Registration

How much does it cost to attend INPUT2006?

The INPUT 2006 registration fees are as follows. Please also note that all fees are based on local currency (NTD).

Early Bird Rate

Regular Rate

Student Rate

NT$1250 (Approx. US$ 40)

NT$ 1600 (Approx. US$ 50)

NT$ 899 (Approx. US$ 30)

When is the Early Bird registration deadline?
The early-bird fee will be effective before March 20, 2006 (inclusive).
How do I make payment for the registration fee?
For international participants, we strongly recommend that you pay the registration fee by CREDIT CARD (VISA, MasterCard, JCB).
Can I cancel my registration and get a full refund?
Yes, you may certainly cancel your registration, but a cancellation administration fee will be charged. Cancellations of registration have to be made by e-mail to the INPUT 2006 Office at registration@mail.pts.org.tw before March 31, 2006 (inclusive) and will only receive a 50% refund of the registration fee. Cancellations made after April 1, 2006 will receive no refunds. Your r efund will be returned via your credit card after the conference. The bank service charge and the difference in exchange rate s will be deducted from your refund.
If I am unable to attend INPUT2006, can anyone replace me?
Yes, please let us know who will replace your registration before April 28, 2006 .
I forgot my ID and Password!
Please contact us directly at registration@mail.pts.org.tw
When will I receive my registration receipt?
Your receipt will be given on-site while you check-in.
I have not received my registration confirmation letter yet! What do I need to do?
Please contact us directly at registration@mail.pts.org.tw

Visa

Do I need to apply for a visa to enter Taiwan?

First, figure out how long you're coming for.. If you hold a passport from one of the following countries, you may enter Taiwan for thirty days without a visa: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. However, please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months.

For visa information, please visit our "Travel Information" at http://www.input2006.org. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact us directly at registration@mail.pts.org.tw .

What kind of documents do I need to apply for a visa?
For visa information, please visit our "Travel Information" at http://www.input2006.org/. If you cannot find an anwer to your question, please contact us directly at registration@mail.pts.org.tw
I need an official invitation letter to apply for a visa!
Our registration confirmation letter should be able to double as an invitation letter, however, if you need another format to apply for a visa, please contact us directly at registration@mail.pts.org.tw .
I am from mainland China and need assistance to apply for a visa. Where do I go?
For those whose nationality is mainland China, please contact us directly at registration@mail.pts.org.tw .

Travel in Taiwan

Where is Taiwan?
Eastern Asia, islands bordering the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the southeastern coast of China; Geographic coordinates: 23 30 N, 121 00 E.
How do I get to Taiwan?
CKS International Airport of Taiwan offers a large number of direct flights to and from major cities in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are 34 online airlines and 63 off-line airlines at CKS International Airport to provide transportation service for travelers. Additional information on CKS International Airport is available at: http://www.cksairport.gov.tw/english/schedule .
How is the climate there?
Taipei has a subtropical climate, with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F). Spring is from April to July, with average temperatures ranging from 23 to 25°C . For more information on Taiwan's climate, please refer to the website of the Central Weather Bureau at http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V4e/index.htm
What are the time zones in Taiwan?
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+0800).
There is no daylight saving time in Taiwan.
How do I get to Taipei from CKS International Airport?
The common methods of transporation to Taipei from CKS International Airport are by taxi or shuttle bus. For more transportation information, please visit the following website: http://www.cksairport.gov.tw/english/transportation .
What is the fastest way to downtown Taipei from the CKS International Airport?
The fastest way to Taipei from CKS International Airport is by taking a taxi or contact your hotel for pick-up service.
What is the cheapest way to downtown Taipei from CKS International Airport?
The cheapest way to Taipei from CKS international airport is by taking the shuttle buses.
Where can I find the Taipei MRT(Subway/Metro) route map?

For Taipei MRT route map, please check out the following linkage for your reference. http://home.trtc.com.tw/EINFO/eroutehome.asp .For more information about Taipei MRT system, please visit the website of Taipei Rapid Transportation Corporation at http://home.trtc.com.tw/EHOME/default.asp .

:How to take the subway?
MRT(Subway/Metro) stations are located at different locations around the city depending upon the place you stay. When you enter the MRT, there should be large map on the wall just above any ticket vending machine showing different lines and locations of the stops along the lines. If you want to come to the INPUT 2006 Main Venue, please check the map to find Taipei City Hall station (Bannan Line) first and make sure you are heading in the right direction of the line. And you can always transfer at Taipei Main Station and other major transfer stations to reach your destination. For Further information, please visit MRT's website.
How much can I expect for a daily expense in Taipei?
In general, NT$800~NT$1200 (about US$25~US$40) is enough for meals and transportation (Metro & Bus).
1USD= 0.83 EURO(est.) 33.36 TWD(est.)
1 EURO= 1.20 USD (est.) 40.12 TWD (est.)
1 TWD(NTD)= 0.02EURO(est.) 0.03USD(est.)
Do all kinds of credit cards work in Taiwan?
Visa cards and Mastercards are the most popular ones in Taiwan and are accepted by most AMT machines and shops. However, only certain AMT machines and shops in Taipei accept American Express cards. Eurocards and Carte Blue do not work in Taiwan.
Is the tap water drinkable in Taiwan?

No, it's not drinkable.

Accommodation

What should I note before booking accommodation?
Before making a reservation, please make sure you have read and agreed to the hotel's reservation and cancellation policy which is posted on our accommodation web page.
Should I provide credit card information to a hotel to guarantee my reservation?
Yes, credit card information is requir ed for reservation guarantee.
Who should I contact with if I need to change or cancel my hotel reservation?
Please contact your hotel's reservation department directly.
I have not received my reservation confirmation letter from hotel!
Please contact your hotel's reservation department directly.

Other

Can I access the Internet in the conference venue?

Yes, TICC (the conference venue) has fitted the conference hall with wireless Internet connection for your convenience . Please make sure your laptop is able to access a wireless service in advance. Moreover, INPUT 2006 will also setup an Internet café area
on-site.

Where and how can I get a discount air ticket to attend INPUT 2006?

We have reached an agreement with China Airlines already. Please print out and present our official invitation letter to China Airlines' branch office and they will provide a special rate for INPUT 2006 participants. If their office is not familiar with the agreement, please ask them to contact their head office for detailed information.

Both the invitation letter and China Airlines' branch office information can be found on our website.
Where can I find free toilets?
You can find free toilets in the following locations:

1.Gas Stations
2.Metro(MRT) Stations
3.Train/Bus Stations
4.Fast Food Restaurants
5.Museums
6.Shopping Malls/ Department Stores
7.Big City Parks
(Not all toilets provide toilet paper. Please always bring some toilet tissue with you.)
Do you have English street name signs?
In Taipei, yes. But do not be surprised if you find a street carries several versions of the English spelling. Thus, please pronounce it first. If it sounds similar to that written on your map, it could mean that it's the one that you are looking for.