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Taiwanese can send face masks to overseas relatives starting Thursday

ROC Central News Agency

04/08/2020 12:46 PM

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) Taiwanese nationals will be able to send up to 30 face masks every two months to their spouse or close overseas relatives starting Thursday.

As part of an easing of restrictions on mask purchases announced by the government on March 30, Taiwanese citizens will be allowed to send up to 30 adult masks at a time during a two-month period to their first or second-degree relatives living in foreign countries.

Each individual in Taiwan is limited to sending a maximum of 30 face masks at a time through Chunghwa Post or by express delivery services, while every Taiwanese living abroad can receive a maximum of 30 masks every two months, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Wednesday.

That means, for example, if one parent sends the maximum 30 masks to a child living overseas during the two-month period, the other parent or other relatives cannot send masks to the same child during that time, the ministry said.

A digital permit must be presented when the masks are to be sent and can be obtained by applying online starting at 9 a.m. Thursday on MOEA's Bureau of Foreign Trade website at https://emaskep.trade.gov.tw or by fax or by visiting the bureau.

First degree relatives include an individual's parents, offspring, and siblings, while second-degree relatives include an individual's grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and half-siblings.

(By Tsai Peng-min and Evelyn Kao)

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