingxi Si n Gongguan Xinhai Ya Yongan Wanfang Shihjia Eastern Market Community pital Wanlong Taipei Zoo Kaisyuan Daliao Station Haishan Jingan Wanfang Muzha Jingmei Hospital Cianjhen Senior High School ucheng Nanshijiao Dapinglin N N Caoya Xiaobitan Qizhang Yongning Kaohsiung International Airport Xindian City Office Xindian Siaogang Long-distance Bus Service Long-distance passenger buses ply Taiwan’s freeways and provincial highways, providing convenient travel between cities. Some routes operate 24 hours a day, and prices are cheaper than going by train or plane, making them the best options for travelers. Bus Company Contacts Bus Company Telephone Kuo-Kuang Bus 0800-010-138, 02-2331-2950 Ubus 0800-241-560, 02-2995-7799 Aloha Bus 0800-043-168, 07-237-5640 Ho-Hsin Bus 0800-002-377 Free Go Bus 0800-051-519 20
  21. 21. Local Bus Service Short-distance bus services cover all cities and rural areas. In the Taipei and Kaohsiung metropolitan areas you can use the MRT system in conjunction with shuttle buses to save travel time. The routes information of these public buses is marked by bus-stop signs. E-Traffic Service: http://e-iot.iot.gov.tw/ (Chinese only) ▼ Taxis Taiwan’s taxis are easily identifiable by their bright yellow color as well as the “Taxi” light on their roofs. Taxis in major cities charge by the meter, but use fee and mileage charges differ city by city. Some long-distance taxi drivers do not use their meters, so passengers should ascertain the cost before boarding. Most cities in Taiwan have convenient taxi services and can be summoned by telephone. In Taipei and Kaohsiung there are certified taxi drivers that have passed English proficiency tests; one way to hire them is to call the International Community Service Hotline (0800-024111) and have one ordered up for you. Most chain convenience stores can also call a taxi for you. Toll Free Taxi Hotline: 0800-055850 (Taipei and Keelung areas), 0800-001006 (Kaohsiung) ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ Information for Foreigners website: http://iff.immigration.gov.tw Taipei English Taxi Drivers Association: 02-2799-7997 Taiwan Taxi Corp: 405-88888 ext. 9 Car Rental Renting a car in Taiwan is very convenient, with rental companies offering various kinds of vehicles at major airports, railway stations, and major cities. If you are unfamiliar with Taiwan’s roads, you might consider chauffeur service. 24-hour Travel Information Hotline: 0800-011765 ▼ 21
  22. 22. Driver’s License and International Driving Permit Driver’s licenses in Taiwan include automobile driver’s licenses and motorcycle driver’s licenses (both light and ordinary heavy motorcycles). There are two regulations governing the conversion of licenses for foreigners: “Holders of International Driving Permit Issued by Countries Having Reciprocity with ROC,” and “Holders of Foreign Domestic Driver’s Licenses Eligible for Conversion to ROC Driver’s Licenses Without Testing.” Holders of licenses from countries without reciprocity must be tested in Taiwan. Holders of International Driving Permits issued by countries having reciprocity with the ROC may use them to drive in Taiwan for short-term stays of up to 30 days; drivers staying for more than 30 days must fill out an “International Driving License Permit Application” and submit it to a Highway Supervision Office for license issuance. “Holders of Foreign Domestic Driver’s Licenses Eligible for Conversion to ROC Driver’s Licenses Without Testing” may, within one year of the day following their entry into Taiwan, submit their valid license and proof of permission for stay or residence in Taiwan for one year or longer to a Highway Supervision Office for conversion into a Taiwan license without testing under the principle of equality and reciprocity. To convert a license issued by another country or area into an ROC driver’s license, however, the holder must, before arriving in Taiwan, apply for verification at an overseas ROC embassy, representative office, office, or at a foreign embassy in Taiwan. To obtain a new ROC driver’s license, a driver must apply at a Motor Vehicle Supervision Office or Station under the Directorate General of Highways. For the convenience of foreigners, a computerized written test item bank is provided in seven languages: Chinese, English, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Cambodian. Directorate General of Highways: http://www.thb.gov.tw/new_english/index.htm ▼ License Testing and Conversion of International Driving Permits Department in Charge Website Telephone Motor Vehicle Office, Taipei City Goverment www.mvo.taipei.gov.tw 02-2831-4155 Taipei Motor Vehicle Supervision Office www.tmvso.gov.tw 02-2688-4366 Hsinchu Motor Vehicles Office www.hmv.gov.tw 03-589-2051 22

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