Airport Meet and Greet
On November 8 (Fri.) and 9 (Sat.), shuttle buses will convey APAA participants from Taoyuan International Airport to the convention hotel (Grand Hyatt Hotel/Le Méridien/Humble House Taipei/Home Hotel XinYi). The bus schedule will be announced shortly and will be made available to APAA participants.
Northern Taiwan has a subtropical climate. Daytime temperatures in Taipei in November are around 24°C (75°F), falling to around 18°C (64°F) in the evening. Participants are advised to bring light and warm clothing and basic rain wear.
The official language of Taiwan is Traditional Chinese. The most commonly used foreign language is English, which is spoken by most service personnel, but many taxi drivers speak only Chinese or Taiwanese.
Tax, service fees and tips
Sales tax is usually included in the price and does not have to be added. A 10% service charge is added to bills in hotels and restaurants. Tipping is not customary in Taiwan. On payment, receipts are issued as proof of purchase.
Insurance is not included in the conference fees. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that after completing registration you purchase the appropriate travel insurance for your visit to Taiwan.
No vaccinations are necessary to come to Taiwan, though some may be recommended. Check your local travel advisory service for details.
Currency/ Banking/ Credit Cards
The official currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar, which is available in the following denominations: (coins) $1, $5, $10, $50; (notes) $100, $200, $500, $1000
Shops in Taiwan do not accept traveler's checks, so visitors holding traveler's cheques should have them converted into Taiwanese dollars at a bank.
Opening hours are typically 9:30 to 15:30, Monday to Friday. ATMs are located throughout Taipei.
The current exchange rate is approximately US$1 to NTD30
Foreign currencies can be redeemed upon arrival at the airport, in a bank, or at large department store authorized by the government to convert currencies.
Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, JCB, UnionPay etc.) are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants.
In Taiwan, taxis are yellow and can be found at taxi ranks in the city and at major locations such as hotels and airports. Taxis can also be hailed in the street in Taipei City.
Drivers usually speak only Chinese or Taiwanese. Taxis usually only accept payment in Taiwan dollars.
A taxi from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei City will cost around NTD1,200, and from Songshan Airport about NTD500.
Uber is also available.
Taipei buses cover the whole city and are a good way to explore Taipei in depth.
Fares: Fares can be paid in coins or with the electronic EasyCard travel card. One trip or segment costs NTD15.
If paying by EasyCard, swipe (tap) the card both upon boarding and alighting the bus, and the bus fare will be deducted accordingly.
If paying by coins, payment is made:
- on boarding,
- on alighting, or
- on boarding and alighting
Long journeys may require you to pay both on boarding and alighting. (Check the sign before getting off.)
For information on bus routes, please refer to: click here
The Taipei metro is often the fastest and most convenient mode of public transport in Taipei.Trains arrive on average every 3 to 5 minutes, and the average time between stations in metropolitan Taipei is around 2 mins.
Smoking, eating, drinking, and chewing gum are not allowed inside the metro.
One-way tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines at the station before passing through the gate. Daily and multi-day passes and EasyCard travel cards (pronounced “yo-yo card”) can be purchased at the information desk or EasyCard customer service center.
For further information, go to click here
The YouBike network is integrated with the metro. YouBike stations are located outside every metro station and near most major sites in Taipei.
Single-use: Pay with a credit card at the KIOSK at the YouBike station. Multi-use: Use your EasyCard to sign up on the official website or through the official app.
NTD10 per 30 min (or part thereof) for the first 4 hours.
NTD20 per 30 min (or part thereof) from 4 to 8 hours.
NTD40 per 30 min (or part thereof) after 8 hours.
For more details, visit the official website: click here
Calling Taiwan from abroad
The International Code for Taiwan is +886.The city/county code for Taipei City landlines is 2, and the code for mobile phones is 9.
To call Taiwan from abroad, dial the following:
exit code + 886+ county code+the phone number
To calla Taipei landline from Canada, dial:
To call a mobile phone from Canada, dial:
Tourist Refund Scheme(TRS)
Persons entering the country on one of the following travel documents:
non-ROC passport, ROC passport without a National Identity Card number, travel permit, entry/exit permit
The duration of stay in the ROC has not reached 183 days since date of entry.
Purchases are made by foreign travelers in stores with Tax Refund Scheme (TRS) signs
Total purchases in the same store on the same day amount to NT$2,000 or more (including tax).
Present your entry permit and fill out a tax refund form in the store on the day of purchase. Exit the country with the goods within 90 days.
- Airport/Port Tax Refund: tax refund service desk at the airport or port.
- In-store small tax refund: stores carrying tourist shopping Tax Refund Scheme (TRS) signs.
- Special city tax refund: tax refund service counters offering tourist shopping tax refunds.