Taipei

Taipei is the capital of Taiwan. It’s a modern urban city with Japanese roots, busy markets, and contemporary structures. Taipei is a city of a fantastic mix of contrasts – a mix of modern and traditional, where ancient temples blend with neon streets. Food in Taiwan’s capital is very good and extremely delicious. Taipei is a real paradise for the gourmands. There are numerous of night markets, where you can enjoy evening snacks in the chaotic environment. Throughout the city can be found numerous parks and other green oases (yep, that the plural for “Oasis”). Just a few minutes from the city you can find numerous hot springs nestled in the lush mountains. Taipei is a safe city. It’s ranked 66th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities. In order to make your holiday as calm and safety as possible, SafeAround compiled information concerning possible risks and dangers in the neighborhoods of Taipei.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Taipei is generally safe. It is ranked 66th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

There are some areas with high density of pickpockets. Do not leave your belongings unattended and be vigilant while getting on a public transport, in overcrowded areas or in night markets.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Mugging and kidnapping are very rare.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

The most common scam is mixing cheap tea leaves from China with the premium Mountain Tea (高山茶) and pass it off as the high-grade tea. Credit card scams are common, there are known situations when a scam artists call to the victims and claim to be from a bank, hotel and ask to provide a credit card credentials. ATM fraud is also a risk, be vigilant while using the ATM and try to use those machines, which are inside the bank.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Public transport is very convenient and safe. Public transport hubs are often targeted by pickpockets and bag-snatching. There have been reports of clients being assaulted by the cabbies. It occurs rarely, but the possibility exists, so constant vigilance is recommended. Some of the taxi drivers, do not turn their meters and then when you reach your destination they will charge you a price they will deem fit.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Earthquakes are among the main risks in Taiwan. It can strike at any time and quakes measuring over 6.0 on the Richter scale. Typhoon threat exists, especially between July to November. We advise refraining from visiting the mountains regions during these periods.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

The threat of the national terrorism in Taiwan is almost non-existent.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Overall, woman travelers risk seems to be lower than in main European countries or USA.

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Useful Information

Tourists from most European countries, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan are given a visa-free entry for stays of up to 90 days. If you’re planning to stay longer than six months, use the following website for further information www.boca.gov.tw.
Taiwan is inexpensive as a country. There are no private money changes in Taiwan. You can both change money at the airport or just at the local bank. Drawing money from the ATM could be a good option.
Subtropical (winter temperature is 18C, 28C in summer) If you want to check the current weather conditions and forecast, you can visit this website for further information: Central Weather Bureau.
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.