Face mask rules if you are flying with TUI, easyJet, Jet2, British Airways or Ryanair

The coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing and is causing many rule changes.

One thing people may not be sure about is the varying travel rules of different airlines regarding face masks and vaccines.

TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, BA and other airlines operate flights to and from the UK to a wide range of destinations and each of them have their own rules, reports The Mirror.

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It’s also worth taking note of the rules specific to your chosen destination; for example, the United States states that face masks are mandatory for all inbound/outbound flights, as well as inside airports.

To make things easier for travelers looking to get away from it all during the upcoming school holidays, we’ve compiled a list of each major airline’s current policies on face masks.


TUI has changed its face mask policy for those traveling from England and Northern Ireland.

Its travel policy explains: “It is no longer a legal requirement for those traveling to or from England or Northern Ireland to wear a face mask while on their TUI Airways flight, but – in accordance with UK Government guidance and the EU Charter – we still strongly recommend Please do not travel if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or test positive – you can change your holiday free of charge under our covid flexibility policy.

Anyone aged 12 or over traveling on routes to/from Wales or Scotland must always wear a face covering while flying unless there are medical reasons for dispensing.

Passengers should bring their own face masks – and bring spares for long-haul flights to change masks every four hours.

If you are exempt for health reasons, you will need to upload a government exemption card, or you can opt for a face shield instead.


Jet2 no longer requires passengers on flights to/from England and Northern Ireland to wear face masks on board its flights.

However, you may still be required to wear a mask at airports, on arrival at destination and during transfers, depending on local covid rules – check before travelling.

Passengers on flights to and from Scotland are still required to wear face masks on flights.

A statement on the airline’s website adds: “If you cannot wear a mask, you must notify us in advance in order to travel. If you do not wear a face mask without our agreement, you will not be not allowed to board your flight or transfer.”


All passengers aged six and over will be required to wear a face mask at the airport, at the gate when boarding the plane and throughout the flight.

Passengers not wearing a mask will not be able to board the aircraft.

You must wear a face mask – scarves, visors or valve masks are not allowed and you may be refused travel.

For those with a medical waiver to wear a face mask, easyJet is asking passengers to notify them before travel. For some destinations, you may need to have a letter or medical certificate proving your exemption.


It is mandatory to wear a face mask or covering on board Ryanair flights, as well as at the airport. If you have a medical waiver to wear a face mask, contact the airline before traveling.

British Airways

British Airways requires passengers aged 12 and over to wear a face mask at all times at the airport and on board the flight. (The exception is for flights to/from the United States where it is legal for anyone aged two or over to wear a face mask on flights).

They advise passengers on flights over four hours to bring extra masks with them. You may be asked to remove your mask during passport controls.

A statement on BA’s website adds: “While on board you are permitted to remove your face covering for a reasonable time to allow you to eat or drink. When not consuming food or drink, your face mask must be put back on and must cover your nose and mouth at all times.”

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic requires passengers aged 12 and over to wear face masks or face coverings at all times on board flights and throughout the airport. (If you are traveling to/from the United States, the law states that anyone two years of age or older must wear a face covering on flights).

You may remove the face mask to “eat or drink when reasonably necessary”, take medication, or to avoid risk of injury or injury.

If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, you must contact the airline’s special assistance team at least 48 hours before your departure.

Wizz Air

It is mandatory for passengers on Wizz Air flights to wear face masks on board for passengers and crew. For flights longer than four hours, the airline recommends passengers bring more face masks.

If you are exempt from wearing a face mask, you will need to contact the Wizz Air Special Assistance Call Center at least 48 hours before your flight.

norwegian air

Face masks are mandatory for passengers aged 16 or over on board Norwegian Air flights. Face masks must cover your nose and mouth and “must be made for this purpose” – for example, scarves will not be accepted.

You can remove your mask while eating and drinking during the flight.

You may be denied boarding if you are not wearing a face mask.

The airline says: “If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you must present a medical document to gate staff confirming this before boarding.”


A statement on the Emirates website explains: “You must wear a medical cloth or mask throughout Dubai International Airport, during boarding, throughout your flight and when exiting the aircraft. Children under 6 and customers with certain medical conditions do not have to wear a mask.

Due to local government regulations, only medical masks are accepted on flights from Dubai to Germany, France and Austria.

If for medical reasons you cannot wear a mask throughout your trip, you must complete a medical information form (MEDIF) before your flight.

The rules are correct at the time of writing but may be subject to change. Contact your airline if you have any questions.

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