Last call to order face masks online and avoid long queues!


TAIPEI (The China Post) — If you are planning to order face masks online, you should know that today is your last chance.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情中心) on Tuesday announced that more than 1 million people had successfully registered for purchasing face masks as of the press time.

Those who have successfully registered will receive face masks as long as the purchase remains stable before Wednesday, said Chief Commander Chen Shih-chung(陳時中) who added: “Basically the face mask supply will meet the demand.”

Initially, many users complained about being unable to link to the system when it first went online, but the problem has since been solved.

The CECC had previously estimated around 2.33 million people will register for face masks online, and said that if buyers exceed the allotted 2.33 million face masks, the government will draw lots to determine who can purchase the masks.

To pre-order face masks, you need to register your NHI number, obtain proper digital certification and download a specific app before being able to place an order.

Users will receive a text message on March 19 confirming their order and detailing the payment process.

After the online purchase is confirmed, face masks will be shipped to a convenience store near you from March 26 to April 1, according to the CECC.

You can pick up your face masks by showing your ID cards, NHI cards or licenses.