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How to wear a face mask


As per the latest government rules, it’s an absolute must to wear a face mask while you’re travelling. Travel safe and smart by getting the right type of mask and making sure you know how to wear it correctly before you take off. If you fail to wear a face mask, you’ll be breaking the law and could be fined.

Remember, you’ll need to wear your mask…

  • Before you enter the airport
  • In the airport
  • On your flights
  • On your transfers
  • Possibly in parts of your hotel
  • Around your holiday resort if local laws say so

While you’re travelling, you can only take off your mask when we ask to ID you at the boarding gate and to eat and drink. But remember, you must put it straight back on when you’ve finished.

Remember, everyone needs to wear a face mask apart from children under six years old and people that can’t wear a mask for medical reasons. There may be some destination specific information you need to know about face masks too, so please check the FCDO website.

Your step-by-step guide to wearing a face mask

1. Get the right type

You need a medical-style mask or a fitted face covering (reusable or disposable) and coverings such as scarves, snoods, balaclavas or similar items are a no-no.

2. Prep your hands

Before putting on or taking off your mask, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.

3. Put it on

Lift the mask to your face using the straps and then loop them around each ear. Put the top part of the mask over your nose, then pull the bottom part over your mouth and chin.

4. Adjust to fit

Smooth down across your face to close any gaps and pinch the shape-forming nose bridge if there is one to improve the fit.

5. Take it off

Reach behind your ears and use the straps to lift the mask off your face. And don’t touch the front that’s been in contact with your nose and mouth.

6. Looking after your mask

If your mask is disposable, it’s recommended you change it every 4 hours. And throw it straight in a bin when you’ve finished with it. If it’s reusable, wear it once and keep it in its own bag until you can wash it.

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