Taiwan is located off the southeast coast of China and has a population of 22.8 million people. Taiwan has busy and industrial cities and as a whole the Taiwanese people are huge fans of technological innovation. Taiwan is also home to some beautiful coastline and the tallest mountains in northeast Asia. The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, although the native Taiwanese tongue is also still commonly spoken. English is common in tourist and business circles.

Medical tourism

See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

Taiwan has a subtropical climate with sunshine all year round in the south and a winter season in the north. Typhoon season is from June through to October.

Money and costs

The national currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD, symbol NT$). Currency declarations must be made in writing on arrival and exchange receipts kept for converting unused currency on departure. Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Visas are not required by visitors from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and most of Europe for stays of up to 30 days.

Getting there

The main points of entry to Taiwan are at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport.

Dialling codes

To call Taiwan, the country dialling code is +886.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Taiwan at:

Lonely Planet -​taiwan

Taiwan Embassy in the USA -​embassy/​United-States

Taiwan Embassy in the UK -​embassy/​United-Kingdom

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011