The EU announced Wednesday that it will no longer require passengers to wear masks on flights and at airports. This announcement came after a long wait.
In partnership with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EUASA) stated in a statement that this recommendation would be effective from 16 May.
If they travel to destinations with different rules, however, some airlines may still apply mask measures.
Euronews reported that the statement stated it would be a “big step forward in normalizing air travel” for crew and passengers.
According to the joint statement, the new measures take into account the “latest developments in pandemic, in particular, the levels of vaccinations and naturally acquired immunity, as well as the accompanying lifting restrictions in a growing amount of European countries.”
Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director, stated that passengers should continue to make responsible choices while traveling. To reassure passengers around them, passengers should wear masks if they are sneezing or coughing.
These updated guidelines make it clear that traveling with masks is the best way to protect yourself from contracting Covid-19.
Although Passenger Locator forms, which were essential for travel over the past two decades, are no longer required in the region, it recommended that airlines have traveler information readily available and easily accessible in case another Covid-19 variant emerges.
The agencies added that mask wearing, along with physical distancing (and good hand hygiene), is one of the best ways to reduce transmission.
The news will be welcomed by the European travel industry, with a growing list of countries removing Covid-related travel restrictions from the region.