Do I have to wear a face mask on holiday? Latest advice including Spain, France and Greece

FACE masks have become mandatory in a number of holiday hotspots in Europe, as cases of coronavirus have spiked.

Tourists may face steep fines if they are caught not wearing them, even if they are confused by the new rules.

In the UK, it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport. They will also be mandatory in shops from July 24, with £100 fines for rule-breakers.

Here is everything you need to know about wearing masks on holiday this year.


In Spain, regions are introducing strict face mask rules after cases spike again.

In Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, face masks must be worn at all times in public, including at swimming pools and at beaches.

These can only be removed when going to swim in the water, and must be worn even if social distancing.

The same rules are in place in Benidorm, the Balearic Islands and the Costa del Sol as well.

For the rest of Spain, face masks are obligatory in public spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of 1.5m.

Kids under six and anyone with respiratory problems are exempt from the rules.


In Greece, face masks must be worn on public transport which includes flights and ferries between the islands.

Strict rules are being relaxed, with Brits likely to have to wear them at the airport, but not at their hotels.


In Italy, face masks must be worn in shops and attractions, including bars or restaurants unless sitting down, so when paying or using the bathrooms.

They must also be worn in hotel communal areas.

Public transport users must also wear them, with any areas where it isn't possible to social distance also requiring face coverings.

The only area it is mandatory for all outdoor areas is in Lombardy, the region hit badly by coronavirus.


Face masks are not yet compulsory in France, unless on public transport.

However, face coverings will be mandatory in all shops from August 1, with £122 fines for anyone caught without one.


Face masks must be worn on public transport and in shops or closed places with crowds.

Brits are not yet able to return to Portugal with the UK government advising against it.

We've revealed how you can make your own masks to take with you on holiday or to use in the UK.

Otherwise here are the best places to buy reusable face masks online.

ASOS, Amazon and even Boots are now selling the masks.

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