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Taiwan
Capital: Taipei

| Air Travel | Weather | Money | Tipping | Business Hours | Visas |
| Customs | Electricity | Medical Service | Transportation |
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Air Travel
Taiwan has two international airports - at Kaohsiung in the South and at Taoyuan in the North. Chiang Kai-SHek International Airport at Taoyuan is 24miles (40km) southwest of Taipei. The airport departure tax is NT$300.

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Weather
Taiwan's climate is subtropical, with average annual temperatures of 22C (72F) in the north and 24C (75F) in the south. Summers, which last from May through September, are usually hot and humid with average daytime highs from 27?to 35C (81?to 95F) Winters, from December through February, are short and mild, with average lows from 12?to 16C (54?to 61F.); snow falls only on the higher mountains.

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Money
The Republic of China's unit of currency is the New Taiwan dollar (NT$). The exchange rate, around NT$27 to US$1, has fluctuated greatly in recent years. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure.

Major credit cards are accepted and traveler's checks may be cashed at some tourist-oriented businesses and by room guests at most international tourist hotels.

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Tipping
Tipping is not necessary in Taiwan. Hotel bellhps and airport porters will most likely to expect a tip from you. It's US$1 per bag. Big hotels and restaurants will have a 10% service charge and 5% value added tax on your bill.

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Business Hours
Banks open at 9am till 3:30pm on Monday to Friday. For Saturday, the hours are from 9am to 12:00noon. Department stores usually open at 11:00am till 9:30pm on Monday to Friday. 11:00am till 10:00pm on Saturdays.

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Visas
Tourist visas for the Republic of China, or letters of recommendation which can be exchanged for visas, can be obtained from ROC embassies, consulates, or designated representative offices in foreign countries. Letters or recommendation can be exchanged for visas upon arrival at Chiang Kai-Shek international Airport in Taoyuan or at Hsiaokang International Airport in Kaoshoung, the only points of entry to Taiwan at which such letters may be exchanged.

14-day visa-free privileges are afforded to citizens of the United States, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, and Portugal.

Foreign nationals may obtain a tourist visa if they bold foreign passports or travel documents valid for more than six months and wish to stay less 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 include one completed application form, incoming and outgoing travel tickets (or a letter of confirmation from a travel agency), three photos, documents verifying the purpose of the visit (except for transit or sightseeing), and a letter of guarantee (in some cases).

Tourist visas may be single- or multiple-entry, and allow stays in the ROC for two weeks to 60 days. Unless restricted to two weeks, tourist visa holders may apply for a maximum of two 60-day extensions, for a total of six months. Holders of a tourist visa are not permitted to assume employment in the ROC without authorization.

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Customs
Inbound Passengers
Personal belongings are duty-free, but stereo sets, TVs, and video recorders must be declared. Each person may bring into the ROC, duty free, one liter of Alcoholic beverages, 25 cigars, 200 cigarettes, or one pound of other tobacco products.

A written declaration is required when bringing dutiable articles into the ROC. Duty is charged on gold in excess of 62.5 grams in weight. No more than NT$40,000 in cash may be brought into the country by each passenger, and undeclared sums in excess of this amount will be confiscated. Incoming passengers who want to bring in more than NT$40,000 in cash should apply, prior to entry, for a permit from the Ministry of Finance.

The following articles are prohibited from entry; there are severe penalties for their importation, use, possession, or sale:
1. Counterfeit currency or forging equipment;
2. Gambling apparatus or foreign lottery tickets;
3. Obscene or indecent materials;
4. Publications propagating communism or originating in nations or areas under communist control;
5. Firearms or weapons of any kind (including air guns) and ammunition;
6. All drugs or narcotics of a non-prescription and non-medical nature (including marijuana);
7. Toy guns;
8. Articles infringing on the patents, designs, trademarks, or copyrights of another person;
9. Contraband articles as specified by other laws, e.g. fruit, and so on;
10. Animals and pets.

Outbound Passengers
Outbound Passengers Except in the following cases, completion of the Outbound Passenger's Declaration form is optional. Outbound passengers must declare to Customs in writing when:

1. Carrying foreign currencies, New Taiwan Dollar notes, or gold or silver ornaments in excess of allowed amounts;
2. Carrying gold and/or silver ornaments and, when leaving the country within six months of arrival, the unused portion of foreign currencies which were declared to Customs on entry;
3. Carrying commercial samples and or dutiable items (camera, tape recorder, calculator, etc.) intended to be brought back duty-free in the future;
4. Carrying computer media including magnetic tapes, magnetic disks, diskettes, punched cards, punched tapes, etc.

Passengers who do not make a declaration to Customs and are found, on their departure from the ROC, to be carrying gold, silver, New Taiwan Dollar notes, and/or foreign currencies in excess of the designated limits, shall have the excess amount confiscated and may be subject to punishment by law. The designated limits on gold and/or silver ornaments, and currency which a passenger is allowed to carry on his departure from the ROC are as follows:

Up to 62.5 grams (or two market taels) of gold ornaments or coins; up to 625 grams (or 20 market taels) of silver ornaments or coins; up to US$5,000 in notes or the equivalent in foreign currencies; up to NT$40,000 in notes and 20 coins (of the types in circulation) of New Taiwan dollar notes.

Articles that may not be taken out of the country include unauthorized reprints or copies of books, records, videotapes, and so on; genuine Chinese antiques, ancient coins, and paintings; and items prohibited from entry, such as firearms, drugs, counterfeit currency, and contraband.

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Electricity
Electricity is 11volts, 60Hz.

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Medical Service
No particular health risk, but recommended to have vaccinations for hepatitis.

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Transportation
Major cities have an abundance of taxis. Charges are NT$ 65 for the first 1.65 km and NT$ 5 for each additional 350 meters. An additional NT$5 is charged for every four minutes of waiting, and a 20% surcharge is added to fares between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., the price of radio cars, and carrying luggage in the boot adds NT$10. Most drivers do not speak English, so it is a good idea to have hotel personnel write both your destination and your hotel's name and address in Chinese, along with the projected cost of each one-way trip.

Taiwan has a number of international and domestic car rental companies. Credit cards or sizable deposits are required, as well as an international or Taiwan driver's license.

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