The European Union Aviation & Safety Agency has published new guidance today recommending that EU members remove requirements for face masks on aircraft from next Monday.
You can see the full report here.
The move is designed to be “a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel”.
The guidance, according to an official statement, “takes account of the latest developments in the pandemic, in particular the levels of vaccination and naturally acquired immunity, and the accompanying lifting of restrictions in a growing number of European countries”.
It isn’t totally straightforward, however. For countries where mask wearing is required on public transport or in airports – which is the case in much of Europe – airlines are strongly recommended to enforce a mask requirement on aircraft too.
Where airlines do choose to enforce masks, they have been told to ensure that only FFP2 or equivalent surgical grade masks are accepted.
All testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers will also be dropped from Monday, although I’m not sure which EU countries still have these.
You can find out more here.