Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Taiwan. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Taiwan is generally a safe place to visit and to do business, but there are a few safety precautions to be aware of:

  • avoid quiet streets
  • when visiting busy and crowded places such as night markets, pay extra attention to securing handbags and personal belonging to avoid pick pockets
  • use ATMs located inside banks or on a busy street.


There is no compulsory vaccination required before going to Taiwan, which is free from yellow fever, meningococcal, cholera and malaria. Consult your doctor for advice prior to travel or contact Health Services Australia who may recommend a hepatitis injection. Do not drink tap water and avoid eating food from food stands.