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Capital: Taipei

Population: 23.57 million

Official language: Chinese

Time zone: China Standard Time (CST)

Emergency #: 119

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

Taiwan: Travel Health Information

Taiwan is a small island nation known for its bustling cities, temples, and natural attractions such as Shifen Waterfall, Yehliu Geopark, and Taijiang National Park. 

Healthcare

The standards of patient care and medical services in Taiwan may differ from your home country. Taiwan has public and private health sectors that provide a high level of care that meets international standards. It is common practice to seek medical advice for very minor ailments in Taiwan, so there is often a high volume of patients in clinics and hospitals. As a result, consultations can be brief and patients with complex concerns may need to consult a physician 2 or 3 times. Many healthcare professionals in hospitals and clinics speak English.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Taiwan typically require upfront payment with cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. You should ensure you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance coverage to reimburse you and cover any additional costs. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Taiwan.

Pharmacies are generally well-stocked, but specific medications may be in short supply or unavailable in remote areas. Some medications that typically require a prescription can be purchased over the counter, but it is not advisable to take medication without consulting a healthcare practitioner. Physicians can only prescribe a maximum of 7 days of medication for acute illnesses so you may need to consult a physician multiple times for longer courses of medication. 

If you are travelling with medication, check with Taiwan's embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Traffic can be congested and chaotic. Motorcycles are common but are not recommended due to the high risk of accident or injury. Motorcycle drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet. Roads are generally in good condition but flooding can occur during the rainy season. 

Travelling to Taiwan?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Taiwan. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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