Europe Ends Mask Requirement for Flights and Airports

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued a joint document updating the COVID-19 guidance for travelers in airports and on aircraft.

From May 16, face masks will no longer be mandatory in air travel. However, mask rules will continue to vary by airline and country beyond that date. For instance, the governments of Italy and Spain have announced they will continue to require masks on airplanes and in airports until at least June 15.

The agencies recommend that vulnerable populations continue wearing face masks, noting that they provide some of the best protection against the transmission of COVID-19.

For further details, please consult the full text of the protocol.

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