Vaccinations & special considerations

General health measures for Taiwan

Vaccinations & special considerations

As with any foreign country you need to be aware of general health and safety advice before you visit. It is advisable to see your doctor at least six weeks before you plan on going to Taiwan.


There are no mandatory vaccines for moving to Taiwan unless you come from a country where yellow fever and cholera are endemic. 

Recommended vaccines are:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Flu
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • MMR vaccine

Other considerations

There are conflicting reports as to whether the tap water is safe to drink in Taiwan. The general rule is you should boil all tap water for at least three minutes before drinking. Many expats choose to buy bottled water, but make sure you buy a trusted brand. There are also public fountains with safe water found in most large cities, you can use these to refill your water bottles.

Milk should be boiled as well since it is unpasteurised, and you should eat only well-cooked meat and fish and cook everything, including vegetables. Hepatitis A and B are very common so take steps to avoid them at all cost.

If you are moving to the south of the island, bring plenty of mosquito repellent because there has been a rise in dengue fever infections in recent years. The air quality can be very poor, especially in Taiwan’s large cities. If you suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems consider wearing a face mask on the hazy days.

For food safety and general health information about Taiwan see the Department of Health website .

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