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Which Countries Still Have Mask Mandates?

Although the majority of countries around the world have dropped all entry restrictions going into 2023, including vaccination requirements and pre-departure COVID tests, there are still a number of countries with mask mandates in place.

Woman taking off face mask

As of the end of 2022, more than 150 countries have dropped all entry restrictions.

This is a far cry from two years ago, when there were no more than half a dozen countries on this list, or even one year ago, when much of the world was still mired in COVID regulations.

However, some countries (including those that have dropped vaccine and testing requirements) may still have mask mandates in place.

Woman Wearing Mask While Traveling

This information is less readily available than other COVID-related restrictions, so this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all countries that still have mask mandates in place.

The countries on this list are popular destinations that may have dropped other restrictions, but still have some form of mask mandates in place.

Although you can breathe freely knowing the majority of countries around the world no longer require masks in any situation, these countries still have mask mandates entering 2023:

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Woman Wearing Mask in Airport

Ecuador

Although Ecuador had originally dropped its indoor mask mandate in late April of this year, it was reinstated on December 8 and applies to “indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.”

Brazil

In late November, Brazil made headlines for reinstating its mask mandate in certain environments, including at the airport and on airplanes.

Woman riding a bicycle wearing a mask

Colombia

Masks are still required on public transportation, including at airports and on airplanes.

Hong Kong

Although Hong Kong finally dropped most entry restrictions after being completely closed to tourism for close to three years, the indoor mask mandate is unfortunately still in place for all indoor settings.

South Korea

Although South Korea dropped all travel restrictions in October, there’s still an indoor mask mandate for all indoor settings. Anyone who doesn’t comply risks being fined.

However, this may be lifted in January 2023.

Commuters Wearing Face Masks In Seoul, Capital Region Of South Korea

Indonesia

Although Indonesia relaxed its strict mask regulations earlier this year, masks are still required on public transportation and in “closed spaces” around the country.

Cambodia

Masks are still required on public transportation, including at the airport and on airplanes.

Vietnam

Masks are still required on public transportation, including at the airport and on airplanes.

Vietnam During COVID-19

Austria

Although most of Austria has dropped its mask mandate, the city of Vienna still requires masks to be worn on public transportation and in pharmacies. And not just any mask will do: Vienna requires the use of a heavy-duty FFP2 mask.

Germany

Germany still requires masks to be worn on all public transportation throughout the country, including trains and buses.

Metro Passengers Wearing Face Masks During Covid Pandemic In Berlin, Germany

Spain

Another European country still clinging to mask mandates is Spain. A mask mandate for public transportation is still in place through at least March 2023, and this includes airplanes.

Greece

In Greece, it’s still required to wear a mask on public transportation (including ferries) and in pharmacies.

Egypt

Although Egypt reopened without any restrictions this summer, the country still has a strict indoor mask mandate in place.

Anyone who does not comply with the indoor mask mandate risks being fined or prosecuted.

Which Countries Do Not Have Mask Mandates?

Out of the 150+ countries that have dropped all entry restrictions, the majority of these countries no longer have any mask mandates in place and very few people continue to wear masks.

However, in certain countries, especially in Latin America and Asia, mask mandates and voluntary mask-wearing persist.

It’s always a good idea to research a country independently before visiting in order to confirm the current mask requirements, if any apply.

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Alan in CLT

Monday 23rd of January 2023

Germany does not require masks on public transportation. I was there in November and didn’t see anyone wearing one. They did propose reinstating the requirement (including on planes) until, as I recall, March 2023 but quickly back pedaled. If that info isn’t correct I wonder how accurate any of this is!

Lucia

Sunday 22nd of January 2023

No mask can prevent against virusses only hassmat-suits can.... but thanks to years of dumbing down and people rather dying than pick up a good book to read, people are nowadays too stupid to wipe their behind without "proper instructions". Ohhhh Pleassse tell us what to do... dear corrupt politicians and "too big to fall corrupt Big Pharma" Oh yeah tell us you of of little IQ's....At least most people's IQ (viral/nano-sized) would also be able to penetrate the masks. Yeah seriously.... stupid people!!!!

Kris

Friday 6th of January 2023

What is this article? "... which is unfortunately still in place for indoor settings." Unfortunately? Their country their rules. God forbid they're trying to stop spread of illness and being considerate to others on public transport. If you can't be bothered to simply put on a mask on public transport, I don't know what to say. Probably the type of tourists you hear about that go around disrespecting temples in asia.

Oh but "muh freedom to not wear a face diaper!" And one wonders why Americans had one of the highest covid death rates in the world? Mystery.

C

Saturday 21st of January 2023

@Kris, Its good to know which countries have mask mandates so one can consider going or not going. Personally I am and always was against mandatory masks in any situation and so I will not travel to any country that has mandates.

B

Friday 20th of January 2023

@Kris, Agreed, this article was hard to read....

John

Friday 6th of January 2023

In Thailand, some settings still require masks. In fact, the government is trying to make tourists wear masks again and some signs point towards a return to mask mandates in all public areas.

Su

Thursday 5th of January 2023

My son is in Sicily. He says the clerks at the grocery store have started wearing masks again. Anyone know if Italy has required them again?