Updated face mask rules for Brits traveling to Greece, Spain and the Canary Islands, Croatia, France, Malta and more for the mid-term and summer holidays
Whilst face masks are no longer compulsory in most parts of the UK, there are places where they remain in place e.g. B. indoors or at major events. Face mask rules remain in place in popular destinations such as Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
Still, there are many destinations that have eased local Covid restrictions, including masks. For example only Spain relaxed its face mask rules this week with face coverings no longer mandatory indoors, while Portugal’s health minister announced this week that face masks would no longer be mandatory except on public transport and care homes.
We take a look at the latest face mask rules for popular holiday hotspots below…
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In Greece, wearing a face mask is currently mandatory in all indoor areas.
The UK Foreign Office is warning travelers: “In certain areas, such as supermarkets and pharmacies and on public transport, you must wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical) or an N95/FFP2 mask.”
However, these rules should be abolished in time for the summer holidays.
That was confirmed by the country’s health minister, Thanos Plevris, earlier this month Greece to lift local Covid rules from May This includes ending mandatory face masks indoors from June 1st.
Turkey has relaxed its Covid rules, which means people are no longer required to wear masks inside or outside – with the caveat that proper air circulation and social distancing are required.
Portugal’s health minister announced this week that face masks would no longer be mandatory indoors, with the exception of public transport and care homes.
Mouth and nose covers were also no longer required in the outdoor area, provided that the distance rules can still be observed.
According to the Foreign Office: “In mainland Portugal and the Autonomous Region of the Azores, you are also advised to wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of 1.5m from other members of the public in the autonomous region Madeira, the use of a mask is mandatory outdoors where social distancing is not possible.”
Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including restaurants and bars, unless you are sitting and eating or drinking.
You are not required to wear a face covering in public outdoor areas.
Children under the age of three are exempt from the mask requirement.
Earlier this week, Spain relaxed its face mask rules, meaning they are no longer mandatory indoors. They were no longer prescribed for outdoor spaces.
However, face coverings remain mandatory for everyone aged six and over using public transport in Spain. This includes passengers on flights to Spain.
Other exceptions include visiting a hospital or other healthcare facilities such as pharmacies and dentists, or visiting a nursing or nursing home.
Face masks are no longer mandatory in France, both indoors and outdoors. However, they are compulsory for anyone aged six and over using public transport in France – and the Foreign Office warns you could be fined if you don’t follow the rule.
Croatia has eased its restrictions on face masks, meaning you no longer have to wear them indoors or outdoors. However, at large gatherings, you may be asked to wear a face covering.
The Federal Foreign Office points out that some airlines and transport providers are still required to wear a mask. Therefore, also check their guidelines before your trip.
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Under current Italian regulations, face masks remain mandatory indoors for everyone aged five and over.
They are also mandatory on public transport, at indoor and outdoor public events, and in venues such as cinemas, theaters and clubs. However, according to the British Foreign Office, these rules will be relaxed from April 30.
It is also worth noting that all passengers entering the country by plane, ferry, train or bus are required to wear an FFP2 mask to gain entry into the country.
Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, but not outdoors. The rules apply to everyone aged six and over, and those who don’t comply can face a €300 fine
Masks are still mandatory in closed rooms.
Wearing a medical mask remains a legal requirement in retail stores and on public transport. The Foreign Office warns: “An FFP-2 mask is often required and you should make sure you have an FFP-2 mask with you.”
- Covid rules and restrictions are subject to change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for a destination before booking or traveling.
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