These are the countries that require you to wear a mask on the plane if you want to travel

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These are the countries that require you to wear a mask on the plane if you want to travel

Spain is one of the thirteen countries that will still impose the mask inside the plane, if this is the destination or the arrival of the flight. This Monday May 16The green light is given to remove the masks inside the planes for the entire European Union, but there are still exceptions in those countries where their respective governments continue to decree that it be mandatory if it is in force in public transport. By way of example, France leaves this list because precisely today it has been removed from everywhere.

Thirteen countries require the mask

Thus, apart from Spain, the mask is also mandatory in the following countries: Austria, Latvia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Czechia, Luxembourg, Estonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Greece and Italy. The Minister of Health, Carolina DariasLast week, he explained that the use of masks is not mandatory on platforms or in airports, although it is on public transport and on flights. A difference that has generated controversy to mark two different criteria within the same space.

In this way, these thirteen countries break with what is marked by the same European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), although they pointed out that a face mask is still one of the recommendations to avoid covid. The updated guidance takes into account the latest developments in the pandemic, “in particular the levels of vaccination and naturally acquired immunity, and the lifting of restrictions in a growing number of European countries.” According to Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA, “the measure is a big step forward and is broadly in line with public transport regulations across Europe.” In parallel, the director of the ECDC, Andrea Ammon, assures that “while the risks persist, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal.”

What do the companies say?

The relaxation of the measures goes beyond Europe. Currently, many countries have abandoned covid testing requirements for travelers with full vaccination schedule and passenger locator forms. However, individual airlines can still choose to recommend or require mask wearing on board, according to EASA, with the rules likely to continue to vary by airline.

In this sense, many companies have already given an answer. Ryanair released a statement saying it was glad to see the mask rules abolished; British Airways stresses that wearing a mask will now be a “personal choice”; Easyjet has welcomed the new criteria of the European Union. Obviously, as Vueling and Iberia are Spanish operatorsin them the mask is still mandatory.

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