Passengers on all flights in and out of Germany will be required to wear N95/FFP2 masks until 7th April 2023. Masks are also compulsory on long distance public transport within Germany.
The original guidelines were valid until 23rd September 2022 but have now been extended by the German Cabinet (subject to expected parliamentary approval).
Children under 6 are completely exempt and do not need to wear a mask. Airline staff and children aged 6-14 will be permitted to wear more comfortable medical masks instead. Exemptions are also made for people with medical issues, but do require a doctor’s note.
This may well impact on Lufthansa’s bookings, as many passengers find the prospect of having to wear an N95 mask distinctly unappealing, particularly on a medium/ long haul flight. It would certainly be a factor to consider when comparing flight options.
Such a move seems counter to the direction other countries are moving in – the easing of restrictions seems to be pretty much everywhere.
The new regulations still need to go to Germany’s lower and upper houses of parliament for approval, where they are expected to pass. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds or unravels…
Would having to wear a mask influence your travel plans?