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    Taiwan

    Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
    • In short

      • Region
        Asia
      • Capital
        Taipei
      • Population
        23,061,000
      • Currency
        New Taiwan dollar (TWD)
      • Languages
        Taiwanese, Mandarin
    • Flag

      Flag of Taiwan
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    Recommended Immunization

    In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (Taiwan). Some of them may also be mandatory.

    Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
    These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
    Cholera
    Cholera is present in certain regions of the country. Consider protection only if anticipating close contact with local residents in unhygienic conditions. Vaccination is recommended for health professionals and aid workers assigned to endemic areas. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.
    Japanese encephalitis
    Vaccination is recommended for travellers staying more than a month between April and October. To consider whether any visits outside urban areas are planned or if an outbreak is underway in the region, even if the stay is less than a month.
    Hepatitis A
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
    Hepatitis B
    High prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
    HIV
    A screening test is required to obtain a work or residence permit. A test is also required for persons staying over 90 days. Positive status could lead to refusal of entry or deportation.
    Typhoid fever
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers who are planning a long-term visit, expect to have close contact with local residents or who are planning stays outside tourist areas in unhygienic conditions. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.

    During your stay

    Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.

    Dengue fever
    Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Vaccination is recommended for travellers planning to visit or work in forested areas and farms, for hikers, campers and expatriates. The unpasteurized dairy products can also transmit the disease. Vaccination is not recommended for a short stay in urban areas.
    Lyme disease
    travellers who visit infected rural areas, particularly campers and backcountry enthusiasts are more at risk. These travellers should properly protect themselves from insect bites.
    Plague
    Plague is a disease that could be transmitted by insects of this region. Effective protection against insects would help prevent this problem.
    Rabies
    Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups and adventure travellers.

    The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

    Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.

    If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

    The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:

    • Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
    • Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
    • Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)

    If you need help when travelling in Taiwan, contact:

    Taiwan - TAIPEI
    Trade Office of Canada
    Address: 5F & 6F, Hua-Hsin (citibank building), No. 1 SongZhi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei 11047, Taiwan
    Tel.: 886 (2) 8723-3000
    Fax: 886 (2) 8723-3590
    E-mail: tapei@international.gc.ca
    Website: www.canada.org.tw/taiwan/menu.aspx

    While in Taiwan, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator by dialing a Canada-direct number: 00-801-20012.

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.

    Bon voyage!