The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan – Free PDF download

Thinking of travelling to Taiwan for fun or work? Then The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan is a must, provided by the Taiwanese government as a free PDF download and available at certain book shops in Taiwan (list available on the RDEC website), the booklet covers all aspects of visiting, living and working in Taiwan:

The Handy Guide for Foreigners in Taiwan

This booklet is the survival kit and contains all the important information about living in Taiwan, covering topics on immigration and visas, transportation, food, shopping, living tips, healthcare, banking services, employment and investment, and education. The goal is to help all foreign friends have a convenient and hassle-free experience in Taiwan.

Here is the direct download link to the free PDF as the link is hidden on the RDEC website.

Thanks to @MyTaibei for sharing this Twitter.

  • Although I doubt I’ll ever be going to Taiwan… wait, just by saying that I probably made it happen somehow. Taiwan here I come! Thanks for the free guide.

    • I’m in the same boat as Carl. No plans to go to Taiwan, but this is free so why not? Thanks for posting this.

      • Cheers for the comments – though I wonder why you are so quick to rule out ever coming here? Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it 🙂

  • What a coincidence that you posted this today, the day I went to renew my ARC again. I’m anxious to take a look through it. Thanks.

    • Hi Steve, how did your ARC renewal go?

      • Efficient, as usual. I had to wait for about 15 minutes, and after they called my number I was processed and out of there five minutes later. This was in the Taoyuan office.

        However, there was a young foreigner at the counseling window who looked pretty stressed. From what I overheard he had overstayed, and the various officers he spoke with didn’t seem too sympathetic.

        Just a warning to others: Keep on top of those visa/ARC deadlines. They don’t play around.

  • Christa

    Hi, Dave!

    Thanks for posting it. I’m a 7th semester student of English Education Study Program from Indonesia. I plan to go to Taiwan as an exchange student. This handbook is really handy!

    Can I ask something? My period of study starts on Feb 1 – Jul 31, meaning that I should be in Taiwan before Feb and back to Indonesia after July. So, should I consider applying for ARC?

    谢谢你!^^