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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 removed its indoor mask mandate on February 17, 2022. The only places where masks are still required include hospitals and public transit.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 recently removed its indoor mask mandate in April 2022, also including domestic flights and flights heading to destinations that have also removed mandates.
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.
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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