These 14 countries maintain mask requirement on flights, despite Europe dropping mandate
Travelers to Austria, Portugal, Cyprus, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Malta, Estonia, Luxembourg, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, Latvia and Spain, whether traveling abroad or domestically, remain subject to wearing a face mask when reaching these destinations.
Although the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) recommended scrapping the mask requirement, which came into force yesterday May 16, the majority of EU countries have not followed suit, imposing the requirement for another indefinite period.
Specifically, an FFO2/N95/KN95 mask is generally required to reach these destinations, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Additionally, Spain continues to require travelers to wear a mask while traveling, with the country’s Health Minister Carolina Darians confirming the requirement. Another EU member state, widely known for its tourism, Italy, will also maintain the face mask requirement on planes until June 15.
The decision to postpone the lifting of the face mask requirement may also be affected by the threat of another wave of COVID-19, as the ECDC reclassified the Omicron VA.4 and BA.5 strains earlier this week. as worrying variants, considering that a number of COVID-19 cases with this strain have been detected in the 27-nation bloc, particularly in Portugal.
On the other hand, EASA earlier this week called for the lifting of the mask requirement for inbound and outbound travelers in the EU.
“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory on air travel in any case, broadly aligning with changing requirements from national authorities across Europe for public transport. “, Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), said of the mask requirement.
Since April, several airlines have lifted the mandatory face mask requirement, such as EasyJet, which requires no face coverings for travelers to Northern Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, the island Man, Switzerland, Iceland, Gibraltar, Iceland, Hungary, Poland and Jersey.
Jet2 has also abolished the face mask requirement for UK domestic flights, while Norwegian, despite lifting the restriction, advises passengers to check their destination country’s policies before travelling.
According to countries that have lifted their face covering requirement, Eastern European countries such as Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary, in addition to Croatia, Ireland, from the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom, no face mask is required to reach these destinations.
While Lithuania and Latvia keep the restriction in place, their neighboring country Estonia has lifted the requirement entirely.
Nordic countries such as Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden are also exempt from such requirements.