How To Register With Healthcare In Taiwan

Taiwanese healthcare operates on a two-tier system of health insurance consisting of both private and public sector provision. As an expat, you will be obliged to register with the National Health Insurance scheme (NHI, Chinese: 全民健康保險) if you have been resident for over six months, but many expats opt for private cover as well, either … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Taiwan

The Taiwanese economy is among the largest in the world. The Central Bank of the Republic of China (which is also technically the central bank of Taiwan) was established in 1924. It is administered under the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China Government. The central bank regulates the activities of financial institutions and banks … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Taiwan

Taiwan, an East Asian state neighbouring the People’s Republic of China to the north-west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south, is popular among expats for a number of reasons. From its delectable local cuisine to its efficiently organised public healthcare system (it is a global leader in certain fields of medicine), … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Taiwan

You may wish to visit Taiwan for a number of reasons. For example, you may want to see its picturesque shrines in Taroko National Park, its verdant mountains or its modern capital, Taipei. Whatever your motivation for going, you may first need to apply for a visa. This article will walk you through your options. … Read more

How To Find A Job In Taiwan

Taiwan is a successful and developing state, but it is not always easy for expats to find work and obtain an employment permit there. There are restrictions on the type of jobs that overseas personnel can apply for, due to a government policy on attracting skilled workers, although English teachers are still in high demand. … Read more

Thomas Underwood

Who are you? I’m Thomas. I’m 30 years old and from Australia and am living in Taiwan. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I’m so glad to have been born and raised in Australia. Australia has such a natural aptitude of caring and cultivating good worldly citizens.But if you want to experience everything … Read more

Larry, Taipei

Who are you? Larry. I’m Larry and I’m a foreigner in Taiwan.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I first moved abroad as a missionary for the LDS church in Taichung when I was 19, in 2011. What challenges did you face during the move? I really didn’t like the food to begin with, … Read more

Taiwan – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Taiwan and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Expats New To Taiwan Facebook Group This … Read more

Andrea, Hsinchu

Who are you? I’m a 50-something American expat, addicted to travel, curious about life. I love trying new things and challenging myself. Raised in a small town in the Midwest, I worked in aviation for 28 years before quitting it all, getting rid of my stuff, and heading to Asia.Where, when and why did you … Read more

Taiwan – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Taiwan and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Foreign Sanctuary www.foreignsanctuary.com Canadian Constance has been blogging about her life Taiwan … Read more

Why Moving To Taiwan Will (Probably) Make You Healthier

Taiwan consists of a population of more than 23 million people. It is one of the world’s most densely populated destinations, and is known for its modern, bustling cities, as well as its fertile forests and steep mountains. Taiwanese society is friendly and gracious, and expats will feel at ease in the company of the … Read more

Dealing With Culture Shock In Taiwan – Some Advice For New Expats

Taiwan can be a confusing place for expats. In many ways, it’s a modern, advanced, very global country, in terms of both its economy and its culture. Nonetheless, there are certain things about it that are absolutely nothing like what most European and American expats are used to. The native culture and customs remain firmly … Read more

Five Foods You Must Try When Living In Taiwan

There is a lot to explore in Taiwan – and its food is a good place to start. Aside from local flavours and character, Taiwanese cuisine over the years has incorporated influences from both mainland China and Japan. Xiaochi, or the Taiwanese equivalent of tapas, are an interesting and important part of Taiwanese culinary culture … Read more

Taiwan – Too Dangerous Or An Expat Paradise?

As is the case with travel to any part of the world, visiting or living in Taiwan may expose you to certain risks and safety concerns, but this in no way makes it a dangerous place to live! Taiwan is in fact a very safe place for most expats, and most of them say that … Read more

Taiwan – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Taiwan and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there. Foreign Sanctuaryhttp://foreignsanctuary.com/ Constance is a Canadian expat who now lives in … Read more

Jenny Green, Taipei

Who are you? I’m Jenny Green, an ex-ESL teacher and education manager and now freelance writer. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Taiwan with my husband and son on my son’s 8th birthday in August 2011. What challenges did you face during the move? One of our greatest challenges was … Read more

Dan Chapman, Nangang

I am a guy from the west of England who has lived in Taiwan for more than 15 years. When I started my stay here I was in my mid-twenties; unfortunately, I have now hit the big 40. These things rarely have a grand plan – after all it takes some resolve to say I … Read more