Taipei is a modern city and a great place to call home. This is the ideal destination for many remote workers and digital nomads that are looking to spend a season in a city that boasts culture, delicious food and friendly people. If you’re thinking of settling down in Taipei, whether you’re staying for a month or even longer, don’t miss out on this guide on all the must-have information before you land.
Visa Requirements for Expats in Taipei
If you’re planning on staying in Taipei for more than 90 days, you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter the country. Depending on your specific situation, there are several resident visas that you can apply for which will depend on the reason why you’re moving to Taiwan. To apply for your resident visa, you can check on the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in your country for the requirements.
Depending on the country you’re travelling from, you might be elegible for visa excemption programmes for stays of up to 90 days. Countries that are elegible for the visa exemption programme are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Island, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (until March 31, 2025), Norway, Palau, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Vatican City State.
The healthcare system in Taipei is considered one of the best as it’s both affordable and accessible. If you’re plannig on staying in Taipei long-term or are applying for residency, then you’ll be able to get the National Health Insurance. The National Health Insurance (NHI) covers most medical services, and the co-payments are low. With the NHI, you can visit any hospital or clinic that is part of the system and you’ll receive high-quality care. Additionally, you can also purchase private health insurance if you prefer to do so.
In the case of digital nomads, a private health insurance will be required for you to be able to attend a hospital or a clinic. Before you travel, make sure to review and compare different companies and packages to find one that covers everything you need. Some examples of companies for purchasing private health insurance are Cigna Global, Bupa Global and Allianz.
Where to Stay
Taipei has many plenty of areas that offer convenient location and great offer of activities to do, however, the Banqiao District is one of the best neighbourhoods to settle in. This area of the city is quite residential but still in close proximity to the city centre, it is also very well connected to some of the city’s most iconic attractions. In Banqiao, travellers can indulge in local culture thanks to the great offer of shops, restaurants, parks and markets, including the picturesque Nanya Night Market where you can explore different food stalls and other stores.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Banqiao, we recommend that you check Olala Lin Apartments. These accommodations are the perfect base for newcomers and offer amazing amenities, great location and comfortable spaces that were designed with remote workers in mind. Olala Lin Apartments features an office space that can be rented by hour and will make the ideal work location for professionals.
Where to Buy Groceries
For buying groceries, there’s no shortage of major supermarket chains and convenience stores, some of the most popular are 7-Eleven, Pxmart and FamilyMart. You can also find local markets that sell fresh produce and meats. But if you’re interested in diving into the local flavours, Taipei has an endless array of options. If you want to try traditional Taiwanese food, you can visit a night market such as Nanya Night Market in Banqiao District. Taipei has a rich night market culture and you can find these shopping spots all around the city.
Best Place to Work From
Taipei is highly regarded by remote workers and digital nomads for its relatively low cost of living and internet speed. Additionally there are many comfortable places like cafes to work from. At Olala Homes, we’ve partnered with The Happ to provide our guests with the best possible experience when it comes to working from remote locations. This coworking space offers travellers with all the amenities they’ll need for a comfortable work day, from water dispenser to TV and a projector.
How to Get Around in Taipei
Taipei has an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, trains and the metro (MRT). However, the MRT is the best option for newcomers as it’s both convenient and easy to navigate. The MRT runs from 6:00 to midnight, is well signalled and stops are announced in four languages. Metro passes include cover almost anything from single journey to 30-day ticket which can be a great option for new residents. Additionally , this is a great way to easily commute all around the city.
Taipei is the perfect place for remote workers and digital nomads who are seeking adventure, culture and a comfortable lifestyle. Whether you’re planning on staying in the city for a month or a year, this guide will help you to settle down in Taipei with ease. And when booking your accommodation in Taipei, don’t forget to check out Olala Homes. Our newly designed apartments offer all the comfort, care and convenience so that you feel right at home from the very beginning. So, what are you waiting for? Come and explore all that Taipei has to offer, you won’t be disappointed!