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To help!  We are going to Europe and have no idea what masks to take.


As for how to stock up: Surgical masks are readily available at online retailers like Amazon or Target. And while it was difficult, if not impossible, to find respirator masks like the N95s at the start of the pandemic, they are more readily available now. On its website, Wirecutter has a comprehensive list of the different types of medical masks and where to buy the ones you can trust.

And what happens after I land?

Most airport and airline requirements are well defined, so travelers can safely assume that the mask they wear in flight will be the one that remains during baggage claim.

Are masks mandatory on trains or buses in Europe?

Basically, yes. Country-specific mask requirements for airplanes and airports generally apply to all forms of public transport, including trains and buses. But that does not mean that the standards will be universally applied; unlike an Air France agent at Charles de Gaulle airport, for example, a bus driver in a small French town cannot look twice at a cloth mask.

I would like to eat in a restaurant or visit a museum. Do I have to wear a mask?

While indoor masking rules are some of the most confusing parts of a multi-stop European trip – just like in the United States, they are usually set by regional or local governments – signs will be everywhere, from restaurants to museums. If in doubt, just ask.

Travelers may also find a growing number of commonalities: many countries, including those you visit, require customers to present some form of proof, whether paper or digital, of vaccination status, recovery from Covid -19 or virus test results. in order to enter interior places such as restaurants. Large, high-capacity indoor venues like museums require masks almost everywhere, regardless of health passport or vaccination status, although the type of mask acceptable varies by location.

Rules in small indoor places like restaurants depend on a number of factors – from national or city-specific guidelines to an individual owner’s health policies.


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