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Tipping Ettiquette

At Restaurants: Check the bill; about half the restaurants include a 10 percent service fee. If yours doesn't, leave 10 to 15 percent in a top restaurant and 10 percent in a regular one, says Judy Swen, owner of San Francisco's Lassen Tours, which books trips to Taiwan.

At Hotels: You may tip the concierge $20 or so when you check in or out of the hotel, cleaning staff $2 per day (left in the room), porters $1 a bag, and doormen $1 to $2 if they call a cab.

Guides and Drivers: Tip 10 percent of their fee.

Dollars Accepted? In Taipei, yes; outside the cities, tip in the local currency.

P.S. "They don't have tipping in the culture, but if you tip people, they'll be really happy," says Swen.

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Visa Requirement

Below are the traveling visa requirements for United States citizens :

No visa is required for a stay of up to 14 days
Tourist: No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days

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Alerts and Warnings

State Department

Updated travel alerts and warnings


All travelers
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.
Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Most travelers
Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.
Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Taiwan, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Traveling with Children

This vaccine should not be given to children younger than 1 year.

Immune-Compromised Travelers

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get a dose of immunoglobulin before your trip, in addition to hepatitis A vaccine.

Pregnant Women

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get this vaccine if you are pregnant.

Some travelers
Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.
Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Japanese Encephalitis

You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in Taiwan and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in Taiwan or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. See more in-depth information on Japanese encephalitis in Taiwan.

Extended Stay/Study Abroad

If you will be spending a long time in a risk area, you should get the Japanese encephalitis vaccine.

Pregnant Women

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get this vaccine if you are pregnant.


Although rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Taiwan, it is rarely found in dogs and is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends rabies vaccine for only these groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites or other animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who will be working with or around animals (such as wildlife professionals and researchers).

Traveling Advice
Get vaccinated Keep away from animals Avoid sharing body fluids
Eat and drink safely Reduce your exposure to germs Avoid non-sterile medical or cosmetic equipment

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United States Embassy

The U.S. maintains unofficial relations with the people of Taiwan through the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), a private nonprofit corporation, which performs citizen and consular services similar to those at diplomatic posts. See AIT's website for details.

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