Know this essential information on Taiwan
When to go
Taiwan has a subtropical climate, with average annual temperatures of 22 - 24°C. Summers (May - September) are usually hot and humid with average daytime highs of 27 - 35°C. Winters (December - February), are short and cool but not very cold, with average temperatures of 12 - 16°C. Taiwan has numerous festivals throughout the year, most of them are linked to their public holidays.
Although Taiwan is sub-tropical, the mountains can be chilly in summer (June - August) and snowy in winter (December - February). The dry season lasts from November to January in the north but extends to April in the south. Summer is hot and sticky all over the low parts of the island, with drenching rains in the mountains. Daytime temperatures in Taipei are around 33°C (91°F) in summer and 19°C (66°F) in winter, while the southern regions experience warmer winters with daytime highs of around 24°C (75°F). It is recommended that you pack cool clothes, regardless of what time you plan to go.
Visa and Passports
Citizens of America, the U.K., Canada, Australia and Ireland do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days. Citizens of New Zealand and South Africa require a valid visa for any lengths of stay. All visitors require a visa valid for at least six months after the end of the journey, to enter Taiwan and to re-enter their own countries.
Health and Safety
Traveling to Taiwan should hold in any danger to your health, however you should only eat properly cooked foods unless you know the restaurant. It is recommended to always drink bottled water if you are in a foreign country. Taiwan has a very low crime rate, so you should not be scared for your safety, however as with all countries, you should keep your valuables near and be vigilant at all times of petty theft and pickpockets.
Money and Currency
The New Taiwan Dollar (TWD) is the official currency unit of Taiwan. Banks generally offer the best exchange rates. Taiwan has an abundance of ATM machines, which accepts all major credit cards, such as, MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express. Most hotels and big establishments will accept credit cards, but most small shops and stalls will require cash. The standard tip is about NT$50 per piece of luggage and a 10% service charge is automatically added to room rates and meals. All other tipping is optional.