How Safe Is Taiwan for Travel?

Taiwan
Safety Index:
54

Taiwan FlagTaiwan : Safety by City

Taiwan is an island country located in East Asia, off the coast of southwest of Okinawa, Japan and north of the Philippines.

Taiwan is actually governed by the Republic of China since 1945 and with more than 23 million people, it is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.

But apart from the crowded cities that Taiwan is known for, it also offers rocky mountains and lush forests.

When you go to Taiwan, expect an urban adventure in the country’s impressive capital, Taipei that’s brimming with vibrant culture, entertainment, cuisine (with numerous restaurants offering delicious food that is so cheap that the Japanese often take short trips just to taste it), contemporary clubs and bars and a uniquely energetic feel to it.

Many describe Taiwan as what China could’ve been like if it hadn’t been for centralized government and communism.

Warnings & Dangers in Taiwan

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Taiwan is generally safe to travel to, but it's not without its dangers. The only concern is a petty crime on the streets, but if you apply the basic precaution measures, your trip should go smoothly.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Though public transport is mostly safe and reliable, it is filled with pickpockets and petty thieves. Always negotiate everything in advance and never pay upfront. Transportation stations are also risky, as they are known to attract criminals. Bear in mind that Taiwan is filled with unlicensed taxi vehicles that don't use meters and might try to rip you off.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is a heightened risk of pickpockets in Taiwan since it has around 10 million visitors a year. Don‘t leave anything valuable in your back pockets and be especially vigilant in crowded places.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

As for natural disasters, Taiwan has a high risk of earthquakes. There are also risks of typhoons, especially between July to November and tourists are recommended to refrain from visiting the mountains during these periods.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Taiwan, on the whole, is extremely safe. Crime against foreigners is rare, and violent crime, and incidents such as mugging and rape, against foreigners are extremely rare.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Even though in Taiwan's recent history there haven't been any terrorist attacks, one can never be too cautious, and things such as terrorist attacks can never be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

The most common scams are connected with the ATMs. There is the popular scam of someone calling you, impersonating a bank employee or a hotel staff and asking you to confirm your credit card information. There is also the risk of ATM fraud so try and use the machines that are inside.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Taiwan is safe for solo women travelers. Just use your common sense and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid wearing purses and do not walk alone or ride in taxis at night.

So... How Safe Is Taiwan Really?

Taiwan is relatively safe to visit.

Though the rates of violent crime are low by world standards, you are recommended to remain vigilant at all times.

Petty crime rates are low as well, but pickpocketing and bag-snatching do occur, especially in locations frequented by tourists.

The shady, criminal side of Taiwan usually happens around barbershops and nightclubs which act as fronts for prostitution.

However, it is easy to differentiate the dodgy ones from real, legitimate businesses.

Real barber shops openly advertise their business and you can see through their windows barbers cutting hair, and if you can’t – that’s the dodgy one.

Apart from this, you should keep in mind that there have been reports of people being assaulted by taxi drivers: this happened a couple of time, and though it received unreasonably more media coverage than it should’ve since it only happened a couple of times, it still pays to remain vigilant.

Women, for example, should be cautious when taking taxis alone late at night and it is even recommended for them to only tell taxi drivers the street name and section, instead of their exact address.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Many countries in Europe, U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Taiwan, for any stays shorter than 90 days. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The New Taiwan dollar is the official currency in Taiwan. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, except in rural areas, while credit cards are accepted at most establishments.
  • Weather - There are two climates in Taiwan: the north part of Taiwan has a sub-tropical climate zone, while the southern part has a tropical climate zone. Winters in Taiwan are warm and mild while summers are hot and wet, with typhoons and thunderstorms.
  • Airports - Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is an international airport in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. It is located about 40 km west of Taipei in Dayuan District. The airport is Taiwan's largest and busiest.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Taiwan, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Taiwan Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 16° C
Feb 17° C
Mar 19° C
Apr 23° C
May 26° C
Jun 29° C
Jul 30° C
Aug 30° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 25° C
Nov 21° C
Dec 18° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

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20 Reviews on Taiwan

  1. Taiwan is ranked the 2nd safest country in the world by the FBI.

    1. Not as Safe

      Taiwan law requires the VICTIM to record video of the crime. The victim has to prove the guilt before the police will even investigate. The crime rates are very low because of this law. Basically the police under report or they do not even investigate. There is more crime than people realize. The AIT website (acts like U.S. Embassy in Taiwan) will give a clear picture of this problem on there website. It is shocking, but I have experienced it.

      The biggest problem is Taiwanese driving is horrible. They have no problem running red lights or even driving on the sidewalks. The country has 8 deaths per day related to this. To put this in perspective, Japan population is 5x’s bigger. They average 10 a day. Taiwan has the worse fatality rate in Asia.

      I was struck by a moped in the cross walk. The moped ran a red light really late because I was halfway across when I was struck down. The old man fell off his moped, but got on right away and left. I got only 3 of the numbers off the license plate. The police cameras at the intersection were not operating properly, so no video. No video, no case for the police.

      Just be aware and safe on your travels.

      1. CCTV is everywhere!!

        You do know there are CCTV EVERYWHERE right? You can simply request a copy of the video or by police so I don’t buy that BS. Every day we see something so stupid on the news, I’m sure a foreigner got hurt/robbed would make the deadline (yes, really!)

        1. Current Health Issue

          How do we save in this current health issue?the ncorona virus from Wuhan China, and 1 confirm cases in Taiwan, do we save to travel to Taiwan now ( chinese new year 2020)

  2. Why is Taiwan lower on the list then Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand?

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      Anonymous says:

      Because the report is of error

  3. A
    Anonymous says:

    This is crazy. As a UK person that has visited 70+ countries, Taiwan is far and away the safest country (well done for getting the second part right, at least) I have ever been to.

  4. This is crazy. As a UK person that has visited 70+ countries, Taiwan is far and away the safest country (well done for getting the second part right, at least) I have ever been to. Can’t take the rest of the list seriously because of that.

  5. Agreed with Rye – It is very save !

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    Anonymous says:

    Taiwan is on top of the safest country in the world according to other research.

    OMG, Taiwan is probably the safest country in the world. Portugal is safe too. do, this list is a joke.

  7. Very safe

    I have travelled around cities in Taiwan at least once a year. Taiwan is a very safe country. No issues of walking alone at night. Most Taiwanese are friendly. Definitely much safer than neighbouring country, PRC.

  8. Taiwan is a very safe country. I visit Taiwan frequently and travelled the whole country. No problem during the day or night.

  9. Very safe

    I would say Taiwan is even safer than most European countries to travel to and definitely one of the safest countries in Asia. This safety index is absurd.

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    TaiwanExpat says:

    Extremely Safe

    I live in Taipei for more than three years and I am really surprised to read these warnings. Taipei is really the safest country I have been too far safer than any European country especially about pickpocketing. People leave their phones and wallets in Starbucks to reserve a table when they order or go to the restroom, no one takes anything.

  11. Relatively safe = the safety index of 54?

    Relatively safe = the safety index of 54? I’m utterly confused.. Overall risk is also low, so what gives?

  12. Taiwan is one of the safest countries I know. You’ll find out about this if you actually travel there. The index is simply ridiculous.

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    Annonymous says:

    Does Taiwan still safe to visit during CoronaVirus outbreak

  14. PRC website?

    This website must be operated by the PRC… another attempt to alienate Taiwan from the rest of the world.

  15. A
    Anonymous says:

    This review is Ill informe There are no pickpockets in Taiwan.

Rated 4.3 / 5 based on 20 user reviews.

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