TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, BA, KLM and Emirates latest mask policies for travelers

Airline mask policies have been upended as some countries recently dropped their mandates.

Covid restrictions are now a thing of the past in Scotland, but air travel regulations differ significantly.

The requirements also depend on the countries of origin and arrival of your trip, as well as the airports themselves.

Face masks were phased out earlier this month in Scotland, but Edinburgh Airport still strongly recommends their use.

The mask obligation is still fully in force in some European countries such as Italy, Germany and Austria where FFP2 masks are mandatory on planes.

Here are the mask guidelines from easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, TUI, British Airways, KLM, Air France, Emirates and Loganair according to ChronicleLive.



Face mask policies differ between airlines

easyJet

Many airports still require masks to be worn and a number of countries require travelers to wear them on flights to destination.

Masks are only optional on a small number of easyJet routes.

Flyers should be aware that masks are only optional if not required in both countries. For example, if you are traveling to Italy (where masks are mandatory from England (where they are not), you will need to wear an FFP2 mask.

  • All flights to, from and within Italy, Austria and Germany: All passengers aged six and over must wear an FFP2 when travelling.
  • All flights to, from and within France: All passengers aged 6 and over are required to wear an FFP2 or surgical mask when travelling. Cloth masks, scarves, visors and valve masks are not accepted.
  • All flights between England, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Isle of Man, Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Hungary, Iceland and Poland: wearing a mask if traveling between any of these destinations. It may be useful to have a mask with you, but wearing a mask is optional and your choice will be respected.

On all other routes, all passengers six years of age and over must wear an appropriate face mask – i.e. no scarf, visor or valve mask – when flying and you may not be able to -be not board without one.

Find all the details here.

Jet2



Barcelona, ​​Spain - September 16, 2018: Jet2 Boeing 737-800 approaching El Prat Airport in Barcelona, ​​Spain.
Jet2’s mask policy recommends their use

It is not a legal requirement to wear face masks at UK airports or on board Jet2.

However, in line with UK government guidelines, Jet2 recommends that you continue to wear a face mask in these spaces, and you may be required to wear one when you arrive at your overseas destination.

Travelers may need to wear a mask when exiting the aircraft, inside the airport and on board our transfers to and from your accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated.

There may be more face mask restrictions in some locations and age rules may differ by destination.

You could face a fine from local authorities for not wearing a mask – check the FCDO website for more information.

Accepted face coverings are a medical-type mask or a fitted face covering (reusable or disposable).

Scarves, snoods, balaclavas or similar or unsuitable items for the purpose.

Some destinations have more specific requirements on the types of masks allowed, please check the entry requirements for your destination carefully.

Read the Jet2 policy here.

Ryanair

Ryanair rules are more relevant.

It says: “You must wear a face mask/covering at the airport and on board your flight. Some countries require this to be a surgical mask (for exemptions see Ryanair T&Cs). If you are traveling to/from/in Italy, Austria or Germany, it must be an FFP2 face mask.”

Read their guidelines here.

TUI



Several TUI planes are parked at Hannover Airport during the coronavirus crisis on April 02, 2020 in Hannover, Germany.
TUI advises passengers to bring masks

Airline guidelines say travelers should have masks handy, as they may be required to wear one when leaving the plane.

TUI “still strongly recommends” that passengers wear masks even if they are not legally required to do so.

Once again they are warning people traveling to Italy that it is mandatory for anyone aged six and over to wear an FFP2 mask throughout your flight.

Those who are medically exempt must show proof and sunflower strings are not accepted as proof.

All the details here.

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British Airways

Customers are no longer required to wear a mask at some UK airports.

BA asks travelers to check the requirements of the destination you are flying to before leaving for the airport, because:

  • If you are traveling on our flights, you will be required to wear a mask on board if the destination you are flying to or from requires it.
  • If you are traveling on our flights, you will be required to wear a mask when disembarking from the aircraft, and at your arrival airport, if the destination you are flying to requires it.

Full list here.

KLM

On board a KLM flight, you must wear a face mask, even if you have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative for Covid-19.

The airline cannot allow you to board without one.

Whether you need to wear a mask at the airport differs by country, so it’s best to check local airport rules in advance.

Face masks must cover the nose and mouth and can be surgical or non-surgical. Scarves, bandanas or hoods are not permitted.

All the details here.

Air France

For everyone’s health and safety, wearing a surgical mask is compulsory on board Air France aircraft.

Masks may also be required at the airport, depending on local sanitary measures.

All the details here.

Emirates

You must wear a cloth or medical mask throughout Dubai International Airport, when boarding, throughout your flight and when exiting the aircraft.

Children under six and customers with certain medical conditions should not 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 journey, passengers must contact Emirates 48 hours before their flight to request an exception and present their medical certificate at check-in.

You do not have to complete their MEDIF form.

All the details here.

Loganair

Loganair is following Scottish government guidelines to strongly recommend (rather than legally mandate) the wearing of face coverings on their flights. Loganair customers and crew members can decide if they want to wear a face covering on board.

All the details here.

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