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Countries Without Mask Mandates

We’ve all become accustomed to wearing masks in the last two years—especially when we’re traveling. However, some countries have already removed their mask mandates. 

As a result, travelers are free to make their own decisions on wearings masks in these nations:

The United Kingdom 

The United Kingdom has removed its legal requirement for travelers and citizens to wear masks. Although the U.K. government still recommends wearing masks in crowded spaces, travelers are free to make their own decisions. 

Because of devolution, the nations of the United Kingdom can make their own decisions on masks:

  • Scotland – Scotland has kept the mask mandate throughout the pandemic; however, this will end on March 21. 
  • Wales – Wales still has a mask mandate in shops, gyms, salons, etc. Most travelers, however, won’t visit Wales during their U.K. trip (although it’s beautiful there.)
  • Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland has removed the requirement to wear masks
  • England – England has removed the requirement to wear masks. 

Ireland 

Ireland has scrapped the legal requirement to wear masks in public places. Although they still recommend wearing masks in crowded places, there are no longer any laws. Until last month, the Irish government mandated the use of masks in shops, pubs, hotels, and other hospitality settings.

The government now only suggests mask-wearing if you’re vulnerable to COVID-19, if you’d tested positive, or you’re visiting a healthcare setting. Ireland has also become one of the world’s first nations to scrap all travel restrictions, making it one of the best places for travelers to visit. 

Sweden 

The Swedish government recommends that travelers wear face masks in all indoor or crowded spaces; however, it’s not a legal requirement and travelers can make their own decision. Sweden has also removed almost all COVID-19 restrictions. 

Sweden became notorious for being the only Western nation to refuse to lockdown in 2020. And, till this day, Sweden has maintained its relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. 

Norway 

norway travel

The Norwegian government recommends travelers wear face masks, but there’s no legal requirement to wear one. Norway scrapped all COVID-19 restrictions in February—including the requirement to wear face coverings in indoor areas. 

Norway has also removed all COVID-19 entry requirements for travelers, including the need to show proof of vaccination, complete a passenger locator form, and all testing requirements. 

Denmark

View Of Arrhus, Denmark

The Danish government recommends all travelers wear face masks, but there’s no longer a legal requirement to do so. Denmark became the first EU nation to remove all COVID-19 restrictions in early February. 

Just 6 weeks ago, the nation ended all restrictions on late-night alcohol sales, nightclubs, and ended the use of the Danish coronavirus app to enter venues. 

Canada 

Although the whole of Canada hasn’t scrapped the mask mandate, some parts of Canada no longer require face masks. For example, Alberta scrapped the legal requirement to wear masks in all indoor areas other than hospitals. 

Furthermore, British Columbia removed the mask mandate everywhere but doctor’s offices, patient contact areas, and federally regulated workplaces. We will keep you posted as the rest of Canada removes the mask mandate. 

The United States

NYC in winter

All states in the United States have ended the mask mandate. Hawaii became the last U.S. state to end the mask mandate for indoor venues this month. Most U.S. states recommend wearing face coverings in indoor venues, but it’s up to the discretion of the individual from March 26. 

The Hawaiian governor said: “We’re committed to moving the state forward and learning to live with Covid,” However, the U.S. government still mandates the use of face coverings on public transport, including airplanes and trains. 

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has announced that all Covid-19 restrictions were removed from February 16, 2022, including the mask mandate.

The nation is generally wide-open for visitors from the USA and Canada, but visitors from the UK still need a PCR test to enter.

Switzerland

Switzerland removed its indoor mask mandate on February 17, 2022. The only places where masks are still required include hospitals and public transit.

Iceland

Iceland was one of the first countries in 2022 to remove all their internal covid-related restrictions, as well as their entry requirements, returning to a pre-pandemic ‘normal’.

Iceland’s mask mandate was removed on February 25 with their official government site stating “Masks are not mandatory anywhere”

Maldives

The Maldive islands recently removed their entry requirements, state of emergency, along with their mandatory mask mandates on March 14, 2022. Now visitors can go mask-less in both indoor and outdoor settings, with the exception of hospitals.

Aruba

In February 2022, Aruba made masks optional for indoor spaces. They are only required at the airport. The island nation also removed its entry requirements March 19, 2022.

Netherlands

As of March 23, 2022, the Netherlands has removed mask mandates almost entirely. The only place they are still required is in the airport, after security. Some European airlines are no longer requiring masks on flights, so after security, if you board such an airline, they can be removed.

Poland

On March 28, 2022, Poland removed their indoor mask mandate. The only place anyone is now required to wear a mask is in health care facilities. Entry requirements were also removed on this day.

Latvia

On April 1, 2022, Latvia removed all their remaining entry requirements, along with their mask mandate. Masks are no longer needed for indoor public spaces such as shops, malls, museums, restaurants, etc. They are however still required for public transit and in high-risk situations like health care facilities.

France

While as of April 2022, France still has some entry requirements remaining at the border, many rules inside the country have been relaxed, including masks. Indoor masks are no longer needed in France, with the exception of public transit and health care institutions.

Croatia

Croatia recently removed its indoor mask mandate in April 2022, also including domestic flights and flights heading to destinations that have also removed mandates.

Czech Republic

Czechia removed its mask mandate back in March 2022, for almost all indoor places. The remaining areas, like hospitals and public transit, are expected to be removed after easter weekend in mid-April.

Final Thoughts

Most of the world still mandates the use of face coverings in indoor environments. In Asia, face masks are culturally normal even when there’s no pandemic. Europe, however, still has relatively strict mask requirements in most areas despite decreasing COVID-19 restrictions. 

We’ll update you when more countries drop mask mandates.

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Nate Crnkovich

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Austria is lifting all entry restrictions tonight. And Spain and Portugal are not lol

Winston

Sunday 1st of May 2022

You are doing god's work. This site gives hope, truth, and light!

R Dee

Thursday 28th of April 2022

This list quite out of date. Number of additions since Apr 12 'last updated date'. As of May 1 only country in Europe that I'm aware of still requiring masks in stores, restaurants, gyms is Greece. And only state or province in all of North America is Quebec. They are the final 2 of both continents.

Chris

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

@Kashlee Kucheran, I respect that there is a lot of content on the site and it would be impossible to keep it all updated, but in my opinion this article (which is not evergreen or a random one-off travel story) is the type of content that should be regularly refreshed. Especially seeing how your other COVID-related content (e.g. countries with no entry restrictions, countries allowing unvaccinated travelers) seems to be kept more up to date. I know a LOT of people look to Travel Off Path for accurate, unbiased information on this topic, so it seems an article about countries with no mask mandates should be a top candidate for regular updates seeing as this information is available in very few other places online. It’s obviously your site to run as you see fit, but just a suggestion.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 28th of April 2022

We do our best to update 5% of our articles that are most visited, but with over 5000 posts, we can't do them all, and the ones we do update usually aren't daily ;)

Carlos

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Switzerland doesn't require masks anymore in public transports since 1st of April.

Narrinder Taggar

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

I'm confused about USA as just recently NY confirmed children would have to remain wearing masks?

Chris

Thursday 14th of April 2022

@Narrinder Taggar, This is only in New York City where children under 5 are forced to wear masks in school/daycare. It does not apply to tourists with children. The only other places in New York City where masks are still "required" are the subway (although it's not enforced), some museums, and Broadway shows. The rest of the US is not reflective of New York City.