Countries around the world are starting to reduce testing, mask use and other travel restrictions implemented in 2020 to contain the spread of Covid-19 at airports and international hubs.
Several European countries, including the UK, Iceland and Ireland, are moving away from wearing masks, and several airlines have followed suit.
In the United States, CEOs of major airlines have written to the White House demanding that mandatory masks on aircraft and testing requirements for arriving international travelers be scrapped.
“It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on planes, but can gather in crowded restaurants, schools and sporting events without masks,” the executives wrote.
As the US catches up with the rest of the world, here is a list of airlines that have already removed the mask requirement:
Norwegian has confirmed that as of Monday, April 4, face masks will no longer be mandatory on its flights.
Norwegian has confirmed that as of Monday, April 4, face masks will no longer be mandatory on its domestic flights and on flights to/from Sweden and Denmark.
The airline said that “as countries reduce or completely remove travel restrictions, thanks to extensive vaccination programmes, passengers will now be able to choose whether to wear a face mask or not.”
The airline stopped requiring masks for its aircraft on March 27 “on flights where masks are no longer legally required at both ends of the route”.
This includes most UK domestic flights as well as flights between the UK and Denmark, Gibraltar, Iceland and Hungary.
Starting March 16, passengers can choose whether or not to wear a mask on Virgin Atlantic flights. This applies to flights to Barbados, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
Passengers must continue to wear a mask on flights to the United States, Delhi, Islamabad, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lahore, Lagos, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tel Aviv.
Customers flying with British Airways can now travel without a mask if your destination has removed the restriction.
“For destinations where we have established that the use of face coverings is not mandatory, you can make a personal choice and we ask that everyone respects each other’s preferences,” the airline wrote in its guidance.
From March 23, masks are optional on selected flights on this Iceland-based airline. Masks are still mandatory on flights to and from Canada, the United States, Germany, Paris and Zurich.
Since March, passengers in England and Northern Ireland are no longer required to wear masks. Passengers aged 6 and over traveling in Scotland must continue to use them.
TUI has lifted up your mask mandate. However, travelers aged 12 and over from Wales or Scotland must still wear a mask. Travelers aged 6 and over must wear face coverings when traveling to Italy.
While the Dutch government still requires its citizens to wear face coverings on planes and airports, KLM has said it will no longer enforce its mask policy.
They say it was “disappointing that the use of face masks during boarding and throughout the flight is still being considered by the Dutch government, while this has been abandoned everywhere in the Netherlands”.
Passengers on domestic flights within Scandinavia are no longer Requested wear a mask, but it is mandatory for passengers aged 6 and over on all other flights.