From Monday, it is no longer necessary to wear face masks on airplanes. The European RIVM (ECDC) and the European Aviation Authority (EASA) no longer recommend this. Subsequently, Minister Kuipers of Public Health informed the House of Representatives in a letter this evening that, according to the RIVM, a face mask obligation on the aircraft may be cancelled.
According to ECDC and EASA, the relaxation can be implemented because the majority of Europeans have been vaccinated or cured of the corona virus. Also according to the RIVM, the obligation of the mouth cap now no longer has any added value.
Because the recommendation is not binding, airlines can deviate from it and continue to advise mouth masks. If you fly to a destination where a mask obligation still applies in public transport, it would be a good idea to also wear a mask on the plane, the ECDC and EASA say.
Advice to vulnerable groups
The ECDC and EASA also recommend wearing a mask if you constantly sneeze and cough. RIVM also advises travelers who belong to a vulnerable group to wear a medical mouth-nose mask or an FFP-2 mask for their own protection. This is comparable to the advice in public transport.
In the Netherlands, the mask obligation has been little enforced by airlines in recent months.