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Mask rules for Spain, France, Turkey and other holiday favorites

With summer on the horizon, many of us are planning getaways to sunnier climes.

After so much time at home, many of us really want to get away from it all. Airlines such as Jet2, TUI and Ryanair have previously said bookings for places like Spain and the Canary Islands have boomed in recent months.

But for those of us who have managed to go abroad, what are the rules on masks in countries like Spain, France and Turkey? Where do we have to use them and who is exempt?

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In Greece, for example, wearing a mask is compulsory in all public spaces. In some places, such as supermarkets and public transport, people are required to wear double masks (at least one of which must be surgical) or an N95/FFP2 mask.

All restrictions are subject to periodic review. In some parts of the country where the spread of covid is particularly high and where hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tightened or reimposed with limited notice. People are advised to check the latest local guidelines and follow the advice of local authorities.

Here we look at mask rules for other destinations popular with UK tourists.


Spain recently relaxed its rules on face masks, which means you will no longer have to wear them in closed places like restaurants and bars. The country had already removed the requirement to wear a face covering outdoors.

The use of face coverings, which must cover both the nose and mouth, is mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 using public transport, visiting a hospital or other medical facility, or visiting a nursing home. retirement or care.

In addition to the mandatory use of a mask in the above situations, the Spanish government recommends its responsible use in closed public spaces such as shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants, at large events, during meetings family or in any other closed place. common areas.


Wearing a mask is compulsory for all people over the age of 6 traveling on public transport in France. Coverage is also required in all healthcare facilities (hospitals, clinics, rest homes, nursing homes and nursing homes, as well as facilities for the disabled).

The Foreign Office guidelines also state: “There are no internal travel restrictions in France; however, the measures may change in the short term, whether at the national or local level. You should visit the French government’s coronavirus information page or use the ‘TousAntiCovid’ digital app for more information and to stay up to date on restrictions”


Face masks are no longer necessary outdoors or indoors if “air circulation and social distancing are adequate”.

Advice on the UK Foreign Office’s website says: ‘You should ensure you are prepared for any extended or unforeseen stays due to changes in COVID-related restrictions or your travel arrangements. »


All people over the age of 6 must wear a face mask when traveling in Italy, whether by plane, ferry, train or coach. People are advised to “pay close attention to signage when traveling” and wear a mask at all times.

You should carry spare masks for long journeys. Check with your tour operator before travelling.

The use of masks is mandatory on public transport, at indoor or outdoor public events, in theatres, concert halls, cinemas and live music clubs and for sporting events until April 30. The use of masks is no longer mandatory in outdoor spaces, except in places of large gatherings.

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