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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

From unnecessary, tourist trips toTaiwanis currently due to ongoing entry restrictions advised against.

Epidemiological situation

Taiwan has been less affected by COVID-19 so far, but has seen an increasing number of new infections with COVID-19 since the beginning of May 2021. The Taiwanese Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Entry to Taiwan is only permitted to Taiwanese nationals and foreigners with a permanent residence permit (Alien Residence Certificate, ARC) until June 18, 2021. Exceptions can be granted for emergencies and humanitarian reasons by the CEEC (Central Epidemic Command Center).
All travelers must present a negative PCR test in English upon entry, which must not be older than three days. Travelers to Taiwan and those in transit through Taiwan must present a negative PCR test upon check-in at the overseas airport. This applies regardless of the nationality of the traveler or the purpose of the trip. The test must not be older than three days (working days) at the time of boarding. The test result must be issued by a laboratory recognized in the country of departure in English or Chinese or in both languages. In addition to the paper form, test results in electronic form are also accepted if they meet the requirements.

All travelers must present a negative PCR test in English upon entry, which must not be older than three days. Travelers to Taiwan and those in transit through Taiwan must present a negative PCR test upon check-in at the overseas airport. This applies regardless of the nationality of the traveler or the purpose of the trip. The test must not be older than three days (working days) at the time of boarding. The test result must be issued by a laboratory recognized in the country of departure in English or Chinese or in both languages. In addition to the paper form, test results in electronic form are also accepted if they meet the requirements.

All travelers, regardless of their nationality or country of origin, must be in isolation for 14 days after entry either at home or in a quarantine accommodation (hotel) specified by the government, which they must book themselves before entry. The isolation must take place in a single room. The cost of COVID-19 tests as well as any COVID-19 treatment must be borne by the traveler. The Taiwanese health authorities strictly monitor compliance with the quarantine measures and punish non-compliance with heavy fines.
According to a list by the Taiwanese Center for Disease Control, travelers from low-risk countries are subject to a shortened quarantine. Germany is currently not listed as a low-risk country.

Transit and onward travel

Transit through Taiwanese airports will initially not be possible until June 18, 2021.

Travel connections

Air traffic to and from Europe, neighboring Asian countries as well as the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macau is taking place to a lesser extent. China Airlines currently flies weekly to Frankfurt and Amsterdam, EVA Air weekly to Paris. There are also flight connections with transit stays to Europe with Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and others.

Restrictions in the country

Corona warning level 3 applies nationwide until May 28, 2021. Meetings of more than 10 people outdoors and more than 5 people in rooms are prohibited.

Hygiene rules

There is a basic obligation to wear mouth and nose protection, also outdoors.

  • Follow the Taiwanese authorities' extensive recommendations on avoiding contact and wearing face masks.
  • Note the information provided by the German Institute.
  • Find out more on the website of the Taiwanese Center for Disease Control and the exact quarantine regulations of the Taiwanese authorities.
  • Follow the latest information from the MOFA.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When returning to Germany, please note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, proof and, if applicable, quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, and if you are entering from a risk area, contact the health department of your stay or Place of residence. Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

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terrorism

Domestic situation

The domestic political situation is stable. Demonstrations are possible in the big cities and can lead to traffic disruptions.

  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

The crime rate is low. Small crimes such as pickpocketing, handbag theft and credit card fraud occur particularly in large cities.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports and train stations, on public transport and on busy streets, and watch out for your valuables.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

earthquake

Taiwan lies in an extremely seismically active zone. On an annual average, thousands of earthquakes between magnitude 3 and 6 are registered, but generally only five to six of them are clearly perceived in Taipei.

Tropical storms

The climate is subtropical in the north and tropical in the south.
Taiwan is regularly hit by tropical storms, especially from May to November, which can cause floods and dangerous landslides and consequently considerable damage to the infrastructure. There are corresponding dangers when hiking in the mountains and by bike.

  • Familiarize yourself with earthquake and tsunami behavior guidelines. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.
  • Follow weather reports regularly, including on local radio (English radio station ICRT 100.7 FM) and watch out for storm warnings from the Taiwanese weather department.
  • In the event of a storm warning, please note the information on hurricanes abroad.
  • Always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There are very good public transport connections with domestic flights, buses and trains. Public overland connections are reliable, punctual and comfortable.

The road network is well developed. The alcohol limit is 0.15.

Driver's license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.

Special instructions on behavior

Due to the very strong currents, particular caution is advised when bathing unsupervised in inland waters and in the ocean.

LGBTIQ

Homosexuality is not a criminal offense in Taiwan, same-sex marriages are possible. LGBTIQ people and their rights are generally recognized by the political institutions in Taiwan, and acceptance by the population is not to be expected everywhere.

Legal specifics

Importing and possessing relatively small amounts of drugs can lead to long prison sentences. Importing and possessing large quantities even as a death penalty. Travelers are therefore urgently warned against taking objects of unknown content for third parties with them.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD). Withdrawing cash from ATMs and paying with credit cards are possible in many places, and exchanging cash for NTD is also unproblematic.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes, but only with a visa
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least six months upon entry.

visa

German citizens do not need a visa for entry and stay of up to 90 days for visiting purposes, provided that a confirmed return or onward flight ticket and, if applicable, a visa for the destination country can be presented upon entry.
However, this only applies to entries via the international airports and the seaports of Keelung, Hualien, Taichung, Kinmen Shuitou Harbor, Mazu and Kaohsiung.

An extension of the length of stay is excluded.

When entering the country with a temporary passport, a visa is required, which can be applied for at the Visa Office (Bureau of Consular Affairs, at passport control) for short stays of a maximum of 30 days for a fee as a "landing visa" when entering via Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
When entering via the other international airports (Taipei Songshan, Kaohsiung, Taichung), the border police first issue a so-called "Temporary Entry Permit", which is subsequently converted into a "Landing" at the branch of the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the respective city Visa ”must be converted.
It is currently not possible to apply for a “landing visa” when entering Taiwan via other airports or international seaports.

For stays of more than 90 days, German citizens need a visa, which must be obtained before entering the country. Only applications that are completed online at the Consular Affairs Bureau and have a barcode at the end will be accepted.

Entry and exit via the People's Republic of China

Travelers to and from Taiwan with transit stays in the People's Republic of China are asked to contact a representation of the People's Republic of China about the visa requirements, see also travel and safety information China.

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

According to the Taiwanese Money Laundering Act, travelers must declare amounts in excess of NTD 100,000 and in excess of 20,000 Chinese Renminbi (CNY / RMB) on entry and exit. The same applies to foreign currency and securities with an equivalent value of more than US $ 10,000.

Gold valued at over US $ 20,000, as well as diamonds, jewelry, and platinum valued at over NTD 500,000 must also be declared.

The usual allowances for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products apply to travelers who have reached the age of twenty

It is prohibited to import counterfeit coins and banknotes, pornographic material, weapons, ammunition and endangered animal and plant species without an import permit.

The import of goods that violate copyright regulations is also prohibited.

The import of agricultural products (e.g. fruit) and meat products (both fresh meat and processed products) is punished with fines between 80 and 400 euros for agricultural products. Since the outbreak of African swine fever in China, Taiwan has tightened its controls on unauthorized meat products. After Germany reported a case of African swine fever, the Taiwanese authorities announced that, without exception, luggage will be checked for products containing pork when entering from Germany. The penalties for unauthorized imports have been tightened considerably. They amount to around € 28,000 (1,000,000 TWD). It is to be expected that controls on entry will be tightened due to the topicality and will be severely punished if they are not observed (fine and / or entry ban).
For more information, see the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine. Travelers should either throw products they have brought with them into the designated garbage cans before customs control or inform the customs officers accordingly.

A doctor's prescription with an English translation should be carried with you for prescription drugs. Binding information can be obtained from the Taiwanese Customs, who can also apply for prior import authorizations.

Pets

There are quarantine regulations for the importation of pets. The import must be applied for prior to entry by presenting a veterinary health certificate to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture offers a sample ID as well as further information.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • As travel vaccinations, vaccinations against hepatitis A / B, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure (rural areas) also against Japanese encephalitis (JE) are recommended.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses become diurnal nationwide in the season from June to October Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually accompanied by fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Hepatitis B.

Taiwan has been a highly endemic country for hepatitis B (more than 50% of the population) for years, and vaccinations in infancy are slowly reducing its prevalence.

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)

This entero- or coxsackievirus infection, transmitted by contact or droplet infection, is endemic in Taiwan and has repeatedly led to small and larger outbreaks in recent years. With appropriate hygiene (tap hygiene) and avoidance of contact with sick people, an increased risk for travelers (children) is not to be expected.

Tstsugamushi fever (scrub typhus)

This fever, which is transmitted by mites, only poses a potential risk of infection when hiking in the countryside. The number of illnesses has been low in recent years.

  • To avoid Tstsugamushi fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day, and wear appropriate clothing.

Japanese encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis (JE) is inflammation of the brain caused by viruses. These are transmitted by nocturnal mosquitoes. Pigs and waterfowl in particular are infected with the virus without becoming ill themselves. Diseases in humans are rather rare, but then often have a severe course and often leave lasting damage or are fatal. There are no effective drugs against the JE viruses, see also the Japanese Encephalitis leaflet.

  • To avoid Japanese encephalitis, protect yourself against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day, and get vaccinated.

Air pollution

Medical supplies

Medical care in Taiwan corresponds to European standards and is excellent in the capital. If you do not go to one of the international departments of large hospitals, communication can be difficult due to a lack of English-speaking staff, especially in rural areas.

  • Take out travel health and return insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take your individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from a travel doctor and adjust your vaccination protection. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

* The term "countries" in the selection list includes states, provinces and territories. It does not reflect the position of the federal government regarding the status of a country or region.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations “Al Qaeda” and “Islamic State” (IS) have been threatened with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .

German nationals are recommended to register in the Foreign Office's "Elefand" crisis prevention list, regardless of their country or the length of their stay abroad:
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