New Face Mask Rules For All Major UK Airlines
Passengers with most airlines will still be required to wear a face covering, despite England's restrictions on wearing them being eased since July 19th 2021.
Boris Johnson announced that from July 19th it would no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face mask indoors, although he urged the public to continue covering their faces in "crowded and enclosed spaces".
With many holidaymakers flying from English airports, does it mean you no longer have to wear a face mask?
Here we have taken a look at all major UK airlines' rules on face masks and coverings as of July 19th.
It is mandatory for Ryanair passengers to wear a face mask or covering both in the airport and on board their flight. Ryanair cabin crew are also required to wear face masks.
You can find out more on ryanair.com.
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 19th, easyJet will continue with our current mask policy (i.e. masks must be worn on all flights, etc)."
You can find out more on easyJet.com.
TUI, which has flights from Cardiff Airport, 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.
You can find out more on tui.co.uk.
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.
You can find out more on jet2.com.
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".
You can find out more on britishairways.com.
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.
You can find out more on virginatlantic.com.
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".
You can find out more on wizzair.com.
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