Taiwan, China Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever no
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio Yes
malaria no


The medical care in the country is relatively good, but not quite comparable to Europe and can occasionally be technically, apparatus-related and/or hygienically problematic, especially in rural areas. Occasionally there is a lack of European-trained English/French-speaking doctors. Emergency treatment is available at Mackey Memorial Hospital and Adventist Hospital, among others, where English-speaking staff are available. Imported medicines are expensive, so you might want to take a first-aid kit with you. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Food and drink

Most infections can be avoided by hygienic eating and drinking (only boiled, not warmed up) and regular hand washing with soap. Well-done meat, poultry and seafood, and peeled fruits and vegetables are i. Generally harmless.

Other risks

In the north in particular there is a risk of transmission of Lyme disease from ticks, especially in grass, shrubs and undergrowth. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. The transmission period is from June to October. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Typhus also occurs nationwide. The fever is caused by clothes lice. To protect yourself, you should practice regular body and clothing hygiene. Vaccination should only be considered in rare cases. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur nationwide. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. There is an increased risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis from April to October, especially in rural and suburban areas. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) occurs. With appropriate hygiene (regular washing of hands) and avoidance of contact with sick people, an increased risk for travelers (children) is not to be expected. There are isolated cases of infection by mite-borne Tsutsugamushi fever during hikes in rural areas. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Measles is a recurrent disease in Taiwan. Travelers should check their vaccination protection and refresh if necessary.

Health certificate

Foreigners staying in Taiwan for more than 3 months must obtain an English-language HIV test, otherwise they may be deported. Foreign pupils and students need a negative HIV test to be admitted to school or university. A Declaration of Good Health must be completed before entering the country from other Southeast Asian countries. If you report illness, a medical examination can be arranged. However, this provision is rarely applied.



1 New Taiwan Dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: NT$, TWD (ISO code). Notes come in denominations of NT$2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100; NT$50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 coins and 50 cents.

Credit cards

Major credit cards are accepted in many places (hotels, shops, restaurants), but not in taxis. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed at banks and bureaux de change in major cities in Taiwan.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-15.30, e.g. T. longer.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of the national currency is subject to declaration from amounts of NT$100,000/20,000 Renminbi. The import and export of Chinese currency is limited to 60,000 renminbi. For higher amounts, approval from the Central Bank of Taiwan is required. Unlimited import and export of foreign currencies, obligation to declare from an equivalent value of US$ 10,000. Note: When entering the country, there is a written declaration obligation for gold and silver items (total value of gold up to US$ 20,000), since the export of gold and silver from Taiwan is prohibited and re-export without declaration is not permitted.

Currency Exchange

Exchange is possible at exchange offices in airports, banks and international hotels. Receipts will be issued for currency exchange, which must be presented prior to departure for the re-exchange of unspent NT$.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
TWD NT$ 1 EUR = NT$33.58
1 CHF = NT$39.69
1 USD = NT$32.05

Taiwan Money