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 Taiwan - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +8

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
Voltage: 110 V / Frequency: 60 Hz

Both 110 and 220 are available in Taiwan using American style plugs. Appliances and tools can be purchased with either voltage.

Water
Taiwanese people seem to drink only bottled mineral water. Potable tap water is available. The pipes thorough-out the country once contained lead, however they have mostly been replaced. Taipei had a celebration last year when the project was completed.

Fuel
Normally available in fishing ports by arrangement.

LPG/Gas
Taiwan uses propane cooking gas. The valve is similar to American tanks. Depots normally do exchange or you can pay a deposit and get a tank for a day to decant yourself. You'll get the deposit back on return of the tank. It is possible to send out your tank to be filled, but it will probably take 5 or 6 days.

Boatyards/haulout/repair supplies
Houbihu: Haulout by crane can be arranged, however more than 35Ton crane has to come from Kaohsiung, 2 hours away. Marine railway for local fishing boats.They are reluctant to handle yachts. Local hardware and fishing supply stores only.

Kaohsiung: Several yards with travel lifts, mostly commercial, very expensive. This is where all the yacht builders have their factories.

Anping/XiDong: Reported travel lift and crane. Near Kaohsiung for supplies.

Money

New Taiwan dollar (NT$) of 100 cents. All conversion receipts should be kept, so as to be able to change back any NT$ when leaving. Declare foreign currency on arrival.

Communications

International Dialing Code for Taiwan is +886.

A prepaid SIM card for Taiwan with a world cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution for staying in touch while in Taiwan. All incoming calls while in Taiwan are FREE, regardless of where they originate. Pay the local rate for local calls and use your cellular phone in Taiwan like you do at home. A Taiwan SIM card and cell phone service is prepaid so there is no need for a contract.

3G wifi can be bought at Chunghua Telecom, 800NT/month unlimited connection, cheaper for limited data plans.

Public Wifi is available, see coverage map

SE Asia Cruisers Net
THIS NET IS NO LONGER OPERATIONAL.

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Police - Dial 110

Fire Service - Dial 119

Taiwanese Coast Guard emergency number 118. Website (English pages)

Publications

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Taiwan Tourism Bureau
http://www.tbroc.gov.tw

An extremely useful list of suppliers of marine supplies in Kaohsiung, compiled by the crew of s/y Janna.
http://klubko.net/stuff/TW-MarineSuppliers.pdf

Konnie and Matt Hahnewald visited Taiwan in 2012. Lots of useful local information on their blog.
http://konniandmatt.blogspot.ca

Update History

June 2018: Yachting Essentials info. from Larry Littlefield.
December 2017: Clearance and formalities checked and updated. Websites fixed.
April 2016: Checked Clearance & Documents - website links still down.
November 2015: Immigration & Customs checked.
April 2014: Clearance checked/updated.
November 2013: Customs and Immigration updated.
March 2012: Clearance updated with information from Nelson Liu.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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