With the U.S. mask mandate no longer in force, many foreign carriers have dropped masking requirements for U.S. flags. Two large flag carriers, however, will still require masks…for now.
List Of Carriers Which Still Require Masks To USA
All U.S. airlines have dropped masking requirements, except on flights to destinations in which masks are required. That includes France and Germany.
Indeed, Air France and Lufthansa will continue to require masks for all passengers onboard flights, citing local regulations. Masks are also required on other Lufthansa group carriers including Austrian and Brussels Airlines, but no longer on LOT Polish.
Gulf carriers are still officially requiring masks, though Qatar Airways is reportedly no longer enforcing the mask mandate in business class on flights equipped with Qsuites.
Masks are still necessary when traveling on:
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Brussels Airlines
- Korean Air
- Singapore Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- TAP Air Portugal
- Turkish Airlines
Meanwhile, many foreign carriers have dropped mask requirements to the USA.
Masks are no longer necessary when traveling on:
- British Airways
- LOT Polish
- Virgin Atlantic
These lists may rapidly change, particularly those carriers which continue to make wearing masks obligatory, but for now transatlantic carriers are rather evenly split when it comes to whether masks are required or not.
Just because masks are not required does not mean you cannot wear them. I flew via Frankfurt last week and found that about 70% of passengers voluntarily chose to wear masks (down from the 95% then Ben from One Mile At A Time reported a week earlier).
Many flights attendants and other airline staff are just figuring the new and relaxed regulations, so do exercise some patience if you are are given conflicting info or encounter an airline employee who might not be aware of masking regulators which have just changed.
As of now, European carriers are split when it comes to mandatory masking onboard. Officially at least, masks are still required on the three major Gulf carriers. I tend to think most, if not all, will move to voluntary masking in the days ahead, but if you can now choose accordingly based upon your preference.
Will you go out of your way to choose a carrier based upon its mask policy?
image: Turkish Airlines