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Foreign Exchange Guide to Taiwan

Read this currency guide to Taiwan with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/TWD=30.7585]

Taiwan
Country Code:
TW
Domestic Currency:
New Taiwan Dollar
Symbol - Code:
NT$ TWD
Telephone Prefix:
+886

This is a foreign exchange guide to Taiwan, the New Taiwan Dollar currency plus TWD transfers and travel tips.


In this Taiwan currency guide we take a look at :

  1. New Taiwan Dollar info - general info about the New Taiwan Dollar
  2. New Taiwan Dollar in the markets - recent TWD moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Taiwan - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying New Taiwan Dollar cash online - travel money for Taiwan
  5. Sending money to Taiwan - save on New Taiwan Dollar bank transfers to Taiwan
  6. New Taiwan Dollar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

New Taiwan Dollar (TWD) general currency information


What is the New Taiwan Dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the New Taiwan Dollar is TWD and the symbol is NT$.


Which countries use the New Taiwan Dollar?

It is the domestic currency in Taiwan.

One Taiwan dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Conveniently, when shopping in Taiwan, cents are rarely needed because virtually all products sold in the country are priced in whole dollars.

The official name of Taiwan’s currency is the ‘New Taiwan Dollar’, although the prefix ‘New’, which distinguishes the current currency from the original Taiwan dollar used in and prior to 1949, is used only in very formal settings, such as in legal contracts.

Taiwan’s central bank, the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan), operate a flexible exchange rate system, which means that the Taiwan dollar’s valuation is, for the most part, determined by market forces. The bank’s policy does state, however, that they will intervene in foreign exchange markets “when the market is disrupted by seasonal or irregular factors.”

Historically, the US dollar to Taiwan dollar exchange rate has met strong resistance at 35.0. Several times since the late 1990s USD/TWD has reached close to, or slightly breached, the 35.0 level, but each time the rate has reversed strongly.

Since 1990, the Taiwan dollar’s absolute lowest valuation came in March 2009 when USD/TWD reached 35.24. The currency was strongest in July 1992 when USD/TWD fell to just 24.50.


New Taiwan Dollar (TWD) in the markets

Midway through August, against the US dollar, the Taiwan dollar was sitting on a year-to-date loss of 3.1 percent, at 30.64 per USD, and it was virtually unchanged on the year versus the euro, at 35.47 per EUR.

In the month prior to this report, the rate of growth in Taiwanese industrial production had fallen sharply and this, according to some analysts, suggested that manufacturers were wary of holding inventory during a period of trade conflict between the US and China.

In late July, ING forecast USD/TWD at 30.6 at year-end. Although the forecast exchange rate represented no change on rates at the time of writing, for ING it represented a big downward revision in TWD expectations. A twelve-month USD/TWD forecast of 31.7 was offered by the team at TradingEconomics.com.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to TWD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-TWD 3 Month chart
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USDTWD currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Taiwan

 

Taiwan has two major cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung, and getting around them is easy due to their 'Mass Rapid Transit' (MRT) metro systems. They are reliable, efficient, and comfortable. All signs and ticket machines are in English, as are many signs in the stations which show directions to nearby sights. The are many signs also showing bus transfer routes.You can use the metro systems websites for excellent information and maps.

Taiwan is a popular destination for foodies with a bustling street food culture. Taiwan is also full of little neighbourhood coffee espresso bars with their own micro-roasters many of which are very good.

As in most countries normal street vendors or night markets won't accept cards. So be sure to get some cash at the airport. It is usually possible to exchange major currencies into TWD at banks in Taiwan, many hotels and department stores do as well but usually at a worse rate. So you usually don't need to worry about how to exchange money.

When leaving Taiwan keep in mind that not all bank elsewhere in the world will exchange TWD, so if you don't want to get stuck with lots of useless TWD bills when you leave be sure to exchange your TWD into other currencies before leaving the airport.

Getting around Taiwan, if you want to budget then bus. The bus network runs 24 hours a day and offer comfortable routes between most cities.Baby did that

The currency in Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD or NT/NTD). It is the only currency that can be used in Taiwan, all others will not be accepted except in some duty-free shops.

Something to warned about is that most credits cards are often not accepted and many places in Taiwan. By a rule unless the place you are trying to use you card is an international chain or a very large restaurant or store, cards won't be accepted. Those that do will charge a 10% fee.

Taiwan also has a high speed bullet train, one of the fastest in the world, between Taipei and Kaohsiung which travels at 300 km/hour. Other trains go most places, cities and villages, and offer a convenient and comfortable journey. Flights are available but considering how efficient and cheaper the train system is, to some the extra price may seem unnecessary, Unless of course you are going to one of the islands.

 

Travel money for Taiwan

 

Save money and time by Ordering your New Taiwan Dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the TWD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in New Taiwan Dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

   

Taiwan Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare TWD travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Taiwan
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Taiwan

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Taiwan you need to start with finding out the latest New Taiwan Dollar foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Are there limits on foreigners buying property in Taiwan?

There are no special limits on foreigners, except for Chinese, buying property in Taiwan.

Foreigners and foreign companies who purchased property after the beginning of 2016 will have to pay extra taxes on any profit when they sell. This tax will vary depending on the length of ownership.

What you can buy for...

US$500,000: Old apartment, no lift or parking.

US$1,000,000: New apartment, lift plus parking, roughly 90-110 sqm

US$5,000,000: High-end residential apartment 300-400sqm


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Taiwan

When sending money to Taiwan it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or New Taiwan Dollar amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted TWD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Taiwan.

Use our Send to TWD calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more New Taiwan Dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

   

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Major TWD cross rates


TWD/USD - New Taiwan Dollar to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20180.03241 Week
17 Aug 20180.03251 Month
20 Mar 20180.03436 Months
16 Sep 20170.03331 Year
16 Sep 20160.03162 Years
17 Sep 20130.03375 Years
18 Sep 20080.031010 Years

TWD/EUR - New Taiwan Dollar to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20180.02811 Week
17 Aug 20180.02841 Month
20 Mar 20180.02806 Months
16 Sep 20170.02781 Year
16 Sep 20160.02832 Years
17 Sep 20130.02535 Years
18 Sep 20080.021610 Years

TWD/GBP - New Taiwan Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20180.02511 Week
17 Aug 20180.02551 Month
20 Mar 20180.02456 Months
16 Sep 20170.02451 Year
16 Sep 20160.02432 Years
17 Sep 20130.02125 Years
18 Sep 20080.017110 Years

TWD/JPY - New Taiwan Dollar to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20183.59921 Week
17 Aug 20183.59651 Month
20 Mar 20183.65146 Months
16 Sep 20173.68691 Year
16 Sep 20163.22922 Years
17 Sep 20133.34555 Years
18 Sep 20083.260810 Years

TWD/AUD - New Taiwan Dollar to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20180.04561 Week
17 Aug 20180.04451 Month
20 Mar 20180.04466 Months
16 Sep 20170.04161 Year
16 Sep 20160.04212 Years
17 Sep 20130.03615 Years
18 Sep 20080.038710 Years

TWD/CAD - New Taiwan Dollar to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Sep 20180.04271 Week
17 Aug 20180.04251 Month
20 Mar 20180.04486 Months
16 Sep 20170.04061 Year
16 Sep 20160.04172 Years
17 Sep 20130.03485 Years
18 Sep 20080.033110 Years