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Wearing a face mask for travel with Air France

Surgical masks (without a valve) are strongly recommended on board our aircraft from the age of 6. However, they may be required on board or at the airport depending on your departing and destination countries. Please make sure to check the travel requirements related to your trip before departure on TravelDoc.

What are the authorized types of masks?

Masks are strongly recommended on board our aircraft. Surgical masks or FFP1, 2, 3 (without valve) masks may be required on board or at the airport depending on your destination country. Please check the type of mask required for your trip on TravelDoc.

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What are the differences between a surgical mask and a universal mask?

A surgical mask filters at least 95% of particles as small as 3 microns in size, and serves a dual purpose - it obviously filters particles emitted by the mask wearer, but according to the French National Research and Safety Institute, it also protects the person wearing the mask against droplets emitted by a person facing them. The surgical mask both filters inhaled and expired air.

How should I safely put on and wear a face mask?

In order for face masks to provide effective protection, it is important to follow the advisory and instructions issued by local health authorities. The following recommendations apply to all types of face masks.

  • Before putting on a face mask, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Place the mask over your nose and mouth, making sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it, and replace it with a new one after you eat or drink, or if it gets damp.
  • Before removing a face mask, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Remove the mask from behind by holding the elastic bands, being careful to not touch the front of the mask. Discard disposable masks immediately in a closed bin. Reusable cloth masks should be placed in a sealable plastic bag.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Read the World Health Organization's recommendations

How long can I wear the same face mask?

It is recommended to not wear the same face mask for more than 4 hours, or after drinking or eating. As a result, we suggest that you bring several masks with you based on the duration of your flight.

I am exempt from wearing a mask. What documents do I need to travel?

If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, you must present a legible medical certificate signed and stamped by your healthcare provider. You should plan to arrive at the airport early enough to have this document verified at check-in. You will need to present the original copy. Keep this document with you throughout your trip, as you may be asked for it at any time. Please note that this document is intended to supplement other required documents which may be required for air travel (vaccination certificate, negative Covid-19 test...). Please check the travel requirements for your trip on TravelDoc prior to departure. Each exemption is examined on a case-by-case basis and applies only to travel with Air France. It does not exempt you from complying with the rules imposed by local and foreign governments, and by other airlines, regarding the wearing of masks. Please check these rules before your departure. We remind you that any false declaration may expose you to legal action.