Europe travel restrictions are increasingly being lifted in the region – 15 countries are now much easier to visit in the EU as the need for entry tests and documents has been reduced. From May, for example, Greece will also lift its travel restrictions.
However, many European countries still have mask mandates in place:
- People across Greece will still be wearing them in indoor public spaces until June and Italy is still demanding the same.
- In Austria, FFP2 masks are a requirement in supermarkets, for example, as reported by The Telegraphand in many parts of Germany masks are legally required in shops and on public transport.
- France lifted its ban on wearing face masks in public places in March, although they are still compulsory on public transport, in transport hubs such as train stations and in medical establishments. Portugal and Spain share similar rules to France.
These countries are entirely mask-free: Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden), Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia) and Croatia, Czech Republic , Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Great Britain
The United States also recently lifted its mask mandate on planes and trains after a federal judge in Florida ruled the 14-month directive was illegal, as reported by Reuters. Immediately after, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and national rail line Amtrak also reversed their face mask bans.
In the UK, airlines operate a policy of mandatory face masks depending on the rules of the country of destination. The main British airline EasyJet therefore no longer requires a mask on flights to Northern Ireland, Jersey, Isle of Man, Denmark, Finland, Croatia, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden , Gibraltar, Switzerland, Hungary, Iceland and Poland. The same goes for British Airways and Virgin, who have also confirmed that they are no longer needed when crossing the Atlantic.