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Taiwan's airport customs seize 3,446 face masks from two Polish passengers

Christian Fernsby |
Taiwan's airport officials confiscated 3,446 surgical face masks from two Polish passengers last Sunday, the largest single seizure in the country by air travelers since export restrictions were placed on face masks due to Wuhan coronavirus, the Customs Administration said yesterday.

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The travelers were Polish nationals, who flew from the United States and transited through Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TTIA) on their way to Shanghai, China.

According to a customs official, there are two ways to transit through the airport, one is to simply remain in the airport's transit area during stopover to connect to your final destination, or enter immigration, claim your baggage and then check-in again at an airline counter to board the next flight.

The two Polish nationals chose the latter option, which subjected them to the face mask ban in Taiwan, the official said, noting that the men would have been exempted from this rule if they had chosen to have their luggage bonded by filling out a form at the customs counter after baggage claim.

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