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Airlines and Airports are Scrapping Mask Requirements

After many Scandinavian airlines had already abolished the mask requirement on regional flights (within Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) last year and the British Jet2 also followed suit at the beginning of this month, there are now other airlines taking a similar approach.

In the US, federal mask mandates on domestic flights have been extended until April 18th, 2022, but below we have compiled international airlines that are now not requiring masks when traveling within the UK, Scandinavia, and some parts of Europe.

Published by
Tobi·9/19/2023
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Paris airports

Masks are no longer compulsory at the two Paris airports "Charles de Gaulle" and "Orly". (Source: Paris Airports Twitter account)

London Heathrow

At the London hub, wearing masks is now only recommended, but no longer mandatory. (Source: Airport Twitter account)

Airports in the Netherlands

From March 23, masks are compulsory from the security check. (Source: NOS.nl)

KLM, Transavia, Corendon, TUI Netherlands

Officially, the mask requirement still applies here, but the Dutch airlines have announced that they will no longer check compliance from March 23rd. (Source: nhnieuws.nl)

VirginAtlantic

The British airline is gradually abolishing the mask requirement on the plane, depending on which destination countries it is still mandatory in. This will initially apply to flights from Heathrow and Manchester to the Caribbean. Masks are still required on several flights though, including ones to or in the direction of the USA. However, it could be lifted on April 18th. (Source: press release)

British Airways

Here as well, the mask requirement on flights now only applies to routes where the destination country has a mandate (e.g. USA, China, India, Iceland, Norway, and South Africa). (Source: press release)

UPDATE: British Airways has announced at short notice that it will postpone the abolition.

TUI Airways (UK)

The wearing of masks has not been compulsory on flights to/from England and Northern Ireland for a few days. Exception: flights to the USA and Italy. (Source: Nottingham Post)