Surgical masks on sale at Taiwan airport duty-free shops

Masks will be available for inbound passengers and cost NT$50 or US$2 for 3 masks

  Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/21
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Duty-free shops at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.  (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Having caught up with an upsurge in local demand for surgical masks due to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CECC) announced on Friday (March 20) it would make masks available at airports.

Working together, the government and local mask manufacturers are now churning out 10 million masks a day. This is a huge leap from the 1.88 million units three months ago.

The CECC said masks will be available at all duty-free shops at the country's five international airports from Saturday (March 21) and each inbound passenger can buy one pack of three adult-size or five child-size masks for NT$50 or US$2. A boarding pass, passport, or equivalent travel documents are required to make the purchase.

Purchases for both Taiwanese and foreigners will be recorded in the country's National Health Insurance system and is subject to the rationing policy of every Taiwanese and Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) holder buying three adult-size or five child-size masks per week. Each unit costs just NT$5 (US$0.17), regardless of the size.    [FULL  ST-ORY]

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