TUI drops face mask rules for passengers on UK flights ahead of Easter holiday
TUI passengers on UK flights will no longer be required to wear a face mask on the plane, although there are some exceptions depending on your destinations
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TUI has removed the requirement for passengers to wear face masks on a number of its UK flights, following the example of Jet2 which did the same last week.
Other airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet continue to apply face mask policies for passengers.
The holiday giant no longer requires holidaymakers traveling to/from England or Northern Ireland to wear a mask during their flights.
The company has published an update to its travel policy explaining: “It is no longer a legal requirement for those traveling to or from England or Northern Ireland to wear a face covering during their TUI Airways flight. , but – in line with UK government and EU charter advice – we strongly recommend that you do Please do not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive – you can change your holiday without fee as part of our COVID flexibility policy.”
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It should be noted that anyone aged 12 or over traveling on routes to/from Wales or Scotland must always wear a face mask while flying, unless medically exempt.
Meanwhile, some vacation destinations continue to have face mask rules in place, including these as a mandatory requirement on inbound and outbound flights. For example, face masks are mandatory for all flights to/from the United States, and Italy applies similar rules.
To give you a hand, we’ve highlighted some of the top holiday hotspot face mask rules for France, Spain, Greece, Turkey and more.
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As part of its travel policy, TUI warns: “Whether you have to wear a mask on your flight or not, you may have to wear a mask when you leave the plane at your destination, so make sure you ‘have masks with you.’
You can learn more about tui.co.uk.
Britons’ holiday options have increased in recent weeks in a boost ahead of Easter and the May semester. 12 countries have eased travel rules for UK travellers, including France, Greece, Spain and Tunisia, including scrapping the requirement for pre-travel PCR tests.
Meanwhile, a number of long-haul destinations have tentatively started to welcome tourists back.
Bali has announced plans to lift quarantine rules for vaccinated Britons, while Vietnam plans to reopen to vaccinated tourists three months earlier than planned.
Other destinations easing restrictions include Canada which no longer requires PCR tests from vaccinated Britons if they prefer an antigen test, and Sri Lanka which has scrapped pre-travel Covid testing altogether.
Where can I go on holiday from the UK at the moment?
UK travel rules were also relaxed in February.
Under the changes, fully vaccinated arrivals no longer need Covid tests before or after arriving in the UK. For unvaccinated arrivals, there is still pre-departure and post-arrival testing, although the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days has ended.
It is hoped that passenger locator forms could also end in time for Easter.
Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs for a destination before booking and going on a trip abroad.