TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Tourism Bureau is offering free half-day tours for transit or transfer passengers with 7- to 24-hour layovers, who have valid Taiwan travel visas or come from countries eligible for visa-exempt entry.
There are both morning and afternoon half-day tours. The morning tour includes visits to sites in Sanxia and Yingge. The afternoon tour includes visits to Taipei 101, Longshan Temple, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Memorial Park, among other sites in Taipei.
In addition to travel visa holders and those with visa-exempt status, citizens from India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos who have applied for a "Travel Authorization Certificate," are also eligible. Registrants must print out this certificate, which is available on the Taiwan National Immigration Agency website.
For the rest of eligible travelers, only a passport valid for at least six months and a completed immigration embarkation/disembarkation card is required.
To book a tour, go to the Tourist Service Center in the Arrival Lobby of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Up to six seats can be reserved 14 to 30 days in advance. For those that wish to book a tour in advance, please fill in the application form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To avoid missing departure flights, passengers registering for the morning tour must be scheduled to depart after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the tour, and passengers registering for the afternoon tour must be scheduled depart after 8:30 p.m. on the same day.
Itinerary and Tour Schedules
|Pick-up Location||Terminal 1
Tourist Service Center
Tourist Service Center
|Return to Airport|
|Morning Tour Departure Time||8:15 a.m.||8:00 a.m.||1:15 p.m.|
|Afternoon Tour Departure Time||2:00 p.m.||1:45 p.m.||6:30 p.m.|
2017 Free Half-Day Tours
The following are the official itineraries of the free morning and afternoon half-day tours as posted on the Tourism Bureau website.
Daily Morning Sanxia-Yingge Half-Day Tour
Sanxia Old Street (Wikimedia Commons)
|08:00||Leave Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Sanxia|
|08:15||Leave Terminal 1 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Sanxia|
|09:15||Sanxia Qingshui Zushi Temple|
|09:45||Sanxia Old Street
New Taipei City Hakka Museum
|10:15||Sanxia → Yingge|
|10:30||Yingge Ceramics Old Street|
|12:15||Yingge → Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport|
|13:15||Back at airport|
Daily Afternoon Taipei City Half-Day Tour
Longshan Temple (Wikimedia Commons)
|13:45||Leave Terminal 2 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Taipei City|
|14:00||Leave Terminal 1 of Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport for Taipei City|
|15:20||Taking in sights of eastern Taipei from the bus
Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (pass by)
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (pass by)
|16:20||Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall & Memorial Park|
|17:00||Taking in sights of western Taipei from the bus
Beimen (North Gate) (pass by)
Presidential Office Building (pass by)
Taipei Fine Arts Museum (pass by)
Grand Hotel (pass by)
|17:30||Taipei City → Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport|
|18:30||Back at airport|
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Tourist Service Center
Service Hours: 07:00~23:30 (Terminal 1)/ 05:30~24:00 (Terminal 2)
TEL: +886-3-398-2194, +886-3-398-3341 (or dial 12194 or 13341 on the airport’s courtesy telephone)
Should you have any queries about tour registration, please contact the Tourism Bureau by e-mailing email@example.com or visit the Free half-day tour website.