Photo: Tourism Bureau, MOTC.
Starting 1 May 2023, tourists visiting Taiwan stand to receive vouchers loaded with a value of NTD5,000. The rewards will be available to individual travellers, while travel agencies can receive subsidies worth NTD10,000 - 20,000 for groups coming to Taiwan.
Travellers entering Taiwan with a foreign passport and staying there for at least three days up to 90 days are eligible for the scheme. Half of the 500,000 vouchers available are given out this year with the entire scheme running through until 2025. Tourists must register online in advance on the designated website which will go live on 1 May 2023.
The scheme is part of Taiwan's government’s NTD5.3 billion plan to attract around six million overseas travellers this year. They hope it will help the tourism sector and the pandemic-stricken economy recover. The incentive also encourages local spending following COVID-19 curbs.
The vouchers will be available through a lucky draw upon arrival at one of the four airports in Taiwan. They are Taoyuan International Airport, Songshan Airport, Taichung International Airport, and Kaohsiung International Airport.
How do I register for and redeem the vouchers?
Campaign website: https://5000.taiwan.net.tw/
Lucky winners will be able to choose how to spend the vouchers including accommodation or stored value payment cards such as iPass or EasyCard. Those who choose the latter can only pay vendors who accept the cards. Each payment is limited to NTD 1,500 and daily spending is capped at NTD 3,000. Meanwhile, those who prefer to use it for accommodation will receive five vouchers each valued at NTD 1,000.
The vouchers can only be used by the winners and are not up for sale to others. Hotels will also not be able to refund any price difference if the accommodation cost is less than the voucher value. Next year, 1500,000 vouchers will be given out followed by 100,000 recipients in 2025.
1. You have to complete the lucky draw and prize redemption on the same day that you land in the country.
2. Website registration starts on 28 April 28 from 12 noon, while the lucky draw starts on 1 May for flights arriving on or after noon.