Jet2, Ryanair, easyJet and BA: New face mask rules for all the major airlines

As we prepare to jet abroad this summer, there are many considerations travellers need to take.

Alongside checking all the travel restrictions and booking Covid tests, a lot has changed since the last time you may have travelled abroad.

Facemasks may no longer be a requirement in indoor public spaces in England, but many airlines have their own rules.

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Passengers with most airlines will still be required to wear a face covering, despite England’s restrictions on wearing them being eased since July 19.

We have taken a look at the major airlines’ rules on face masks and coverings from July 19, as reported by Wales Online.

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It is mandatory for Ryanair passengers to wear a face mask or covering both in the airport and onboard their flight.

Ryanair cabin crew are also required to wear face masks.

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Face masks are mandatory for all passengers aged six years and older, as well as easyJet crew.

The airline also requires passengers to wear face masks at the airport, at the gate when boarding the aircraft, and throughout the flight.

Those who are exempt will be required to show a doctor’s letter or medical certificate as proof.

easyJet has confirmed on its website that “Despite the UK government’s change in restrictions on masks where they are now not mandatory from July 19, easyJet will continue with our current mask policy (i.e. masks must be worn on all flights, etc).”

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TUI requires all passengers over six years old to wear a face mask, which includes while sleeping. Passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid will still be required to wear a face mask.

Those who can’t wear a mask for health reasons are asked to download a government exemption card.

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Jet2 requires all passengers aged six years and over to wear face masks at the airport and onboard all flights.

The airline has said that those who are unable to wear a mask will need to get in touch with the airline in advance.

If you turn up without a face mask, which hasn’t been pre-agreed with the airline, you won’t be able to board the flight.

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British Airways

British Airways requires passengers to wear face masks at all times, both in the airport and onboard flights. The airline states on its website that “as a guide one mask lasts four hours so please bring enough for your journey”.

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Virgin Atlantic

Passengers are required to wear masks at all times, including at the airport. All Virgin staff and cabin crew will also be required to wear face masks.

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Wizz Air

Wizz Air says it is compulsory to wear face masks on board its flights, which applies to both passengers and crew. The airline recommends that for flights over four hours that passengers bring multiple face masks.

The company adds that “other protective gear is recommended and appreciated”.

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