About Taiwan. Currency used in Taiwan: Taiwan dollar (1 TWD = 100 Cent) Languages used in Taiwan: Mandarin is the official language. Visa requirements to visit Taiwan: Click here to get complete and latest updated Taiwan visa information : Safety tips for travelling in Taiwan
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The country of Taiwan became a democracy in the early years of the 1990s. Since then, political demonstrations have been pretty common during the time of elections in the country. Foreign nationals should steer clear of such demonstrations as there could a small degree of violence involved too. Several prostitution centres are run throughout Taiwan under the disguise of nightclubs and hair parlours. These centres are often run by criminals and thus, you should avoid these areas. Theft is common is crowded areas such as airports, tourist markets, train stations and also on public transportation. Foreigners should keep their belongings safe. Keep copies of important documents such as the passport and visa in a safe place. During the months from May to November, the risk of floods and landslides increases due to tropical storms. Emergency contact numbers in Taiwan: Police contact number in Taiwan: 110 Ambulance number in Taiwan: 119 Fire brigade number in Taiwan: 119 NOTE: Please refer to trusted sources of news in Taiwan and consult travel agents for latest and updated information before visiting Taiwan. : Health tips to consider while visiting Taiwan
What are the mandatory vaccinations required to enter Taiwan? Poliovirus vaccines Yellow fever DPT- diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus MMR- measles/mumps/rubella NOTE: Tourists need to consult a travel agent for latest and updated information on required vaccination prior to their departure to visit Taiwan. Other optional but recommended Vaccination for Travellers visiting Taiwan: Hepatitis-A Hepatitis-B Japanese enchaplitis Other health risks: H1N1, enterovirus 71 and dengue fever What type of Health Insurance is valid for Tourists or Visitors in Taiwan? Consult your medical service provider for the facilities related to the medical terms that will they cover emergency expenses. Medical facilities in Taiwan are widely available and of good quality. Some hospitals may require cash payment. All prescribed medicines are widely available with the same name or some other name with the same salt content. NOTE: Tourists or Visitors need to consult medical travel insurance providers and/or travel agents to know details about insurance policy limitations in Taiwan and whether it covers all expenses or not in case of medical emergency during your stay in Taiwan. Health tips while travelling to Taiwan: Carry full medical prescription and the basic medicines which can be used in general like: stomach ache, joint pains etc. But must cross check the drugs which you carrying with you may be banned in that country. Prevent insect bites. Sanitize your hands always. Drink bottled water only. NOTE: While you are recommended to carry prescription from home country some medicines may not be legal or available in Taiwan. Travellers are recommended to consult a travel agent and medical advisers for alternative medicines in Taiwan. : Customs followed in Taiwan
What is the etiquette for meeting in Taiwan? Make sure that you great the senior-most person of the group first. The greeting should be in a formal manner. When greeting foreign nationals, the Taiwanese use handshakes. To convey respect for a particular individual, they look towards the ground. However, it is alright if you don’t follow suit. The people will ask you whether you have eaten for the sake of politeness. Their names contain three parts. The first part signifies their family name, while the other two belong to the individual. The children born to a married woman will acquire the family name of their father. However, the woman’s family name doesn’t change. Taiwanese human names mostly have some significant meaning. Asking them that will get you a step closer in knowing them. It is recommended to address a person with his or her academic or social honorific title, when meeting for the first time. However, if you are more comfortable addressing a person with his or her first name, you may ask the person and do so. Western names are also pretty popular among the Taiwanese and they may like it if you address them by those. What is the proper etiquette for gift giving in Taiwan? The occasions on which gifts are given are weddings, birthdays, Chinese New Year and even at funerals. The Taiwanese would appreciate a package a food as a gift. Good quality alcoholic drinks will also make nice gifts. They may decline your offer of a present initially out of modesty. Try and insist subtly. Be careful not to include instruments used for cutting in your gift. For them, it means ending the relation between you and them. Remember not to present handkerchiefs, clocks, and straw sandals as they symbolize funerals. Chrysanthemums and other white-coloured flowers also signify death.  Don’t use black, white or blue coloured wrap to cover your present. The colours red, pink or yellow should be used to wrap gifts, as they are considered auspicious. Gift wrapping is usually very extravagant in Taiwan. Be careful about the number of items you are gifting. Odd numbers along with the number four are deemed unlucky. On the contrary, the number eight is thought to bring luck to the receiver. They would appreciate it if you would gift something from your own country rather than Taiwan itself. Use two hands when offering the gift. If you are given a gift by someone, remember not to open it in their presence. It becomes binding on your counterpart’s side to gift you something back too. Thus, try not to gift expensive items. What is the proper etiquette for eating in Taiwan? Initially, the Taiwanese will host dinners in public spaces. However, once you develop a stronger relationship with them, they may invite you to their homes. Make sure that you are punctual and clothe yourself in a proper manner. Dressing well is a sign of respect. Before entering the residence, remove your footwear. Make it a priority to greet the eldest person first. Taiwanese people have more elaborate table rituals than most westerners. The execution of these rituals will depend upon the formality of the occasion. It would be good if you learn how to eat with chopsticks before you come to Taiwan. You will be told where to sit for dining. If you are the guest of honour, you will most probably get a seat which faces the door. Wait for your host to start eating before you do. Be experimental and try everything offered to you. Even if you don’t like the taste, don’t make it apparent or it will be considered rude. They have a dish called ‘Food of Honour’ in which they may serve various items like fish cheeks and eyes. If you cannot consume it, very tactfully serve it to others yourself. The same method should be enforced while serving yourself something which is not familiar to you. If you feel you cannot finish a particular item, let it stay idle on the plate. Usually, food is circulated through a revolving tray. However, if the host is sitting near you, he may serve you food himself. Before consuming food or drinks yourself, it is polite to offer it to others first. Refrain from eating the last piece of food from the serving tray. Make sure that you pass the tray of food around to everyone. Also go forward and serve them the dishes whenever necessary. For this purpose, you can use the back of the chopsticks. There will be a special chopstick rest present for you to put your chopsticks down regularly. Do not leave the bones of eaten meat on the plate itself. There will be provided, a special bowl for that purpose. It is alright to lift the bowl of rice while you are eating. When the quantity of rice left is left, you can hold the bowl close to your mouth, so that you can conveniently push food inside. However, be careful that you don’t lift plates. Don’t add sauces or spices to food on your own accord. Observe the usage of the above things by the others and then follow suit. While burping and belching while eating is considered rude in modern culture, in Taiwan, it merely means that you are enjoying the food. After you finish your meal, place the chopsticks on the chopsticks rest or on the table. Toothpicks will be offered to remove food stuck in your teeth. While doing so, cover your mouth with your hand. It is alright to leave food behind in your plate. Also, leave some food in your utensil to show that you full. Otherwise, your empty plate may be refilled by the host. If you don’t want more, just stick out your hand over your plate. If someone offers you the last piece of a dish, it is considered as a mark of respect. Let your host know when you are satisfied. It would please the host to know that you were fed well. The Taiwanese people rap their knuckles on the table after a meal, which signifies gratitude. If you wish to consume more tea, leave the top of your teapot open. This way, the waiter will know that he has to fill it up. The host initialises the process of making toasts. If you do not consume alcoholic beverages, do not cite moral reasons for justifying it. Instead, state health issues. Also, women do not usually consume alcoholic drinks. If the dinner was hosted in a restaurant, offer to pay for the meal. The host will profusely decline, but he will appreciate your generosity. However, remember to host a meal of a similar level with him or her afterwards. Just to be safe, go to a Chinese restaurant instead of a Western one. Things you should know before going to Taiwan? Family is given priority over other people. The relationship between parents and children is very strong here. Remember to develop healthy relations with your Taiwanese counterparts as it will be valued over your qualifications. Once you get acquainted to an individual or a certain group of people, you are expected to be committed, loyal and concerned about each other’s matters. Display of negative emotions in public is not encouraged. Society comes before the individual when it comes to Taiwan. Hence, the good of the society with always be of higher priority than individual rights. Avoid embarrassing people in public, be it small matters or bigger ones. Education is given a lot of importance in Taiwan, and thus, you will meet many people with high educational qualifications. : Business etiquette to follow in Taiwan
How to dress for a business meeting in Taiwan? How to greet or address a professional in Taiwan? Like many countries, handshakes are the formal way of greeting. However, they are not as firm as in other countries. Also, wait for a woman to make a move before you shake hands with her. While greeting, the Taiwanese will look towards the ground, which only signifies respect. The person on the highest hierarchal position will be introduced to you first. When you greet someone, start from the senior-most person and go on in order of their importance. Address people by their surname prefixes with a suitable honorific title. If you are not sure about the qualifications of the person, you can use Mr., Ms., or Madame to address people. If you want to call them by their first names, wait for them to indicate so. Like many other countries, business cards are offered here too. They are given using two hands. Make sure that your card is printed in the traditional Chinese script too, along with English. Remember to present it in a way that the typeface faces the person. Before you keep the card in your case, study the business card carefully. Never write anything on the card at least in the presence of the giver. The way that you handle the business card of a person tells him or her how much you value your relationship. What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Taiwan? There is no proper structure to a business meeting. An agenda may be decided upon, but the discussion may waver to other topics related to the agenda. Developing good relations with your business partners is as important as discussing work. Thus, there may be lots of light hearted talk not related to work. The end time of the meeting is very uncertain as they will continue discussing the agenda till a solution is in place. Learn to pick up indirect clues from the body language of the Taiwanese. If they have bad news or if they disagree with something, they will not directly say it or simply will remain silent. They do this in order to save their counterparts from embarrassment. What is the proper way to communicate in Taiwan? People from the country of Taiwan are very indirect communicators. They will never bluntly say ‘no’ to anything. Frame your statements and questions in such a way that the other person does not face embarrassment. Doing so will also bring down your status. Talking incessantly is seen as a form of immaturity. Thus, learn to remain silent at times. : Customs followed in Taiwan