- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Additional Information
- Department Contact
General Travel Advice
Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Taiwan if their stay does not exceed 90 days.
A valid passport is required for travel to Taiwan. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months. Passport cards cannot be used. It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Taiwan and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.
In keeping with the Government’s One China Policy, Ireland does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
Visitors to Taiwan are advised to follow the guidance of local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Taiwan by dialling:
- Police: 110
- Ambulance and Fire brigade:119
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
As the Department of Foreign Affairs does not have a presence in Taiwan, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency situation. However, if there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000 or email: Consular assistance.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Crime levels in Taiwan are generally low and the greatest risk to short-term visitors is petty crime such as pick-pocketing.
Always take sensible precautions:
- Don't carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Avoid carrying valuables or large sums of cash in public.
- Take particular care when in large crowds or when out at night, especially in the beach area, or at bars or nightclubs
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
- Make sure that your accommodation and vehicle are well secured, with locked doors and windows at all times.
If you are a victim of a crime while in Taiwan, report it to the local police immediately.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Taiwan have a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasons. Typhoon season begins in May and ends in November.
Taiwan is located in an active seismic zone. There is a risk of earthquakes and tsunamis.
You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Please check the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau in relation to the various weather signals and warnings.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see what vaccinations you need for Taiwan.
The Department of Foreign Affairs cannot pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. These costs may be covered if you purchase appropriate travel insurance, however we are unable to mediate in the event of any disputes with insurance companies which may arise.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Make sure that you have saved the contact information for your insurance provider before you depart, including any emergency assistance details, and have this information to hand should you need it while abroad.
Taiwan law provides for compulsory military service. If you were born in Taiwan or have ever held a Taiwan passport you should check the rules for military service in Taiwan before travelling.
Please contact our Consular Assistance Unit if you need guidance on the nearest assistance and we will help you as best we can.
Our number is: +353 1408 2000.
Department of Foreign Affairs
80 St Stephen’s Green
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 408 2000
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.