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Taiwan: Flooding, Deadly Landslides Shut Down Taipei

Date: June 13th, 2012 | No Comments

Four people were killed by landslides and more than 3,000 were evacuated when flash flooding overwhelmed Taipei and other areas June 11. Knee-deep flood waters submerged large sections of the city after heavy monsoon rains swamped the capital, a major travel portal for East and South Asia. Continuing storms disrupted numerous flights at Taoyuan International [read more]

Taiwan: Smoking Ban Now in Effect

Date: January 22nd, 2009 | No Comments

After an 18-month grace period, a smoking ban went into effect in January that prohibits smoking in all public places, including hotels, restaurants, theaters, department stores, public transit facilities and vehicles, taxis, cafes and karaoke bars. The maximum fin [read more]

China and Taiwan

Date: January 18th, 2005 | No Comments

Between Jan. 29 and Feb. 20, 48 charter flights will carry Taiwanese working in China home for Chinese New Year holidays and back again, becoming the first direct flights between the two rivals since 1949. Hopes are high that the flights will help reduce tensions in the region and lead to regularly scheduled flights and [read more]


Date: July 7th, 2003 | No Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) removed Taiwan from the list of SARS-effected areas July 5. Taiwan was the last place where WHO advised avoiding nonessential travel, and this move effectively declares the world free of the casual spread of the disease. It is possible that SARS could return, most likely with the winter flu season, [read more]


Date: May 21st, 2003 | No Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) extended its advisory for Taipei to cover all of the island May 21 because 35 new cases were reported and the disease has spread to the southern port city of Kaohsiung. WHO now recommends deferring all non-essential travel [read more]

Taiwan: Falling Rock Kills Tourist in Taroko National Park

Date: February 3rd, 2010 | No Comments

Taroko National Park, one of Taiwan’s top destinations for foreign tourists, closed one end of the Tunnel of Nine Turns at Taroko Gorge Jan. 29 after a Chinese tourist was struck and killed by a falling rock. Park administrators have known that falling rocks in the area are a serious danger, to the point that [read more]

Pacific Rim: Taiwan Earthquake Damages Undersea Cables

Date: January 3rd, 2007 | No Comments

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Taiwan Dec. 26 and damaged undersea telecommunications cables, affecting internet, banking and telephone services around the Pacific Rim. Much of the service has been restored but repairs to the cables are expected to take as long as a month. Internet access may be slow or unavailable in so [read more]


Date: February 3rd, 2004 | No Comments

The vast majority of taxi drivers are legitimate and honest, but there have been incidents of assault and theft by taxi drivers. After dark, women should try to avoid taking taxis alone, or should use a radio-dispatched cab. Jot down the license number, which is displayed on the rear window and doors. Few drivers speak [read more]


Date: June 18th, 2003 | No Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) lifted its travel advisory for Taiwan, citing dramatic improvement in the battle against SARS. The daily number of new cases has dropped steeply because of intense efforts by the medical [read more]


Date: May 7th, 2003 | No Comments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory May 1 suggesting that travelers contemplating nonessential travel to Taiwan “may wish to postpone their trips until further notice.” Taiwanese authorities announced May 2 that all passengers arriving on aircraft from SARS-affected areas (Hong Kong, Singapore and Toronto) will be required to wear [read more]

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