Buy surgical mask online Singapore

Just bought this Dotafa (4-ply surgical mask made in Vietnam) mask from Qoo10.

The quality is good, with good thickness (see picture below). Delivery speed is fast as well (just 2 days using Qprime delivery). Only issue is the expensive price (around S$1 per mask), but that is the market rate nowadays…

The consensus is that made in Vietnam & made in Indonesia (3-ply or 4-ply) are the best options to get nowadays. This current batch may be the last batch since the respective countries are cracking down on the export of masks.



Photo of the “Dotafa” surgical mask (4-ply). There are other equivalent Vietnamese manufacturers as well on Qoo10.

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Where to buy surgical mask in Singapore

This is an update to the earlier post: Where to buy surgical mask Singapore.


  • Basically, surgical masks are totally sold out in pharmacies like Watsons, Guardian, Unity, etc. Hand sanitizers are still in stock though, if you are interested to buy.
  • Korean masks on Qoo10 are mostly out of stock.
  • Currently, Qoo10 carries mainly Indonesian and Vietnam surgical masks, market price is around S$50 per box of 50 masks, i.e. around S$1 per mask.

The below Qoo10 shop (local stock) carries masks made in Indonesia and Vietnam masks (3 ply), with certificates. Basically, according to the reviews, the masks are genuine, only issue is that it is quite pricey. Apparently, the high price is set by the mask manufacturers and suppliers, it is not entirely the fault of the Qoo10 sellers that the price is so high. (Basic economics: High demand + low supply = High price.)




Example of certificate for made-in-Indonesia mask:

[S$29.90](▼58%)⏰⚡ [SG Ready Stock 16 MAR] Surgical Mask 3ply ★ OneMed Sensi Masks ★ Ship within SG n to Overseas


According to the above Qoo10 seller, the current batches would be the last batches as Indonesia has crackdown on export of surgical mask. Vietnam has also banned export.

Where to buy surgical mask Singapore

You may first check out the nearest Guardian, Watsons or Unity near your place. Most likely, Guardian and Watsons are out of stock already, while Unity has a long queue. (I personally checked them out on 28 Jan near my place.)

Do check out the terms and conditions before joining the long queue at Unity. (They will put a poster in front of their store.) Apparently the queue at Unity is only for those who have pre-ordered masks beforehand!

The next best option is to buy online, specifically from Qoo10 since they have stock from Korea. I ordered these two listed below which are decently priced (some sellers are taking advantage of the situation to raise up the price). Korean masks are said to be higher quality and more comfortable to wear.

[S$35.00](▼37%)[IN STOCK!!]👍Good For Corona Virus👍Made in korea/psi/ n95/pm2.5/30pcs /health mask/delivery4~5


[S$19.99](▼64%)[surgical mask]Good for china pneumonia Kid / Aduilt Face Mask 1Set = 60Pcs / Surgical MASK / psi / n95 / pm2.5 /


Basically, the best type of mask is N95 but they are expensive. Surgical mask is cheaper and is said by experts to be good enough for preventing the Wuhan virus.

Where to buy surgical mask online

Due to overwhelming demand, even online sellers on Qoo10 are running out of stock. The next option is to buy US surgical masks from Amazon. The below are good options:

  • Barcley is the #1 Best Seller in the Medical Face Masks Category
  • Starryshine Lifeguard Masks are Medical Grade masks perfect for Surgical, Allergy, Dental, Cold, Flu & Germ. Alcohol Pads Included.

Barcley Disposable Sanitary Surgical Masks – Thick 3Ply Medical Mouth Masks with Comfortable Earloop – Pollen, Flu & Allergy Face Masks with High Bacteria Filtration (Blue)

50 pcs- (3-ply) Blue- Disposable Premium Earloop Face Masks – Medical Grade–Prefect for Surgical, Allergy, Dental, Cold, Flu Germ ect.— Alcohol Pads Included.

Where to buy N95 mask in Singapore

N95 masks are actually more powerful than surgical masks. The only downsides are that they are more expensive and also more uncomfortable to wear (over long periods of time). N95 masks are so named because they can block 95% of particles of size 0.3 micrometers. This is according to the US NIOSH air filtration rating.

Note that N95 masks can be reused as long as it “maintains its structural and functional integrity and the filter material is not physically damaged or soiled.”. The CDC (USA Centre of Disease Control) also recommends reuse of N95 masks to a certain extent (defined as “limited reuse”).

Since surgical masks are the top candidates for purchase, it is often the case that surgical masks are sold out first, while N95 masks may still be in stock. A top manufacturer of N95 masks is 3M, which is based in the US. Hence, purchasing N95 masks from Amazon is cost-effective in the sense that it is right from the source of the manufacturer (3M).

3M 8511 Respirator, N95, Cool Flow Valve (2-Pack)

3M Particulate Respirator 8210, N95, Smoke, Dust, Grinding, Sanding, Sawing, Sweeping, 20/Pack