Do I need a mask or face covering to go on holiday to Europe?
Which countries require a face mask and where do you need to wear them when travelling abroad this summer? We take a look into the regulations at the start of July as travel restrictions begin to ease.
Travelling by plane, train, or ferry (including within the UK)
The first thing to note is that when leaving the UK, at the current time, a face covering is required on all planes and at the airport as well as on Eurostar and currently all departing ferries. It should also be noted that even if restrictions change within the UK, the ferries, airlines and Eurostar will likely have to follow additional rules and regulations from their origin or departure location. In addition to ferries operating between France and Holland, both Calmac and Irish Ferries also require a face covering to worn. You may be able to remove the face covering on certain deck areas of ferries, and this should be checked with the operator. There is a link to a number of the main ferry companies below.
European Travel - Holiday Destinations Mask Requirements*
* All information is offered in good faith, please check before departure or holiday booking as the situation for many countries changes rapidly. This is a guide only. The FCO provides up to date travel advice here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
This list is not exhaustive but focuses on some of the most popular holiday destinations. Travelling can be stressful and even a short flight involves time at the airport and thus prolonged use of a face mask. For this reason, we have created WOW Mask travel packs, which include four masks in varied colours that can be used and then stored for washing.
Why use a WOW Mask and not a disposable one? Two very simple answers:
A WOW Mask is highly adjustable for a comfortable fit, which is all the more important when wearing a mask for long periods.
We strongly believe the beaches of Europe do not need to be clogged up with used face masks.
For a few extra pounds you can have a washable, reusable, comfortable mask made by people who care in a UK workshop being paid a real living wage.
Happy Holidays and stay safe.
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P and O Ferries http://www.poferries.com/en/coronavirus
Stena Line https://www.stenaline.co.uk/faqs/coronavirus-advice/do-i-need-to-wear-a-facemask