According to guidelines recommended on Wednesday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency, passengers flying in Europe from next week will no longer be obliged to wear a mask on their aircraft or at an airport (EASA).

According to the agencies, the decision to withdraw the mandatory mask suggestion, which has been in place since 2020, is motivated by levels of vaccination, naturally acquired immunity, and the reduction of limitations in numerous European countries.

The new recommendations will take effect from May 16.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky.

The new recommendations will go into effect on May 16. However, the agencies stated that mask requirements will continue to differ from airline to airline after that date.

Passengers flying on flights to or from a region where mask-wearing is still required on public transportation, for example, may be obliged to wear a mask.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).