Ryanair has confirmed face masks will no longer be mandatory on flights to several EU countries.
The new rules apply from Monday (May 16), meaning passengers will no longer have to wear face masks on flights and airports.
Here we take a look at the destinations where passengers are still required to wear face masks and why they are no longer required on some flights.
On which Ryanair flights do I still have to wear a face mask?
There are still 15 countries in Ryanair’s schedule that require face masks, including some holiday hotspots popular with British tourists.
- Czech Republic
What are the face mask rules on Ryanair flights?
Wearing a face mask is currently mandatory at the airport and on board Ryanair flights.
If you are traveling to, from or within Italy, Austria or Germany, it must be an FFP2 face mask.
Upon arrival, you should keep your mask on until you exit the airport terminal.
Are face masks recommended on flights?
Although face masks are no longer required on some flights, authorities are encouraging passengers to wear them as a precaution.
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: “From next week, face masks will no longer have to be mandatory in all cases when traveling by air, largely in line with the changing requirements of 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.”
Why are face masks no longer required on some flights?
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have recommended that from May 16, 2022, on-flight masks will no longer be mandatory for flights to EU countries should be.
They said they are taking into account recent developments in the pandemic, particularly vaccination levels and naturally acquired immunity, and the concomitant lifting of restrictions in a growing number of European countries.
In addition to changing the mandate mask, their recommendations also include a relaxation of the stricter measures, which will help to relieve the industry and still maintain appropriate measures.
What did Ryanair say?
Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said: “We welcome this relaxation of rules by EASA and ECDC, which will apply from Monday 16 May.
“From this date, face masks will be optional on all Ryanair flights, except for flights to/from the 15 EU countries, where masks will remain mandatory on public transport.
“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.”