2017 IEEE Conference on
Dependable and Secure Computing

Taipei • Taiwan | August 7—10, 2017

Venue and Location

DSC 2017 will be held in Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel [website] on August 7 – 10, 2017. If you plan to accommodate in the same hotel, you may book it online here. There are also close by alternatives. You may also have a look at the "Accommodation" section.


Get to the Venue

Get to the venue from ...

  • Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
  • Taipei SongShan Airport (TSA)
  • Taipei Main Station (a.k.a Taipei Railway Station)
  • Technology Building Station (MRT) — by walk

From Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

  1. Hotel limousine

    You may book a limousine pick-up by providing your flight details and estimated time of arrival when booking online. The average travel time is approximately 45 minutes from and to Taoyuan International Airport. Please make your booking at least half a day in advance.

    Hotel limousine charges: BMW 730 LD (NTD $2900); 7-seat Minivan (NTD $3500).

  2. Taxi

    The travel time is approximately 50 minutes. However, if it is during rush hour, the travel time may take up to 90 minutes. The estimated taxi fare is about NTD 1,250 (about USD 38).

    Taxi stop location: Taxi stops can be found outside the Arrival Halls of both terminals, at the west side.

  3. Airport Shuttle Bus

    CitiAir Bus (#1960) departs every 20 minutes. The Air Bus travel time is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. The fare is NTD 145 (about USD 4.50). The bus stop for the hotel is located right outside the hotel, by the corner of Tun Hwa South Road.

    Bus stop locations:
    Terminal I: On the north side of the Departure Hall.
    Terminal II: On the southeast side of the Arrival Passenger Reception Area facing the terminal.

  4. Metro Taipei (MRT)

    Proceed to Terminal 1 Station or Terminal 2 Station and take the express train (A12 or A13) heading to Taipei. Alight at the Taipei main station (A1/BL12) and change to MRT Bannan line (Blue line) heading Nangang. Alight at Zhongxiao Fuxing (BL15/BR10) and change to MRT Wenhu Line (Brown line) heading Taipei Zoo. The nearest Metro station to the hotel (estimate 10 mins walking distance) is the Technology Building Station (BR08) on the MRT Wenhu Line (Brown line).

    For the walk directions from Technology Building Station to the conference venue, please have a look at here.

From Taipei SongShan Airport (TSA)

  1. Hotel limousine

    You may book a limousine pick-up by providing your flight details and estimated time of arrival when booking online. For those not staying at Shangri-La Hotel, you can also book a limousine pick-up by sending an email to "guestservices.tpe@shangri-la.com" along with your flight details and estimated time of arrival. The travel time is 20 minutes from and to Taipei Songshan Airport. Please make your booking at least half a day in advance.

    Hotel limousine charges: BMW 730 LD (NTD $1800); 7-seat Minivan (NTD $1800).

  2. Taxi

    The travel time is approximately 15 minutes. However, if it is during rush hour, the travel time may take up to 30 minutes. The estimated taxi fare is about NTD 195 (about USD 7).

    Taxi stop location: Taxi stops can be found outside the Arrival Halls.

  3. Metro Taipei (MRT)

    Proceed to the airport MRT station (BR13) and take the MRT Wenhu Line (Brown line) heading Taipei Zoo. The nearest Metro station to the hotel (estimate 10 mins walking distance) is the Technology Building Station (BR08) on the MRT Wenhu Line (Brown line).

    For the walk directions from Technology Building Station to the conference venue, please have a look at here.

From Taipei Main Station (a.k.a Taipei Railway Station)

  1. Taxi

    The travel time is approximately 20 minutes. However, if it is during rush hour, the travel time may take up to 40 minutes. The taxi fare is about NTD 210 (about USD 7).

    Taxi stop location: Taxi stops can be found outside the Lobby of the station, at the east side.

  2. Metro Taipei (MRT)

    Take the MRT Bannan line (Blue line) heading Nangang. Alight at Zhongxiao Fuxing (BL15/BR10) and change to MRT Wenhu Line (Brown line) heading Taipei Zoo. The nearest Metro station to the hotel (estimate 10 mins walking distance) is the Technology Building Station (BR08) on the MRT Wenhu Line (Brown line).

    For the walk directions from Technology Building Station to the conference venue, please have a look at here.

From Technology Building Station (MRT) &mdash by walk


Accommodation

HotelRatingEst. PriceDistance
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel ★★★★★ Double Room NT$6,480 / US$205
[book]
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Howard Taipei ★★★★★ Double Room NT$5,300 / US$167 2.2 km
Grand Hyatt Taipei Hotel ★★★★★ Double Room NT$7,800 / US$245 2.3 km
Howard Civil Service International House ★★★★★ Single Room NT$3,080 / US$96
Double Room NT$6,380 / US$199
2.5 km
San Want Hotel Taipei ★★★★ Double Room NT$3,000 / US$94 2.7 km
Home hotel ★★★☆ Double Room NT$7,000 / US$220 2.9 km
JustSleep @ NTU ★★★ Double Room NT$4,200 / US$132 3.2 km
Humble House ★★★★ Double Room NT$6,500 / US$204 3.5 km
Cosmos Hotel Taipei ★★★★ Double Room NT$6,000 / US$188 5.5 km
Courtyard Taipei ★★★★★ Single Room NT$5,400 / US$170
Double Room NT$6,000 / US$189
+5% tax +10% service charge
9.2 km
City Lake Hotel ★★★★ Double Room NT$3,500 / US$110 10.2 km
Forward Hotel Nangang ★★★ Double Room NT$2,500 / US$79 10.7 km


About Taiwan

The Heart of Asia

Taiwan is an island of approximately 36,000 square kilometers, about the size of the Netherlands. It is situated southwest of Japan, north of the Philippines, and about 180 kilometers off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The ROC’s territory consists of Taiwan proper, as well as Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu and other minor islands.

Climate Subtropical (mean temperature 18 C in winter, 28 C in summer). Check the current conditions and latest weather forecast at the Central Weather Bureau.
Capital Taipei City
Other major cities New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung
Official language Mandarin
National currency New Taiwan Dollar (NT$ or TWD)
Time zone UTC +8 Hours
Country calling 886
Electricity AC 110V/60Hz

Local Attractions in Taipei

Information source: taipeitravel.net


Taipei 101 Mall


Xinbeitou Hot Spring Area


Yangmingshan Hot Spring Area


National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall


National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall


National Palace Museum


Taipei Zoo


Shilin Night Market


Longshan Temple


Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf


Miniatures Museum of Taiwan


Xiangshan Hiking Trail


Visa

A. VISA-Exempt Entry

Foreign Nationals Eligible For Visa-Exempt Entry

  1. Nationals of the following countries are eligible for the visa exemption program, with a duration of stay of up to 90 days: Andorra, Australia (effective from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2016), Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA, Vatican City State.
  2. Nationals of the following countries are eligible for the visa exemption program, with a duration of stay of up to 30 days: Malaysia, Singapore.
  3. Nationals of the following countries—except those holding diplomatic or official/service passports—are eligible for the visa exemption program, with a duration of stay of up to 30 days: Brunei (effective from August 1, 2016, to July 31, 2017), Thailand (effective from August 1, 2016, to July 31, 2017).

Requirements

  1. Passport with remaining validity of at least six months as of the date of entry

    • Visa-exempt entry only applies to foreign visitors holding formal passports (i.e., ordinary, official/service and diplomatic passports). Those holding emergency, temporary, or other informal passports or travel documents are not eligible.
    • Japanese nationals whose passport has remaining validity of more than three months are eligible for visa-exempt entry.
    • US passport holders—including those holding emergency passports—whose passport is valid for the intended period of stay are eligible for visa-exempt entry.
  2. Confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure

  3. Not determined by immigration officers at ports of entry in the ROC to be otherwise inadmissible

Duration of Stay

  1. The duration of stay starts from the day after arrival and is not extendable. Foreign visitors must depart by the end of the said duration. Please click here for information on penalties for overstay.
  2. Visa-exempt entry cannot be converted to visa-based stay, unless any of the following applies:
    1. Foreign nationals entering the ROC through visa exemption may only apply for conversion to a visitor visa within the permitted duration of stay at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or MOFA branch offices in the event of situations that prevent them from leaving the ROC, such as severe acute illness, natural disaster, or other force majeure reason. In addition, white-collar professionals who have obtained a work permit within their permitted duration of stay may apply for a work visa together with their spouse and minors (under age 20) who entered the ROC at the same time.
    2. For Canadian and UK passport holders, please refer to the Notice for British & Canadian Passport Holders Who Enter Taiwan Visa-Free and Apply for an Extension of Stay.(pdf file)

Ports of Entry

  • Chiayi Airport, Tainan Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport
  • Hualien Airport
  • Kinmen Airport
  • Magong Airport
  • Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung Airport
  • Taitung Airport
  • Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
  • Fu’ao Harbor
  • Hualien Harbor
  • Kaohsiung Harbor
  • Keelung Harbor
  • Shuitou Harbor
  • Taichung Harbor
  • Taipei Harbor

Nationals who have entered Taiwan visa-free for purposes that do not require a permit—such as tourism, visiting friends or relatives, social visits, conducting business, attending exhibitions, fact-finding missions, and international exchanges—who then intend to engage in activities that, according to the laws and regulations of relevant agencies, do require a permit must still obtain such a permit.

Remarks

  1. According to Article 14 of the Regulations for Exit of Draftees, a draftee having maintained his household registration in Taiwan shall enter into and depart from Taiwan by presenting his ROC passport; any draftee duly subject to conscription entering into Taiwan by presenting a foreign passport shall be restricted from departing from Taiwan.
  2. Before arriving in Taiwan, please complete an online immigration arrival card on the website of the National Immigration Agency.

Go here for any information about VISA EXEMPT entry.

B. General Information on eVisa Application

Eligibility

  1. Nationals of the following countries are eligible for an eVisa when they meet relevant criteria:Bahrain, Belize, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Kuwait, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Montenegro, Nauru, Nicaragua, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Turkey, Tuvalu, and United Arab Emirates.
  2. Furthermore, foreign nationals who have been invited to attend international conferences, sporting events, trade fairs or other activities in Taiwan—organized, co-organized, or sponsored by central government agencies—are also eligible for an eVisa. Such foreign nationals must obtain an Ecode from the host organization in Taiwan (n.b., not the Bureau of Consular Affairs) prior to submitting an online application for an eVisa.
  3. Foreign nationals who intend to travel to Taiwan but are not eligible for an eVisa must fill in a form under General Visa Applications on the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs and submit this application form to an ROC overseas mission.

Requirements & Procedures

  1. eVisa applicants must possess an ordinary, official, or diplomatic passport with validity of at least six months as of the date of intended entry into Taiwan.
  2. To obtain an eVisa, applicants must submit relevant personal information and pay the required fee by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) online. ROC overseas missions may, depending on the applicant’s nationality and purpose of visit, request through email that the applicant submit additional documents within a specific timeframe. If these documents are not submitted by the given deadline, the application may be denied.
  3. When an eVisa application has been approved, the applicant will receive a notice by email containing a webpage link to download and print the eVisa. The eVisa holder is required to present a paper copy of the eVisa at the immigration checkpoint for verification by the National Immigration Agency upon arrival in Taiwan. However, immigration officers at ports of entry in Taiwan have the right to deny entry to eVisa holders without providing further explanation.

Purposes of Visit

Please note that eVisas are only granted for tourism and business purposes, as well as for visiting relatives and attending international conferences or sporting events in Taiwan. If you intend to travel to Taiwan for other purposes – such as employment, study, residence with family, or Mandarin language courses – you must submit an application for a suitable type of visa at an ROC overseas mission.

Validity & Duration of Stay

The validity of an eVisa is three months starting from the issue date. The eVisa is a single-entry visa, and the maximum duration of stay in Taiwan is 30 days, which cannot be extended and converted to other types of visas.

For more information, please visit this page. And here for applying eVisa directly.

C. Other information about VISA

Please contact your travel agent or local consular, or visit
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (TAIWAN)


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