Gatwick Airport face mask rules and do you always have to wear one inside the terminals?

With mid-term already underway for some Sussex schools, many families will be flying overseas to soak up the winter sunshine.

Traveling has become a bit easier for holidaymakers as fully vaccinated passengers will no longer have to take any type of Covid test before traveling to England.

Nor will they have to isolate themselves.

Read more: Spain, France and Greece for holidays with TUI, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and BA

The rules have also been relaxed for unvaccinated passengers, who will not have to take an eighth-day test or self-isolate.

However, some passengers may wonder if they should wear a face mask when traveling from Gatwick Airport.

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While people in England are no longer legally required to wear face masks in most public spaces, they are still recommended in some places.

And each airline has its own rules on face masks, so it’s important to read that before packing your bags.

To help you plan your holiday, we’ve researched whether face masks are required at Gatwick Airport, as well as on easyJet and British Airways flights.

Do I have to wear a face mask at Gatwick Airport?

No, you are not legally required to wear a face mask at the airport.

However, airport bosses are still recommending passengers wear face coverings while at the airport, according to the Gatwick website.

“We continue to recommend that passengers wear face coverings while at the airport,” it read.

“Our staff continue to wear masks for your safety and theirs.”

The guidelines also say that airlines “may have specific rules and guidelines in place” regarding face masks, stressing that passengers should check this before travelling.

What about when I’m on a flight?

Passengers preparing to board an easyJet flight to Faro, Portugal at Gatwick Airport.
Passengers preparing to board an easyJet flight to Faro, Portugal at Gatwick Airport

If you are flying with easyJet, you will need to wear a mask, according to the company’s website.

The airline adds that passengers who do not wear a mask will not be allowed to board the flight.

“Face masks must be worn at the airport, at the gate when boarding the plane and throughout the flight,” the guide says.

“Passengers not wearing a mask will not be able to board the plane.”

Face masks must also be worn if you are flying British Airways (BA), unless you are exempt, the airline’s website points out.

“While the rules are easing, here at British Airways the wearing of face masks is still our policy and we will require you to wear a face mask at the airport and on board unless you are exempt,” says BA .

He adds that you will be “asked to remove your mask for any passport control, but our colleagues will advise you when to do so”.

Holidaymakers are also allowed to remove their face masks “for a reasonable time” to allow them to eat or drink.

But, when you are not eating or drinking, your face mask should be worn.

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