Latest Covid face mask rules for Portugal, Spain, Greece and other holiday hotspots

WHILE holidays abroad are officially back, some countries may still have restrictions in place that differ from those in the UK.

Holidaymakers planning to travel this summer should be aware of the Covid rules in their destinations, including face masks, before they travel.

Masks are still compulsory in some countries


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Face coverings are still mandatory in countries like Greece, Cyprus and Malta – and you could risk a £250 fine.

We explain the latest mask rules for Popular Holiday Hotspots you should know this before your trip this summer.


In Greece, wearing a mask is mandatory in all indoor public spaces.

In certain areas, such as supermarkets and pharmacies and on public transport, you must wear either double masks, at least one of which is a surgical mask, or an N95/FFP2 mask.

However, these are rules should be scrapped before the summer.

The country’s health minister, Thanos Plevris, confirmed this month that Greece will lift local Covid rules from May, which will include the end of mandatory face masks indoors from June 1.


Face masks are no longer required outdoors or indoors in Turkey – as long as air circulation and social distancing are adequate.


Holidaymakers in Portugal will no longer be required to wear face masks indoors, including shops and hotels.

The country announced this week that more Covid rules would be scrapped, including a requirement to wear face masks in most indoor spaces.

However, face coverings are still required to be worn in hospitals and public transport in Portugal.


Similar to Portugal, Spain dropped its rule requiring masks indoors earlier this week.

Wearing face masks in covered spaces such as shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars as well as gyms, theaters, cinemas or concerts is no longer necessary.

However, it is still needed on all public transport, on airplanes, in health services of all kinds and in pharmacies.


Wearing a face mask in all indoor public spaces in Malta is still mandatory.

Children under the age of three are exempt and masks are not required in public outdoor spaces.


Face masks are no longer mandatory in France, both indoors and outdoors.

The only exception is when using public transport in France, where face masks are still required.

You could be fined €135 (£114) if you don’t follow this rule.


Face mask regulations have recently been relaxed in Croatia, meaning you no longer have to wear a mask indoors.

But wearing a face mask is also mandatory in health and social care facilities, and a face covering is recommended at large gatherings.

In the meantime, you should follow the advice of your airline or transport provider, as some of you may still require you to wear a mask.


Italy currently requires the wearing of masks in all indoor public spaces – including in shops and public transport – as well as in crowded outdoor areas.

The use of masks is no longer mandatory in outdoor areas, except in places with large gatherings such as sporting events.

Until April 30th, FFP2 masks or higher masks must be worn on flights in Italy.


In Cyprus, face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for everyone aged six and over.

Failure to comply with the restrictions may result in a €300 (£253) fine.


Germany currently requires the wearing of face masks in closed rooms.

In retail and on public transport, wearing a medical mask remains a legal requirement.

An FFP-2 mask is often required and you should make sure that you have an FFP-2 mask with you. Latest Covid face mask rules for Portugal, Spain, Greece and other holiday hotspots

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