TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Online registration for the government-sponsored hotel subsidy of NT$1,000 (US$34) per room per person, which was designed to boost domestic tourism amid the COVID-19 pandemic (安心旅遊) is available now until Oct. 31.
The first step required to apply is to upload a photo of one's ID card or National Health Insurance card on this site, according to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. The next step is to fill out personal information details, including the applicant's name, phone number, date of birth, address, and email address.
After registration is confirmed, applicants should go to Taiwan stay net (臺灣旅宿網) to find out whether the hotel they intend to visit is participating in the subsidy program. Applicants are recommended to book rooms by phone or through hotel websites or by calling; booking through an online travel agent (OTA) is reportedly not permitted.
The subsidy is good for any night, even on national holidays. Every Taiwanese citizen with a valid ID card is entitled to make use of the subsidy once on the main island. However, those who travel to any of Taiwan's outlying islands — including Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu, Xiao Liuqiu, Green Island, or Lanyu — can take advantage of the subsidy a second time.
The move comes as part of a more comprehensive hotel subsidy program, which will be implemented on July 1 and run through Oct. 31. For more information about the program, please refer to this site.