Taiwan Customs removes restrictions on masks bought overseas

News: Taiwan Customs to be lenient with passengers bringing in masks from abroad in wake of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak


From the Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance:

“Due to the shortage of surgical masks and N95 respirators in Taiwan, many citizens are buying masks overseas and bringing them back on their return flights. On Sunday evening, Customs Administration Deputy Director General Peng Ying-wei (彭英偉) announced that orders had been issued to all Customs officers to be permissive with passengers arriving with large amounts of facemasks and to not impose any restrictions, reported CNA.


Due to the urgent demand for masks, Peng said that all passengers carrying masks, whether medical or non-medical, will be treated more leniently by Customs officers. He said that such passengers can now pass through Customs smoothly without applying with the MOHW in advance. “



Maximum quantities per passenger according to the Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance:

Restriction Duration: Feb 6 – April 30:

Max. Qty. Per Passengers:

Surgical mask: 1,000 pcs

Electronic thermometer: 3 pcs

Alcohol Pads: 1,000 pcs

Lens filters for ear thermometer: 1,000 pcs  


Posted by

Ms. Janet Chen

Division of International and Cross-Strait Services

Office of International Affairs, NCTU