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[COVID-19] New System : How To Purchase Masks (April 6)
  • 작성일 : 2020-03-07
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  • 작성자 : BeFM


          EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 9, a limit on the number and frequency of mask purchases will be applied. Please NOTE the following information before visiting public sellers for masks.


1.     Purchase of masks will be limited to two masks per person per  a week.

2.     Purchases will be permitted on a specific day of the week, designated by the last digit of a person’s birth year. (ex) 1984 à 4








Last digit of birth year

1, 6

2, 7

3 , 8

4 , 9

5 , 0

Reserved for those who didn’t purchase masks during the weekday.
(Regardless of their birth year) 

ex) Born in 1984 -> 4: may buy masks on Thursdays.


3.     All buyers must present identification (resident registration card, driver’s license or passport). Stores will conduct purchase history checks in order to prevent multiple purchases.

Foreign nationals must present both their health insurance card and alien registration card. 

In order to purchase masks at pharmacies, foreign nationals who have Korean National Health Insurance coverage only need to present their Alien Registration Card (without the health insurance card).
However, at post offices or Nonghyup Hanaro Mart, you need to present your ID and health insurance card. 

The numbers of masks do not roll over to the following week. (i.e. you are not allowed to buy more than two masks per week regardless of the previous weeks’ purchases)


4.     Minors may buy masks in one of the following ways:

1) Present their passport OR student ID and the Household Register (Resident Register) in person on their designated day.

2) Visit with a legal guardian on the guardian’s designated day. Must present the guardian’s identification and the     Household Register. 

               5.  For children born in 2010 or  after  OR  those born in  1940 or before, their family members can purchase masks on their behalf if in possession of their Identification card and a certified copy of their resident registration.

                   The Food and Drug Safety Administration has expanded criteria for mask purchases through substitutes.
                   Purchase by substitutes allowed for: those born between 2002 and 2009, fifth grade through high school third year
                   legal ID of the legal substitute
                   copy of the resident registration / household registration (주민등록등본)
                   may make the purchase on the designated day of the children. 
                   Also purchase by proxy allowed for patients in senior hospitals, care centers and hospital patients.
For care center(요양시설) patients: purchase may only be done by staff members of the institution

                   For hospital patients :
Family members: ID, resident registration form, admission records issued by the hospital. 
                  -purchase on the designated day of the patient.  
                   Estimated 4.5 million people have been added to this list.  

    6.  Individuals with disabilities can purchase masks by proxy, who is in possession of their disability registration card. 

    7. Effective dates: (may vary by location)


Local Pharmacies

National Agricultural Cooperative Foundation (NongHyup) or Post Offices

Weekly two-mask purchase limit

Effective Monday, March 9

(individuals may buy two masks per day on Mar 7 and 8.

One mask per person per day
until the establishment of the integrated system   

Weekday designation based on the last digit of birth year.

Effective Monday, March 9

Effective upon the establishment of the integrated system

Drug Utilization Review (DUR) system

Effective Friday, March 6

Effective upon the establishment of the integrated system