VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Taiwan
Documents for obtaining visas to the Republic of China in Taiwan are accepted by the Representation of the Taipei-Moscow Coordinating Commission for Economic and Cultural Cooperation, visas are issued there.
The representative office in Moscow is located at: 103050, Tverskaya
st. Reception of documents is carried out from 09.30 to 13.00 Lunch from 13.00 to 14.00 Issuance of ready-made visas from 14.00 to 17.00
To obtain a visa to the Republic of China in Taiwan, you must provide the following documents:
– Application form (one copy, filled in Russian)
– One photo (3 x 4) preferably in color
– Passport (valid for at least 6 months before the expiration date indicated in the passport)
– The invitation must be issued on the letterhead of the inviting Taiwanese organization (firm, company, etc.).
The invitation must be signed by the director (owner) of this organization, and also have a personal seal, the seal of the organization, the signature and position of this person.
You must also provide a copy of the license or certificate of registration of the Taiwanese organization (firm, company, etc.) inviting you, as well as a copy of the identity card (ID card) of the person who signed the invitation. Invitation, license and identity card can be received by fax.
It is strictly forbidden to send invitations by fax to the Representation of the Taipei-Moscow Coordinating Commission.
The cost of a single entry visa is $36, the processing time is five working days, $54 is two working days. Payment for visas is made in US dollars. Persons invited to the Republic of China in Taiwan for business negotiations, visits to exhibitions, participation in symposiums, conferences, as well as tourists are entitled to receive such a visa.
The importation of weapons, drugs and pornography into Taiwan is strictly prohibited. According to local laws, the death penalty is due for the importation of drugs. In addition, if you bring more than 1 liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 1 pound of tobacco into Taiwan, you must pay customs duty. It is allowed to import no more than $ 10,000, the amount of more than $ 5,000 must be declared. When entering Taiwan, you are allowed to bring in personal belongings worth up to NT$6,000. You can also bring 5000 US$ in gold or silver. If you arrive on the island with a larger amount, it may be held by customs until you leave. Upon arrival, you must declare that you have all foreign currency. A maximum of US$ 5,000 in cash is allowed on departure unless you declare a higher amount upon entry.
Import of Taiwan’s official currency is limited to NT$60,000, export is prohibited. It is forbidden to export historical documents, valuable objects and works of art, as well as paintings and graphics without a store receipt confirming the legality of the purchase or an export permit from the Chinese Administrative Department for Cultural Property.
Embassy in Taiwan
Taiwan, embassy in Moscow
117330 st. Friendship, 6
Phone: 938-20-06, 143-15-43, 143-15-40
Taiwan, Russian Embassy in the country:
1000600, Beijing, st. Dongzhimen Beizhongjie, 4
Phone: (86106) 532-20-51, Consular Department – 532-12-67
Communication in Taiwan
Taiwan’s telephone system is modern and well organized. Any call can be made from a pay phone (they work with magnetic cards), which are installed everywhere. Phone cards are sold in hotels, post offices and telegraph offices. Domestic calls cost about NT$1 for three minutes, long distance calls within the island – NT$5 for three minutes.
To call from Russia to Taiwan, dial 8 – 10 – 886 – area code – phone number.
To call from Taiwan to Russia, dial 002 – 7 – area code – phone number.
Emergency Phones in Taiwan
Police and Rescue Service – 110
Fire Service – 119
Ambulance – 120
Traffic Police – 122
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1-3 – New Year and the founding of the Republic of China
January-February – Chinese New Year or “Spring Festival”
two weeks after the Chinese New Year – Lantern Festival
February 28 – Memorial Day
March 29 – Youth Day
April 4 – Women’s and Children’s Day (the same period usually falls on Memorial Day of the Ancestors)
May 1 – Labor Day
May 8 – Mother’s Day
June (5th day of the 5th lunar month) – Dragon Boat Festival
August 8 – Father’s Day
August (15th day of the 7th lunar month) – Ghost Festival
September 3 – Armed Forces Day
September (15th day of the 8th lunar month) – Lunar Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival
September 28 – Teacher’s Day (Confucius’s birthday)
October 10 – Republic Day or Two Tens Day (anniversary of the 1911 uprising)
November 12 – Sun Yat-sen’s birthday (Doctors’ Day and Cultural Revival Day are celebrated on the same day)
December 25 – Day Constitution
Just like in mainland China, Taiwan has a huge number of all kinds of festive events. Traditional and public holidays are especially popular – Chinese New Year (the first day of the first new moon of the year); Lantern Festival (the first full moon in the new year), when millions of lanterns are lit throughout the country, according to legend, escorting the souls of ancestors to another world who have descended to earth to their loved ones to celebrate the New Year; holiday “Two Tens” (Republic Day) – the anniversary of the Wuchang uprising and many others. These days, almost all buildings, city squares and streets are decorated in the national style, numerous fireworks and processions, musical, dance and other magnificent ceremonies are held throughout the country. Almost all traditional holidays are held according to the lunar calendar,
Taiwan is a zone of active tectonic activity, so earthquakes with a magnitude of about 4 points happen here quite often.
According to thembaprograms, most shops are open from 9:00 or 10:00 to 22:00, department stores are open from 10:30 or 11:00 to 21:30.
Tipping is not traditional in Taiwan. The only ones worth making an exception for are luggage carriers, who are usually left with a few dollars in tip. Some restaurants and hotels add a 5% value added tax and a 10% service charge to the bill.
The healthcare system in Taiwan is very advanced and modern. The qualifications of the medical staff are high, many local doctors were trained in Europe and America. Imported drugs are quite expensive, but locally produced drugs are of very high quality and widely available. It is recommended to take out medical insurance before the trip.
A vaccination certificate is not required to enter the country. Vaccination against hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tuberculosis, cholera and typhoid is recommended. In case of arrival from areas of yellow fever (within 6 days after departure or transit from such areas), a vaccination certificate is required (children under 1 year of age are exempted). Malaria prophylaxis is recommended. The risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis exists from April to January in the wooded areas of the center of the island.