Before you travel

Before you travel - Taiwan, ROC

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TAIWAN

(Updated December 2018)

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

As you prepare to embark on your upcoming Affordable World journey, please log on to your My Affordable account and click on your trip confirmation ID to review the most up to date trip details including hotel information, flight schedules, and ticket number(s). Please make sure you have all travel documents, passports, and necessary visas ready before you depart for your trip.

CHECKING IN AT THE AIRPORT

Be sure to bring your passport as you will need to present it when checking in at the airport. Please be advised not all airlines assign seats in advance. Some airlines assign seats at the airport during check-in. We recommend all travellers arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to the flight departure time. You will receive boarding passes at the airline counter upon check-in for your flight.

UPON ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG

Please go through Customs and Immigrations on your own. After you pick up your luggage, exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Vigor Airport Shuttle service at A-12a or B-04 upon entering the Arrival Hall. Kindly present your shuttle bus tickets (as enclosed) to obtain your shuttle bus transfer to the hotel.
Extended Stay Travelers
Airport transfers out are not included for those who have chosen to extend their stay at the end of the tour. If you have purchased an airport transfer service from us, please be sure to provide all flight information to Affordable World prior to your trip departure date.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

o   Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the return date of your trip

o   US Passport holders
Taiwan: a visa is notrequired for your stay in Taiwan up to 30 days
Hong Kong: a visa is not required for a stay in Hong Kong up to 90 days

o   Non US-Passport holders – please check with your local Taiwan and Hong Kong consulates for Visa requirements

o   It is the responsibility of the traveller to obtain all required visas in a timely manner

o   For detailed passport and entry requirements, all travellers are advised to check with their embassy or consulate

BAGGAGE

Baggage allowance for international flights may vary by airline and is subject to change at any time. Please refer to the below information for each airline’s baggage policy as of June 2016. For up to date baggage allowance information, please check directly with the airlines.

Baggage Allowance:

o   Eva Air International Flights - The standard free baggage allowance on international flights is 2 pieces, up to 50 lbs each. Carry-on baggage is limited to one piece per person, up to 15 lbs.

o   Cathay Pacific International Flights - The standard free check in baggage allowance on international flights is 2 pieces per person, up to 50 lbs each. Carry-on baggage is limited to one piece per person, up to 15 lbs.

o   Please keep in mind within Asia, the baggage limitation on all flights is restricted to one piece of check-in luggage, up to 44 lbs and one carry-on bag with a combined total dimension not exceeding 45 inches.

Important Luggage Info & Tips

o   Baggage is the sole responsibility of the traveller. We recommend using a TSA approved luggage lock and Affordable World luggage tags showing the name and contact information of the owner (Please use the Affordable World luggage tags provided in this package). Baggage without a lock may be refused for transport

o   DO NOT pack medicine, valuables, and other personal necessities in checked luggage. Keep these items in your carry-on bag

o   Consider packing a change of clothing and toiletry in your carry-on bag to avoid inconvenience caused by delays or lost luggage.

o   Power bank chargers over 20,000 mAh are restricted from carry on and check in luggage

o   Power bank mAh capacity must be clearly labelled by manufacturer on the charger

o   Please visit www.tsa.gov for USA carry on restrictions

o   No porter service will be provided throughout the tour. During the tour please keep an eye on your personal belongings and valuables at all times. Be aware of your surroundings when going out on your own.

o   Important note: Affordable World Tours’ representatives cannot enter the luggage claim area. After you collect your luggage and exit customs, our local Affordable World representative will be waiting for you outside with an Affordable World flag or sign.

CHINESE CUSTOMS PROCEDURES

Foreign visitors are allowed to import, free of duty, one carton of cigarettes and one 750 ml bottle of alcohol. There are no restrictions on importing the following items for personal use: medicine, camera/camcorder, watches, personal jewelry and any amount of money (Important note: The total amount you can bring back from China to the U.S is $5,000. For those carrying more than $5,000 - Upon arrival in China, please report to the China customs agent the total amount of currency you are carrying). Professional recording equipment is not allowed without an import permit. Pornography, weapons, inflammable and explosive items, certain drugs are illegal and not allowed to be taken into China. Merchandise labeled as “cultural relic” or “antique” may not be taken out of China without an official export license.

TAIWAN CUSTOMS PROCEDURES

Foreign visitors 20 or over in age are allowed to import, free of duty, 200 cigarettes (or 25 cigars or 1 pound of tobacco), 1000 c.c or less alcoholic beverages without limitation on the number of bottles. For inbound and outbound traveller declaration and duty exemption, please check the Taipei Customs website for further details www.taipei.customs.gov.tw

CURRENCY

Hong Kong currency is called Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). Taiwanese currency is called New Taiwan Dollar (NT). We suggest you bring a combination of cash and major credit cards for your trip. As of December 2018, the following exchange rates apply: US $1 = TWD 30.81; US $1 = HKD 7.83

TIPPING

Please note gratuities are not included in your tour cost. They are customary and their purpose is to encourage and reward quality service. Our guides greatly appreciate any tips you would like to give them. Our recommended tip amount is $10 USD per person per night.

HEALTH & MEDICAL MATTERS

Medical and vaccination requirements vary between countries and it is important you check with your family doctor or a qualified medical professional for the most up to date travel health information for the region you are visiting. Due to the length of the trip, it is advised you consult your doctor for existing medical/dental conditions before departure. It is advised to pack any prescription medicine in your carry on hand luggage. Please make sure prescription medicine is fully labelled. It may also be useful to bring aspirin, over-the-counter medicine forthe flu, indigestion, motion sickness, etc. In case of illness during the trip, please immediately notify your tour guide for assistance.

ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENT

Taiwan’s electrical system operates at 110 volts. China’s electrical system operates at 220 volts. The electrical outlets in China are either for fat round pins or flat angled blades. It is recommended travellers bring their own voltage converter and adapter.

TIME DIFFERENCE
The time difference between major cities in North America and China are as below:

o   Los Angeles & San Francisco + 15 hours

o   New York + 12 hours

MEALS

Meals are included as per itinerary. Tap water is not potable in China. Bottled water may be purchased from the hotel or convenience store. We regret to inform you that Affordable World is unable to confirm any special mealrequests as it is based on the availability of the providing restaurants, hotels, and airlines. Please contact the airlines directly to place special meal requests for your flights.

SHOPPING

Although Affordable World’s national guides will be happy to assist you with any shopping requests, Affordable World does not assume responsibility for any items purchased at shops while on tour. You are never required to purchase any items while on tour and thus must be responsible for your own purchases. Any after sales correspondence must be between the passenger and the shop in question.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS

National Holidays:

o   January 1           New Year’s Day

o   February 28       Peace Memorial Day

o   April 4               The combined holidays of Women’s Day & Children’s Day

o   April 5               Traditional Tomb Sweeping Day

o   May 1                Labor Day

National Festivals:

o   Chinese Lunar New Year and Spring Festival – 1 st day of the 1st lunar month

o   Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) – The 15th day of the 8th lunar month

CLIMATE

Being a small Island Nation, Taiwan’s climate does not vary drastically from region to region. Taiwan has a subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid while winters can be cool and damp. The rainy season usually occurs late summer to mid-autumn.

LANGUAGE

China has 28 provinces and 28 major dialects; the official language is Mandarin. To make your trip more interesting and rewarding, we have included a list of the most useful phrases in Mandarin.

ADDITONALTRAVEL INFO

.   For detailed Taiwan travel guides & maps please visit: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/
.   For detailed China travel guides & maps please visit: http://www.cnto.org/
HONG KONG EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER 852-2309-2611
TAIWAN EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER +886-2-2563-5313
CHINA EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER 011-86-21-5294-1088