As Covid rules ease, more Britons are booking holidays abroad. Some foreign countries even abolish travel rules altogether.
But not everywhere. In most of the UK masks are no longer compulsory, but there are destinations abroad – places like Cyprus, Greece and Malta – that continue to have face mask rules in place, reports the Mirror.
However, the situation changes all the time. This week alone, Spain relaxed its rules on face masks with more mandatory face coverings indoors, while in Portugal it was also announced this week that face masks would no longer be mandatory except in public transport and nursing homes.
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Here’s a roundup of the latest face mask rules for popular vacation hotspots for travelers in the North East.
Portugal’s health minister announced this week that face masks would no longer be mandatory for indoor spaces, with the exception of public transport and nursing homes.
Face coverings were also no longer mandatory outdoors, provided social distancing could still be maintained.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “In mainland Portugal and the autonomous region of the Azores, it is also advisable to wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of 1.5 m with other members of the public. In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, wearing a mask outdoors is mandatory where social distancing is not possible.”
Earlier this week, Spain relaxed its rules on face masks, meaning they are no longer mandatory in indoor spaces. They were already no longer mandatory for outdoor spaces.
However, face coverings remain compulsory for anyone aged six or over using Spanish public transport. This will also include passengers on flights to Spain.
Other exceptions include if you visit a hospital or other health care locations such as pharmacies and dentists, or if you visit a care or nursing home.
It is currently mandatory in Greece to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces.
The UK Foreign Office warns travellers: “In some areas, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will need to wear either double face masks (at least one of which must be surgical) or an N95/FFP2 mask.”
The country’s health minister, Thanos Plevris, confirmed this month that Greece is set to scrap local Covid rules from May, which will include an end to mandatory masks indoors from May. June 1st.
Turkey has relaxed its Covid rules which include no longer requiring people to wear masks indoors or outdoors – the caveat being that there must be adequate air circulation and social distancing .
Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including restaurants and bars, unless you are seated and eating or drinking.
You are not required to wear a face covering in outdoor public spaces.
Children under the age of three are exempt from the face mask rules.
Face masks are no longer compulsory indoors or outdoors in France. They are, however, compulsory for anyone aged six or over who uses French public transport – and the Foreign Office warns that you could be fined if you fail to comply with this rule.
Croatia has relaxed its restrictions on face masks, meaning you no longer need to wear them for indoor and outdoor settings. However, when there are large gatherings, you may be asked to wear a face covering.
The Foreign Office notes that some airlines and transport providers will still require you to wear a mask, so check their guidelines before you travel as well.
Under Italy’s current rules, face masks remain mandatory indoors for anyone aged five or over.
They are also compulsory on public transport, at public events indoors and outdoors, and in places such as cinemas, theaters and clubs. However, according to the UK Foreign Office, these rules will be relaxed from April 30.
It should also be noted that all passengers arriving in the country by plane, ferry, train or coach will be required to wear an FFP2 mask in order to enter the country.
Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces, but not outdoors. The rules apply to anyone aged six and over, and those who fail to comply could face a €300 fine
Face masks are still mandatory in enclosed spaces. Wearing a medical mask remains a legal obligation at points of sale and on public transport. The Foreign Office warns: “Often an FFP-2 mask is required and you should make sure you have an FFP-2 mask with you.”
*Covid rules and restrictions can change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for a destination before you book or travel.