As I’ve written before, getting a debit card can be a serious dilemma for long-term foreign residents in Taiwan. Today, I’m happy to write that I’ve found a work-around for one of my previous debit card needs.

Recharging a Skype account is doable, even if you initially funded the account with an international debit card and you no longer have access to one. Better yet, there’s a vendor of Skype credit in Taiwan that doesn’t require a national ID card number– Family Mart (全家).

Just go in, ask for a Skype kǎ and tell them how much you want it to be for. Instead of a physical card, they’ll print out a receipt with a PIN code near the top. Then go to the PChome Skype voucher redemption page, enter the code and you’re good to go!