Frequently Asked Questions.
- DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT TAIWAN?
Landing visas are automatically granted on entry at no cost for holders of valid Australian/British/New Zealand or USA Passports. South African nationals require a visa for travel to Taiwan.
- WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST I PACK FOR MY TRIP?
The best advice when packing for a surf trip is to pack as light as possible.
The weather is warm so t-shirts and shorts are fine for most of the year. Boardshorts and rash vests are all you’ll need to surf in, bar maybe a springsuit in Dec/Jan.
- HOW MANY BOARDS SHOULD I TAKE?
Most people bring two boards. For the majority of days in Taiwan whatever you ride at home is fine. We have a range of hire boards available to our clients.
- SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MALARIA?
No, not at all. Malaria is non-existent in Taiwan.
- DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Basically if you can’t afford travel insurance you shouldn’t be traveling. A decent travel insurance package will provide coverage for the following: trip cancellation and interruption, baggage delay, baggage coverage, travel delay, emergency medical and dental, medical transport and travel accident insurance.
- WHAT’S THE QUALITY OF MEDICAL CARE IF I NEED IT?
Taiwan’s health care system is ranked #1 in the world (second year in a row) by world data site Numbeo (OZ is ranked 9th, UK at 13th and the USA at 30th) see here – https://www.numbeo.com/health-care/rankings_by_country.jsp – Numbeo correlates all worldwide data for cost of living, world education standards, etc. In short, the healthcare system is remarkable; professional, well funded, efficient and cheap.
- PLUGS & POWER?
Taiwan operates on the USA 2 flat pin outlets (110V 60Hz). You’ll need an US/Nth America plug adaptor if you wish to recharge any batteries or computers. Please note that if you travel to Taiwan with a device that does not accept 110 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
- ACCESS TO MONEY?
You can exchange foreign currency at the airport. Some larger banks accept US$ for currency exchange. There are plenty of ATM’s though which accept credit and savings account cards, providing they are linked to Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB or Cirrus.
- DO I NEED TO TIP?
Tipping is not customary, although if offered it will be usually be politely declined. Taiwan’s a very honest and fair country.