Wearing a mask when traveling by air is mandatory.

It is a key recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off guidance for safe operations during the pandemic,  developed jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO), governments and industry.

Face coverings can reduce COVID-19 transmission risk


According to a study from the University of Edinburgh, masks can limit the forward spread of droplets by more than 90% when you breathe, speak, cough or sneeze. They protect you and the people around you on the flight in the event you are asymptomatic.

Masks are:

  • More efficient if they fit properly and are worn correctly over the nose and mouth
  • More effective in combination with frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water or use of hand sanitizer


Wear a mask when you fly

Refusing to wear a mask could lead to penalties in many countries.

See our press release: Travelers Face Risk of Penalties for Refusing to Wear Face Coverings