在台外籍人士都能購買口罩!| All foreigners in Taiwan can buy masks: health officials

Foreign tourists, students, and others on various types of visas are allowed to buy masks at pharmacies once the incoming mask policy goes into effect tomorrow(NOWnews)
Foreign tourists, students, and others on various types of visas are allowed to buy masks at pharmacies once the incoming mask policy goes into effect tomorrow(NOWnews)

【看英文中國郵報學英文】週三衛福部健保署表示,口罩實名制週四正式上路,持有任何簽證的外國遊客、學生都可以在全台健保特約藥局購買口罩。

Foreign tourists, students, and others on various types of visas are allowed to buy masks at pharmacies once the incoming mask policy goes into effect tomorrow, the National Health Insurance (NHI) said on Wednesday.

這與中央社稍早前對於未持健保卡外籍人士將無法在台灣購買口罩的消息報導相抵觸。

The comment contradicts an earlier report from the state-run Central News Agency (CNA) saying that foreign nationals without NHI cards would be left out of the mask rationing plan.

負責實施口罩實名制的健保署人員林右鈞週三上午告訴The China Post,未持有健保卡的外國人可以出示護照在各大指定藥局購買口罩。

The NHI official in charge of the implementation of the new mask policy, Lin Yo-chun (林右鈞) told The China Post earlier today that foreigners who don’t have a NHI card can purchase masks at designated pharmacies with their passports. 

健保署官員張鈺旋向The China Post解釋她從未表示外籍人士不能購買口罩,但是他們的確需要出示不同證件才能購入。

To clarify, another NHI official, Chang You-hsuan (張鈺旋) told The China Post that she never said foreigners are not entitled to masks, but they require different identification from those who have NHI cards.

張鈺旋表示,遊客、外交官員或其他以工作簽證來台的外籍人士也必須憑護照購買口罩。

Tourists, diplomats, or other non-Taiwanese nationals visiting on a business visa should bring their passports, Chang said.

張鈺旋說道,持有健保卡的在台外國人士,通常也持有外僑居留證、永久居留證,則應該使用健保卡來購買口罩。

Foreign residents who have health insurance, usually those who hold an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or an Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) should still use their health insurance card to purchase masks, Chang said.

在台居留但仍在等健保卡核發者和陸配皆應攜帶居留證和出入境許可證。

Those who have residency but health insurance coverage are pending, or foreign spouses from China should bring their resident certificate or exit/entry permits.

中央流行疫情指揮中心指出,週四開始,在台民眾可至健保特約藥局購買口罩,一個禮拜每人限買兩片。

Starting Thursday, people in Taiwan will only be allowed to buy two face masks per week at NHI contracted pharmacies, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心).

中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中表示,每人最多僅能幫一位親友購買口罩,購買時必須攜帶自己本人以及親友的健保卡。

CECC Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said that everyone is allowed to purchase for maximum one friend or family member as long as they bring their national health insurance cards along with their own.

為了分散人潮,民眾必須根據身分證、居留證或是護照末碼奇偶數來決定購買日期。

In order to avoid long queues, residents should go to pharmacies according to the last digit of their ID number, residency number, or passport number.

若身分證字號尾數為單數者可於週一、週三、週五購買;身分證字號尾數為雙數者,則可在週二、週四、週六購買;週日不設限。

If the latter ends in an odd number, you are eligible to buy masks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; even numbers should go on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Sundays are open to all.

部長表示,每個口罩價格調降1元新台幣(約0.33美金),從每個6元(約0.2美金)降至5元(約0.16美金),民眾必須出示健保卡購買口罩。

The flat fee per piece will drop by NT$1 (US$0.33) from NT$6 (US$0.2) to NT$5 (US$0.16), and locals will need to show their health insurance card to make a purchase, the minister added.