Ryanair has warned passengers that face masks are still required on flights to and from certain countries, despite a change in EU directive.
The recommendation to make the wearing of medical masks compulsory at airports and on board a flight was dropped today by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
However, Ryanair has warned passengers that Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain still have mask requirements.
Face coverings are still required on public transport in those states, and Ryanair said masks are required on flights to and from those destinations.
The EU has taken the decision to lift mask requirements at airports and on planes, noting that a face mask is still one of the best protective measures against the transmission of Covid-19.
It is now up to individual governments and airlines to decide whether to change their rules and recommendations.
Masks are not mandatory at Irish airports and flights but are strongly recommended. However, travelers in Italy, for example, must wear a high-quality FFP2 mask at airports and when boarding flights.
The update of the joint Aviation Health Safety Protocol takes into account the latest developments in the pandemic, in particular the level of vaccination and naturally acquired immunity and the concomitant lifting of restrictions in a growing number of European countries.
In addition to the changes to masks, the recommendations also include relaxing the tightened measures in flight operations, which will help to relieve the industry while maintaining appropriate measures.
“Starting next week, face masks will no longer have to be mandatory in all cases when traveling by air, largely in line with changing public transport requirements from national authorities across Europe,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky.
“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.”
The new face mask-wearing recommendations are set to come into effect from May 16. However, mask rules will vary from airline to airline, particularly beyond this date.
https://www.independent.ie/news/ryanair-warns-passengers-of-the-countries-that-still-require-face-masks-on-flights-despite-eu-directive-change-41640582.html Ryanair warns passengers about the countries where face masks are still mandatory on flights despite changes to the EU directive