Warnings and insurance
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides advice about risks of travel to help British nationals make informed decisions. Find out more about FCDO travel advice.
The UK does not recognise Taiwan as a state and has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan, so limited consular services are available to British nationals. Please refer to the British Office in Taipei for further information.
On Tuesday 9 January 2024 at 1520 local time, all mobile phones in Taiwan received a Presidential Alert in Mandarin and English. The English language version alerted to a “missile flyover”. The Ministry of National Defence have clarified that this alert was issued in connection with a satellite launched over Taiwanese airspace with a risk of falling debris. Reference to a missile was a mistranslation.
Before you travel
No travel can be guaranteed safe. Read all the advice in this guide as well as support for British nationals abroad which includes:
- advice on preparing for travel abroad and reducing risks
- information for women, LGBT+ and disabled travellers
If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance. Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency.