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Canada will still require travelers to wear masks on planes – despite a Judge in the United States recently overturning the U.S. government’s mask mandate for public transport.

This means that masks will still be required when onboard airplanes – including when inside airport terminals – as well as on trains, buses, and when using other forms of public transport in – and around – Canada. The only exception to this has been Uber, which removed its mask mandate for both the U.S. and Canada earlier in the week.

Mum and daughter wearing face masks on board an airplane

Passengers onboard a flight that is operated by a Canadian airline – along with any flight that is departing from or arriving into the country – will also be required to wear a face mask.

Canada’s Mask Mandate For Planes Has Already Been Around For Two Years 

Girl wearing a face mask on an airplane

The mask mandate for planes – which was originally announced by the nation’s Transportation Minister, Marc Garneau – has been around for two years already.

The original rules of the mandate stated that travelers would be required to wear a mask:

Passenger wearing face mask at airport
  • at screening checkpoints inside Canadian airports
  • when the screeners are unable to maintain 2 meters distance between themselves and the traveler
  • when travelers are unable to physically distance themselves from one another
  • when directed to do so by airline employees or a public health official.
Canadian flag outside government building

Travelers have also been continually advised to follow the government’s guidance on Covid-19 mask use – which was created to provide information on where and when to wear a face covering.

How Much Longer Will Canada’s Mask Mandate For Public Transport Be In Effect?

Woman wearing mask on bus

At this moment there has been no ‘end date’ given as to when masks will no longer be required onboard a plane – or when traveling by other public transit – in Canada.

Instead of providing information on when passengers will be able to travel on public transport without the need to wear a face mask, a spokesperson for Canada’s Transport Minister explained the government’s approach to mask-wearing in an email:

Woman wearing a face mask at Canadian airport

“We are taking a layered approach to keeping travelers safe, and masks remain an incredibly useful tool in our arsenal against COVID-19”. 

As well as being required to wear a face mask when traveling into the country, there is also a requirement for visitors to wear a face mask – when in indoor public areas – for the next 14 days after their arrival into Canada.

One Of Canada’s Biggest Universities Extends Its Mask Mandate

Students wearing face masks

It is not only on public transport that face mask rules are continuing to be enforced, with one of Canada’s biggest – and most prestigious – universities having recently extended their mask mandate.

The University of British Columbia announced the news just a few days ago – saying that their mask mandate, which is applicable to any of the university’s indoor public spaces, will be extended until 30 June. 

University Students In Lecture Hall Wearing Masks

Latest Countries And Companies To Remove Their Mask Mandates

Although passengers traveling to, from, or inside Canada are still required to wear a face covering when using public transport, there are a number of countries and companies around the world that have recently removed their mask mandates.

Male Tourist Drinking Coconut Water

With masks no longer being required onboard U.S. planes, two popular American companies – Uber and Lyft – have also lifted their mask-wearing requirements in the U.S. and Canada.

And, just yesterday (21 April) we reported that Walt Disney World had scrapped its mask requirements across all of its parks.

Disney World Entrance Sign, Disney Parks, Florida, US

Last week it was announced that masks will no longer be required onboard Croatia Airline flights – which saw the company join a growing list of other airlines that no longer require passengers to wear a face mask.

Spain has also just relaxed its rules surrounding the requirement to wear a face mask – with masks no longer a legal requirement when inside indoor public spaces.

Read more:

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19 For 2022

U.S. Mask Mandate For Airlines Overturned By Federal Judge

Masks Officially No Longer Required On Planes in the U.S.

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Kel

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Typically brown shirt ideology....OH CANADA😱🥴

Rachel

Friday 22nd of April 2022

We escaped Canada last year to Mexico as we saw this coming. Two things to note about the situation in my homeland: 1. Trudeau was re-installed and is an illegitimate govt. This is not a theory. It's a documented fact.

2. Too many Canadians are STILL complying. They're stuck in a system of dependency on government.

I'm happy to see foreigners NOT support Canada. It's important.

Brie

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Bring back the truckers. Trudeau has got to go!

Dondonsurplage

Friday 22nd of April 2022

As long as the mask mandate is in place, I will spend my travel dollars elsewhere.

Ante

Friday 22nd of April 2022

You guys still doing this crap? :)

In Sweden the pandemic is over since long time and any useless mouth diaper we havent used anytime anywhere during the pandemic.

Funny to see the world still doing this :) Insane.

Tina

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

@Ante, same in Switzerland. Over and done.