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FAQ Contents Visiting Taiwan  Your  Your visa  The 90 days loophole Conscription – Do I have to do ilitary service! "ow do I get to Taiwan! #hat should y $udget $e! "ow sa%e is Taiwan! #hat is the $est city to visit! #hat is the $est tie o% year to visit! #hat should I $ring! #hat should I $uy! "ow uch Chinese do I need to &now! #hat are soe o% the lesser'&nown attractions in Taiwan! (iving in Taiwan For wor& "ow can I wor& in Taiwan! "ow uch Chinese do I need to &now! #here should I live! For study "ow can I study Chinese! )ndergrad * +raduate study #here can I eet people!  Teaching  Teaching ,nglish in Taiwan Taiwan ,-( .0. in Taiwan #hat other /o$s are availa$le! "ow can I sort y wor& perit and residency!  Taiwans  Taiwans healthcare syste syste %or travelers travelers and residents r1Taiwa r1Taiwan n FAQs

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Visiting Taiwan  Your  Your visa Citi2ens o% the %ollowing countries can o$tain a landing visa %or up to 90 days Andorra3 Australia 4,5ective %ro 6anuary .3 70.8 %or one year3 Austria3 :elgiu3 :ulgaria3 Canada3 Croatia3 Cyprus3 C2ech ;epu$lic3 ;epu$lic3 Denar&3 ,stonia3 Finland3 France3 +erany3 +reece3 "ungary3 Iceland3 Ireland3 Israel3 Italy3 6apan3 ;epu$lic o% <orea3 (atvia3 (iechtenstein3 (ithuania3 (u=e$ourg3 >alta3 >onaco3 the ?etherlands3 ?ew @ealand3 ?orway3 oland3 ortugal3 ;oania3 ;oania3 -an >arino3 -lova&ia3 -lovenia3 -pain3 -weden3 -wit2erland3 )B<B3 )B-BAB and Vatican City -tateB :

Citi2ens o% >alaysia and -ingapore can o$tain a landing visa %or up to 30 days.  You  You ust have a passport that is valid %or at least least si= onthsB  You  You ust $ring an onward1return onward1return tic&et tic&et to prove you will will $e e=iting the country countryBB

 The 90 days loophole TL;DR: Yes, you can exit and reenter the country every 90 days to renew your visitor visa. For people who do not want to apply %or an A;C through through wor&3 school3 or /oining %aily3 there is the option to $uy a round'trip tic&et to a neigh$oring country 4usually "ong <ong3 as it is the closestB eople who use this ethod will y out every 90 days and return return 4soeties on the sae day3 e5ectively renewing renewing their landing visaB This can $e done indenitely3 though i% you are planning to stay in  Taiwan  Taiwan %or a length o% tie3 it is $etter $etter to o$tain your A;CB A;CB -ourceE T,C ?Y

Conscription TL;DR: I you have never had a househo!d re"istration in Taiwan, you do not need to worry a#out conscription. -ourceE iigrationBgovBtw A %reGuent concern o% young Taiwanese en $orn or residing a$road is the

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>ilitary -ervice -yste3 all ale ;C nationals with household registration in  Taiwan  Taiwan have the o$ligation to do ilitary ilitary serviceB A an aged . starts his ilitary service day %ro 6anuary .st o% the proceeding year and will $e discharged on Dece$er H.st o% the year at the age o% HJB  Young  Young en .'HJ with a househo!d re"istration in Taiwan  who are studyin" in Taiwan can apply through their school to $e de%erred %ro the dra%tB -ourceE $ocaBgovBtw According According to the ;egulations %or ,=it o% Dra%tees Article .KE For a dra%tee having aintained his household registration in Taiwan Taiwan and has at the sae tie the status o% dou$le nationalities shall enter into and depart %ro Taiwan Taiwan $y presenting his ;C passportL any dra%tee entering into Taiwan $y presenting a %oreign passport and is duly su$/ect to conscription shall $e restricted %ro departing %ro TaiwanB -ourceE $ocaBgovBtw

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"ow do I get to Taiwan!  Taiwans  Taiwans ost %reGuented airport3 airport3 Taipei Taipei Taoyuan Taoyuan International 4T, is is located in  Taoyuan  Taoyuan county3 roughly one hour outside outside o% TaipeiB TaipeiB Carriers Carriers including )nited Airlines3 ,VA ,VA Air3 China Airlines3 <>(3 Cathay acic3 y direct to T, %ro all over the world3 and any ore include /ust one stop in a neigh$oring country such as  6apanB

$ter arrivin"E Depending on your arrival tie3 there there are variety o% options %or onward travel within Taiwan a%ter reaching T,B These includeE :uses – :uses run %reGuently %ro %ro the arrivals terinal to destinations in the heart o% Taipei3 as well as outside cities such as @hongli and TaichungB -ourceE  Taoyuan  T aoyuan Airport :us -chedule  Ta=i  Ta=i – Ta=is Ta=is swar around around the outside o% the airportB ,=pect to pay anywhere $etween 00'.800 ?T %or a ta=i to TaipeiB I% you do not spea& Chinese3 a&e sure to have the address o% your hotel ready to show to your driverB "igh -peed ;ail – There is a shuttle $us that runs $etween the airport and the  Taoyuan  Taoyuan "igh -peed ;ail stationE stationE :us MN083 running every 8'.0 8'.0 inutes at pea&3 78 inute trip to the "-;B CostE OH0?TB Tic&ets can $e purchased in the Arrivals (o$$y in $oth terinals . and 7B

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#hat should y $udget $e!  Taiwan  Taiwan is a very ine=pensive ine=pensive country to visit visit copared to its its neigh$orsB ?o one can accurately predict how uch oney you will spend every day3 as there are any varia$les3 $ut consider these ways to do Taiwan Taiwan on the cheapE

%oodE ,at the local %oodB #estern restaurants 4especially in Taipei are %ailiar3 $ut e=pensiveB Find Find the longest line at the dingiest cart with soeones granda serving up %ried rice and go wildB TransportationE Dont waste your tie or oney on ta=isB u$lic transportation in Taiwan Taiwan is clean3 sa%e3 ePcient3 and everywhereB everywhereB :uses run O.8?T %or one trip 4上  pay when when you get on3 下  pay when you get o5B The >;T in $oth Taipei and <aohsiung is constantly e=panding and will ta&e you /ust a$out anywhere these daysB -cooter rental is possi$le i% you &now a Taiwanese Taiwanese person or have an international drivers license 4inside a/or cities3 cities3 or soeties /ust $y using us ing your passportB pinions vary on driving in TaiwanE it can $e either %un or terri%yingB &hoppin"E ?ightar&ets are where where its at in ters o% $udget shoppingB In ters o% Guality3 ay$e not so uch – $ut part o% the %un is wal&ing through the color%ul stalls and pic&ing up trin&etsB trin&etsB Tourist Tourist traps are plenti%ul near a/or onuentsL avoid the and youre li&ely to see the sae thing %or %o r sale in the nightar&et that eveningB #estern $rand stores and electronics are two things you are unli&ely to nd uch cheaper in Taiwan Taiwan – save your clothing or coputer shopping %or your return hoeB 'i"ht!ie E Clu$s and $ars are plenti%ul in the a/or cities3 $ut theres alsoBBB N'..B Alcohol is sold in every convenience store3 store3 o% which there can $e several on one $loc&3 and Taiwan Taiwan perits drin&ing in pu$licB -o gra$ a can and head to the par& %or people'watching %or a cheaper night outB $ctivities E Taiwan has an a$undance o% cheap activities3 %ro %ree concerts and useus to hi&ing and hot springsB Chec& out Taipei Trends or T or  Taiwans aiwans oPcial events calendar to calendar to see whats happening during your stayB stayB

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"ow sa%e is Taiwan!  Taiwan  Taiwan is an incredi$ly sa%e countryB countryB It was recently ran&ed ran&ed 7nd in the worlds sa%est countries 4-ource 4-ourceB B The  The )- Departent o% -tate reports reports %raud3  %raud3 pic&'poc&eting3 petty the%t3 and road dangers as the $iggest threats to travelersB +roups such as woen3 (+:T3 people traveling with sall children3 and the elderly do not need to worry a$out uch while traveling in TaiwanB #al&ing alone at night even in a/or cities rarely results results in harassent3 violence3 or crieB The etro syste provides provides a onitored area o% all plat%ors %or woen to stand at night3 and the streets s treets are usually well'lit well'lit and $usy in the citiesB ,=ercise ,=ercise the usual aount o% awareness and caution you would use while traveling anywhere in the worldB ,ergency servicesE ..9 – Fire and A$ulance ..0 – olice ?on'eergencyE .999 – Citi2ens "otline RJ'7'7N.N'HNHN – Tourist In%oration (ine A coplete list o% eergency and in%orational service nu$ers can $e %ound hereB

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#hat is the $est city to visit!  This will depend greatly greatly on what you want out o% Taiwan Taiwan – scenery3 the e=perience e=perience o% a $ustling city3 surng and $eaches3 or a taste o% local li%e! n a ulti'day trip it is entirely possi$le to see several o% Taiwans a/or cities and even pac& in a day or two at the $eachB The "-; is the %astest way to get around on the west side3 $ut i% youre into the slower pace o% the east coast3 the T;A will $e your choiceB

#hat is the $est tie o% year to visit!  Taiwan  Taiwan has a huid su$tropical cliateB cliateB You You can e=pect the suers suers to $e hot and wet 4HK'HC and the winters cold and wet 4.0'.NCB The ost agreea$le weather occurs in early spring $etween >arch – April1early >ay3 and in the %all $etween cto$er and ?ove$erB Yes3 it rains a lot3 $ut ore so in the northB

#hat should I $ring! As gi%ts %or TaiwaneseE TaiwaneseE :rand nae edi$les3 clothing1accessories1pe clothing1accessories1personal rsonal care ites 4thin& :ath * :ody #or&s3 and other $rands unavaila$le in Taiwan3 or vitains can $e good gi%ts %or your Taiwanese %riends or relativesB As gi%ts %or %oreignersE I% youre coing to visit a %riend or %aily e$er3 candy and /un& %ood is a uch sought'a%ter ite %or e=patsB e=patsB As a$ove3 soe $rands o% personal care ites are also not widely availa$le in TaiwanB ac&ing ac&ing %or your tripE  Taiwan,nglishE  T aiwan,nglishE A list o% recoended recoended ites ites  4%or oving3 $ut can apply to travelers

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"ow uch Chinese do I need to &now! TL; DR: 'ot (uch i you)re *ust trave!in", thou"h it wi!! (a+e your !ie easier. I you p!an to stay !on"ter(, it)s essentia! to ta+e so(e ti(e to study the !an"ua"e.  Taiwans  Taiwans ain language is >andarin3 though a good aount o% people also spea&  Taiwanese3  Taiwanese3 and the "a&&a language is alive and well in soe parts o% the countryB ;oad and directional signs tend to $e in inyin and ,nglish 4e=B :oAi ;oad3 or soeties entirely entirely in ,nglish 4e=B Civic :oulevardB I% youre traveling $y car3 &eep in ind that the road naing syste has gone o5 the rails a $it 4at least in Taipei Taipei where @hong=iao ,ast ;oad3 one o% the citys ain arteries3 is re%erred re%erred to as K th AvenueU on soe apsB -igns at transportation areas such as the airport3 railways3 and >;T are in Chinese and ,nglish3 and the stops %or all >;T and $us stations are announced in >andarin3 Taiwanese3 "a&&a3 and ,nglishB >any restaurants have an entirely ,nglish enu on hand3 or the ,nglish will $e written /ust $elow the Chinese on the regular enuB >ost people under the age o% H8 can spea& a $it o% ,nglish3 however your ileage ay varyB It is possi$le in the cities to get $y with no >andarin s&ills and $ody $o dy language3 however3 it $ecoes increasingly diPcult the %urther you get outside o% populated areasB Traveling with a phrase$oo& or the li&e can save a lot o% tie and headachesB

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(iving in Taiwan For wor& -ow can I wor+ in Taiwan >any #esterners in Taiwan wor& in $u=i$ans3 or cra schools3 teaching childrenB ,-( teaching is the easiest and %astest way to coe to the country and get accliated 4-ee section on ,-( teaching $elowB thers nd /o$s in technology3 $usiness3 nance3 or as liaisons %or %o r their copanyB copanyB -ow (uch /hinese do I need to +now For cra schools3 2eroB Your /o$ will $e to teach ,nglish and spea& ,nglish onlyB I% you plan on staying long'ter or want to learn %or yoursel%3 you can wor& Chinese classes into your scheduleB For other types o% wor&3 it will depend on what your copany reGuires o% youB :eing a$le to spea& the local language will o% course a&e you a ore attractive candidateB

here shou!d I !ive TL;DR <eep your e=pectations lowB

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with you to sign the contract3 which is ore o%ten than not in ChineseB You You ay have to show your A;C A;C or passport to the landlord at the tie o% signingB There are %ew landlords who will rent short'ter – apartents with a revolving door o% other e=pats do e=ist3 $ut e=pect to sign %or si= onths to a yearB yearB

For study -ow can I study /hinese  There are are do2ens o% Chinese language schools in Taiwan3 in various cities all around the islandB A %ull list o% language schools can $e %ound hereB hereB -oe  -oe o% the progras are ore spea&ing1listening %ocused3 while others put ephasis on reading and even writingB There is a lot o% de$ate a$out the $estU progra and the e5ectiveness o% each schools ethodsB >ore listed here3 %ro the >inistry o% ,ducations oPcial siteB

1nder"rad 2 raduate study It is possi$le to study a su$/ect other than Chinese in TaiwanB Visit -tudyInTaiwanBorg %or -tudyInTaiwanBorg  %or a coprehensive coprehensive list o% schools3 a/ors3 and what progras are o5ered in ,nglish 4Yes3 there are soeS

#here can I eet people! (anguage ,=changes – such as the T the Taipei aipei (anguage Ca%e -ports – n Tap in Taipei sponsors several sports teasB teasB The $ridge nearest to "uashan .9.K Creative ar& 4nearest >;TE @hong=iao insheng o%ten has groups

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 Teaching  Teaching ,nglish ,nglish in  Taiwan  Taiwan Do I have to teach ,nglish!  Teaching  Teaching is o%ten the Guic&est Guic&est and easiest way to get situated situated in TaiwanB TaiwanB I% you are loo&ing to teach3 there are hundr hundreds eds o% resources online %or starting a  /o$ in this eldB "ere "ere are /ust a %ewE %ewE ;ecruiters1:oards Chain -chools ;each to Teach  T,F(ne Daves ,-( Ca%e  Teach  Teach Taiwan Taiwan  Tealit  Tealit +o verseas

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#hat other /o$s are availa$le!  There are are /o$s availa$le in other industries industries such as technology3 $usiness3 and nanceB "owever3 these /o$s o%ten reGuire a certain level o% uency in >andarin or several years o% pro%essional e=perienc

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#hats the $est copany to wor& %or!  Teaching  Teaching e=periences e=periences can vary greatly greatlyBB "orror "orror stories have coe out o% every every corner o% the island3 $ut there are still a great g reat any teachers who are happy doing their thingB ;esearch ;esearch is your %riend here – see what others have said a$out your prospective copany and ta&e everything everything with a grain o% saltB

 Taiwans  Taiwans healthcare healthcare syste %or travelers and residents (ast year3 Taiwan topped the e=pat health care chartsB charts B I% you are living and wor&ing in Taiwan Taiwan you will $e enrolled in ?ational "ealth InsuranceB I% you are

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