Mask wearing rules for Jet2, EasyJet, Ryanair, British
Airways and TUI
Do I need to wear a face mask at UK airports?
With all remaining Covid restrictions lifted in England on
February 24th it became no longer a legal requirement to wear a face
mask at venues indoors, including airports. While the wearing of face masks
continues to be recommended it is now at the choice of the traveller, if they
chose to wear a mask while present at the airport. However, you will still find
that certain UK airlines state on their websites that masks should still be
worn at the airport which makes this rule conflicting. Is it time for the rules
to become more consistent and that mask wearing become, across the board, a
Do I need to wear a face mask on the plane?
As with the question above it very much depends on which
airline you are flying with. Here we have tried to summarise the rules per the
main airlines used by passengers from the UK.
At the beginning of March Jet2 became the first UK airline
to drop the mandatory use of face masks on flights departing the UK (excluding
Scotland). It was felt that as the legal requirement to wear masks was dropped
in all other circumstances, the same should be said of travelling on their
planes. Of course, the company is following Government guidance and still openly
encouraging passengers to wear them, but this is something that cannot be
Those departing Scottish airports and are aged 6 and over
will still have to continue to wear a face mask at the airport, boarding gate
and on the plane.
Of course, while these rules are relevant to the countries
in the UK, passengers must ensure they know the face mask wearing rules of
their destination country.
EasyJet have just announced that mandatory use of face masks
to those countries where there is no legal requirement to wear a face mask,
will end this Sunday (27th March 2022)
Passengers aged 6 and over and not medically exempt will
still need to wear face masks if the destination country still has laws in
place. The airline said it will continue to remove the mask-wearing rule on
other international routes as and when both ends of the route has no legal
requirement. It stated: "As a pan European airline operating between over
30 countries, we must continue to ensure that we and our customers follow the
legal requirements of all the countries we fly to.
The airline’s website currently states that EasyJet will not
accept scarves, visors or masks with valves as acceptable face coverings and
insist that it must be “FFP2 (or equivalent) certified, surgical or cloth”
Failure to wear the correct face covering will result in not
being able to board your flight.
Passengers travelling from Scotland still have to follow the
country’s guidelines that face mask wearing is still mandatory at airports and
on the planes, unless exempt.
Ryanair continues to monitor the situation and has indicated
that mandatory face mask wearing on board their flights is likely to be dropped
as early as the end of April/beginning of May.
For now, the rules are still in place that all passengers 6
and over must wear a face mask at the boarding gate, on the plane etc.
In particular if you are travelling to, from or within
Italy, Austria or Germany, a FFP2 face mask must be worn as it is the only type
that will be accepted.
As of March 16th, British Airways changed their
policy on wearing face masks. In line with the changes in law within England
the airline has stated that those destinations where it doesn’t require you to
wear a face mask, the choice to wear a face mask becomes optional. For those
destinations, where there is still a requirement to do so, the airline asks
that the same rules apply for those travelling from England and Northern Ireland.
As with Jet2, TUI was one of the first to decide to scrap
the mandatory use of face masks for flights departing England and Northern
Ireland. TUI does advise passengers to carry a face mask to ensure you are not
caught out by arriving in a country that still requires you to wear one. As per
the government guidelines they still promote the recommendation to wear a face
mask for your own protection.
Those passengers aged 12 and over travelling from Scotland
and Wales will still be required to wear a face mask regardless if they are
fully vaccinated or not.
We hope that clears things up a bit! We will keep all our
readers up to date with the newest travel changes and remember if you do
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22nd March 2022