Visa and entry requirements Taiwan:
Passport required
No visa is required

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to Taiwan:

Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China, is an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean with around 24 million inhabitants. It consists of the main island of Taiwan and several smaller islands. Taiwan is located in the southwest of mainland China, around 120 kilometers away, and is also legally claimed by China.

The official language of Taiwan is Chinese and the New Taiwanese dollar is used as payment, with 1 euro equaling around 35 TWD.

Taiwan's largest cities include New Taipei, Kaohsiung,

Taichung, Taipei, Tainan, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Keelung and Chiayi. Almost 95% of Taiwan's population profess the Buddhist faith.

The island state, with an area of around 400 by 150 kilometers, is mostly very mountainous, with the 3,952 meter high Yushan as the highest point. The volcanic land area has a total of 220 peaks over 3,000 meters high, almost 60% of which are covered with forest.

Taiwan's economy is based primarily on the production of semiconductors, laptops, bicycles, flat screen displays and other electronic items, and the country is almost universally a world leader in these areas.

Another steadily growing sector of the country's economy is tourism. Favorite attractions for foreign visitors include Kenting National Park with its tropical rainforests and coral reefs, Tarako Gorge with several temples and pagodas in the mountainsides, Shei-Pa National Park and the hot springs in Yangmingshan National Park.

The capital of Taiwan is Taipei, or Taipei, with around 2.8 million inhabitants in the urban area and around 7.2 million in the metropolitan area. Taipei, located in the north of the island, is the political, economic and tourist center of Taiwan.

The most important sights in Taipei include the 508 meter high Taipei 101 - the tallest building in the world until 2007, the National Palace Museum, the main train station, the Zhinan Temple, the Art Museum, the Grand Hotel, the Confucius Temple, the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, Longsham Temple, the two night markets Shida and Shilin, the Presidential Palace, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, National Taiwan University, Shin Kong Life Tower, Baoan Temple, Lin An Tai House, Guandu Temple, Zoo, Children's Park and Daan Frest Park.

In November 2011, I visited beautiful Taiwan for three days on my first trip. After the Philippines, the island state was my second stop. I stayed in a well-kept and extremely inexpensive hotel in the middle of Taipei city center. The Taipei 101 was only about a five minute walk from my hotel and its observation deck was my absolute highlight of the city, despite the gray and foggy weather.

Taiwan is a fantastic holiday island, with an impressive green landscape, many tourist highlights and an exceptionally vibrant modern capital.

I had a lot of fun in Taipei and I definitely have to go back in the near future. I will then combine my outstanding trip to the Japanese island of Okinawa with a few days in Taiwan.