Ryanair is dropping its face mask rules on flights for passengers after the EU announced covers are no longer mandatory – but some holiday hotspots like Greece and Spain have not made the cut
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Ryanair has announced that it will drop face mask rules on its flights to EU countries from next week.
The news comes after the EU announced that face masks will no longer be mandatory on flights and airports, with the new rules set to come into effect on May 16 (Monday).
Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said: “We welcome this relaxation of rules by EASA and ECDC from Monday 16 May. From this date, face masks will be optional on all Ryanair flights, with the exception of flights to/from the 15 EU countries, where masks will remain mandatory on public transport.
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We expect these states to relax their face mask regulations in line with these new health guidelines from EASA and ECDC in the coming days. Intended passengers can check the latest EU face mask rules on the Re-Open EU website.”
There are 15 countries in Ryanair’s schedule that still require face masks on public transport, including some popular holiday hotspots like France, Spain, Greece and Italy (see the full list below).
Ryanair routes where face masks are still mandatory
- Czech Republic
While the EU is scrapping mandatory face masks, authorities are still encouraging passengers to wear them as a precaution.
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky announced the news earlier today, saying: “From next week, face masks will no longer have to be mandatory in all cases for air travel, largely in line with changing requirements from national authorities across Europe for public transport.
“For passengers and flight crew, this is a major step forward in normalizing air travel. However, passengers should behave responsibly and respect the decisions of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask. to reassure those sitting nearby.”
Vulnerable passengers are also urged to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, while all travelers are urged to observe indoor social distancing measures.
Face mask rules are subject to change at a destination due to the nature of a pandemic. Always check the latest travel advice from the German Foreign Office before booking a trip and speak to your airline if you are unsure about the rules.
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