Planning on traveling to Taiwan with kids? Here’s a some helpful Taiwan Travel Info to make sure your trip goes smoothly!
No additional shots required for travel if standard vaccinations are up to date. Learn more from CDC
U.S. passport holders who wish to enter Taiwan as a tourist or short-term visitor do not need a visa. If you plan to visit Taiwan for 90 or more days the visa is $160 per person of all ages. Learn more
Passport Holders of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, *Ireland, Italy, *Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands , *New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, *U.K. , U.S.A. and Vatican City State staying less than 30 days in Taiwan can enter without visa Learn more about visa requirements
Flight Must Haves
Inflatable foot rest: With 2 foot rest pillows, the 3 of us all slept laying down in 3 seats, granted I am a small adult. We have one for each kid. I bought the 1st Class Kid pillow a couple years ago when it was just my son and I. Back then it was $60! Now it’s only $19. This year I ordered a generic brand pillow for my daughter but it sprung a leak after just 2 uses. I highly recommend the 1st class kid. The material is thicker and stronger. There are 2 valves so you can use the AC vent to fill it.
Kids Headphones: We have the Nenos headphones. You can plug another set of headphones into the Nenos if the kids are sharing one device, such as an iPad. The ear pieces are soft and the volume is controlled. My daughter has a soft headband with built-in headphones. These are great for a toddler because they don’t fall off her head.
Water Bottles: We bring our own bottles and fill them with water after we get through security. Sometimes the flight attendants don’t come through with drink service for a while. Having your own water keeps the kids from complaining that they are thirsty. It’s also good to have your own reusable bottles while traveling to avoid having to buy bottled water. Being green saves money too! We have the Sip By Swell bottle. I like this one because the cap is connected to the bottle. It’s thinner than most bottles and fit in preschool size backpack pockets.
Airport Arrival Tips
- What not to bring: No meat, especially pork. Even your leftover spam musubi or ham sandwich can cost you a hefty fine. Your leftover airplane meal is also a no-no. No fruits, not even the apple wedges already peeled and cut for the kids. Baby food packets and crackers are okay unless they contain pork.
- Go to the currency exchange before you get to immigration. The line is shorter and it’s easier more convenient to exchange here than having to find a bank later.
- There is a separate immigration line for families traveling with a stroller, or pregnant women. Look for the pink sign. Usually there are only one or two other families in line vs the hundreds of people in the standard immigration line.
- You can purchase a sim card or portable wifi from the airport Learn More
- Cost of a taxi, UBER, or car service to Taipei is about $1000 – $1200 NT. I have been quoted much more so keep that in mind.
Taiwan is very safe but watch out for pickpockets and tourist scams (broken taxi meter, increased prices). In Taiwan, a red light does not necessarily mean that drivers will stop. So please be attentive when crossing the street.
The most common languages in Taiwan are Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. Locals are friendly and generally happy to help if you need directions or have questions. You’d be surprised that many Taiwanese are able to communicate in English. If you are in a pinch, Google Translate is your friend!
Where to Stay in Taipei
I prefer AirBnb when traveling as a family. For the cost of a hotel room you can rent a nice apartment with separate bedrooms and have the niceties of home, like a kitchen and sofa bed. This blog does a good job summing up the different districts of Taipei City.
You have many options to get around Taipei and even outside of the city. Taiwan has an affordable and efficient public transportation system. Due to traffic, in many cases it’s faster to take the MRT than a taxi. I find public buses to be clean and not crowded.
- MRT $20 – $65 NT per ticket based on distance, children 6 and under are free. Most MRT stations have nursing rooms and family restrooms.
- Buses $15 – $45 NT per ticket based on segments, children 6 and under are free
- Taxi Meter starts at $70 NT (seats 4 pax) car seats are not available
- Scooter Taxi $50 NT per ride within their zone (seats 1 adult and a small child)
- Hiring a driver $3500 NT for first 3 hours, then $500 NT each following hour (seats 4+ depending on vehicle)
- UBER some users state cheaper than a taxi
Street food is cheap and delicious. For example, you can find a steamed meat bun for $15 NT ($0.50). A bowl of beef noodles soup at a small eatery might cost as little as $60 NT ($2 USD). We just had an amazing dinner at a casual restaurant for about $250 NT ($8 USD). A meal at a nice full service restaurant may be about $800 NT ($26 USD).
From our experience, food stands and smaller eateries supply chopsticks and do not have forks. They usually have spoons which my 2 and 4 year old use for most meals. Bring a fork if you need it or you can buy one for about $20NT to keep in your bag.
***PLEASE, I BEG YOU… BRING YOUR OWN BAG FOR SHOPPING AND REUSABLE CONTAINERS IF YOU CAN. THE AMOUNT OF BAGS YOU WILL USE IN JUST ONE DAY EATING YOUR WAY THROUGH STREET VENDORS IS APPALLING.***
Taiwan is quite clean and we have never suffered food poisoning while visiting. That said, still examine the cleanliness of each vendor. I prefer to buy my fruit whole and eat it at home. You may notice most fruit vendors do not have running water, especially if they are selling out of a truck. If a vendor is busy then it’s less likely their food has been sitting around too long. Most street food is cooked to order as well.
Mosquitoes and Insects
Taiwan’s climate is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects. Mosquitoes can be found anywhere on the island and most active at dusk. Check for ticks after hiking. I brought insect repellent from the US to be sure it is safe to use on children. Badger Anti-bug Stick has been effective for us and is organic. My kids have yet to be bitten! I on the other-hand, get bitten no matter what I apply!
Most places are cash only. If you exchange your money at the airport, do so at the currency exchange prior to immigration. You can also exchange or withdraw money from a bank but it’s not convenient due to lines or having to search for a bank. You can also withdraw cash from ATMs, however you should check your bank’s international transaction fees. Not all ATMs will accept your debit card. Not all ATM machines offer instructions in English.
Higher end restaurants, convenience stores and department stores accept credit cards.
You can purchase a sim card and portable wifi from the airport. Learn More
Since I have T-Mobile: Calls to a US number are free if using Wi-Fi. Incoming and outbound texting is free. All other calls are 25 cents per minute. Data is a bit slow at times but I have not found it necessary to purchase a sim card or portable wifi. You can find free wifi at just about any cafe or restaurant.
You can definitely bring your stroller. Most locals use a mid-sized stroller daily. We always travel with our Uppababy Cruz for our 4 and 2 year old. I prefer our daily stroller over a travel/compact stroller hands down (We also have a Mountain Buggy Nano). The Cruz has a huge basket to hold everything you need for the day. Plus it folds up if needed and fits in the trunk of a taxi or corner of most restaurants. The bigger wheels make for a smoother ride on Taiwan’s bumpy sidewalks. Most of the walkways are not designed for strollers so you will find yourself pushing on and off the walkway. Plus our Uppababy has a buggy board and snack tray. My 4 year old doesn’t like to walk much so the stroller board is a life saver. So many locals asked me where I got my stroller!
We also travel with his Micro Kickboard scooter because he can ride along for miles/hours. He’s had a lot of experience on his scooter since we lived in Manhattan. Keep in mind that vehicles may not stop at pedestrian crossings.