Current face mask rules for popular holiday spots like Spain, Greece and France

Holidays are back for Scots, and while more countries continue to relax Covid restrictions, some have even cut travel rules altogether.

Face masks are no longer legally required across the UK, but there are places they are still asked for, like at large gatherings or healthcare facilities.

As of now, face masks are still mandatory in popular holiday hotspots, such as Greece, Cyprus and Malta.

But there are plenty of destinations that have been easing local Covid rules, including masks, the Mirror reports.

For example, Spain just relaxed rules for face masks this week, as face coverings are no longer mandatory indoors, while this week Portugal’s Health Minister said that face masks would no longer be mandatory, except for public transport and the likes of care homes.

We take a look at the latest face mask rules for popular holiday hotspots below…


It is currently mandatory in Greece to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces.

The UK Foreign Office warns travellers: “In certain areas, such as in supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will be required to wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask .”

However these rules are set to be scrapped in time for the summer holidays.

The country’s Minister of Health, Thanos Plevris, confirmed this month that Greece is set to scrap local Covid rules from May which will include the end of compulsory face masks indoors from June 1.


Turkey has relaxed its Covid rules which includes no longer requiring people to wear masks indoors or outdoors – the caveat being that there needs to be adequate air circulation and social distancing.

Greece is set to scrap local Covid rules by June 1


Portugal’s Health Minister announced this week that face masks would no longer be mandatory for indoor spaces, except for the likes of public transport and the care homes.

Face coverings were also no longer mandatory outdoors, provided that social distancing can still be maintained.

According to the Foreign Office: “In mainland Portugal and in the autonomous region of the Azores, you are also advised to wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 1.5 m social distance from other members of the public. In the autonomous region of Madeira, the use of a mask outdoors is mandatory where social distancing is not possible.”


Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including in restaurants and bars unless you’re seated and eating or drinking.

You’re not required to wear a face covering when in outdoor public spaces.

Children aged under three are exempt from face mask rules.


Earlier this week, Spain relaxed its face mask rules meaning these are no longer mandatory in indoor spaces. They were no longer mandatory for outdoor spaces.

However, face coverings remain compulsory for anyone aged six or over using Spain’s public transport. This will also include passengers on flights to Spain.

Other exceptions include if you’re visiting a hospital or other healthcare venues such as pharmacies and dentists, or if you’re visiting a care or nursing home.

Spain has partially ended the near two-year-long mandatory use of masks indoors


Face masks are no longer compulsory in both indoor and outdoor settings in France. They are however mandatory for anyone aged six or over who is using French public transport – and the Foreign Office warns that you could be hit with a fine if you don’t comply with this rule.


Croatia has relaxed its face mask restrictions, meaning you no longer need to wear them for indoor and outdoor settings. However, where there are large gatherings you may be asked to wear a face covering.

The Foreign Office notes that some airlines and transport providers will still require you to wear a mask, so check their guidelines too before your trip.


Under Italy’s current rules, face masks remain mandatory indoors for anyone aged five or over.

They are also compulsory on public transport, at public events both indoors and outdoors, as well as venues such as cinemas, theaters and clubs. However according to the UK Foreign Office these rules will be eased from April 30.

It’s also worth noting that all passengers arriving into the country by plane, ferry, train or coach will be required to wear an FFP2 mask in order to be granted entry into the country.

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Face masks are compulsory in all indoor public spaces, but not outdoors. The rules apply to anyone aged six and above, and those who don’t comply could face a €300 fine.

Beautiful landscape near of Nissi beach and Cavo Greco in Ayia Napa, Cyprus island, Mediterranean Sea. Amazing blue green sea and sunny day.
Masks must still be worn indoors in Cyprus


Face masks are still required in enclosed spaces.

Wearing a medical-grade mask remains a legal requirement in retail outlets and on public transport. The Foreign Office warns: “Often an FFP-2 mask is required and you should make sure you have an FFP-2 mask with you..”

  • Covid rules and restrictions can change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for a destination before booking or going on a trip.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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