WEARING A FACE MASK FOR TRAVEL WITH AIR FRANCE

For the health and safety of all, the wearing of a surgical mask is mandatory from the moment you arrive at the airport and throughout your Air France flight.

Surgical masks on their own are not a guarantee against transmission. However, when combined with other personal safety measures, they provide effective protection against the virus.

WHAT ARE THE AUTHORIZED TYPES OF MASKS?

It is mandatory to wear a surgical mask or an FFP1, FFP2 or FFP3 type mask, without an exhaust valve, on board (decree n°2020-663 of 31 May 2020).

It is strongly recommended to wear your mask as soon as you arrive at the airport. Cloth masks and masks with exhaust valves are not authorized.
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.
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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
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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.
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Since 11 May 2020, it is mandatory to wear a surgical mask in all public transport in France. All passengers, including children aged 11 and above must wear a surgical mask from the moment they arrive at the airport and throughout their flight. You will be denied boarding if you are not wearing a surgical mask.
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Since 11 May 2020, it is mandatory to wear a surgical mask in all public transport in France. You will be denied boarding if you are not wearing one. Please note that face masks are mandatory in many other countries as well.
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It is mandatory for children aged 11 and above to wear a face mask, and recommended that children aged between 3 and 11 wear one. Face masks are not recommended for children aged 3 or below.

Children should be reminded to wash their hands properly and to keep their distance from adults and other children.
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With the exception of meal times, face masks must be worn throughout the flight. It is recommended that you change your face mask after eating or drinking. As a result, we suggest that you bring several masks with you based on the duration of your flight.
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Yes, all Air France staff wear surgical masks, both on the ground and in the air.
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Since 11 May 2020, it is mandatory to wear a face mask in all public transport in France. Failure to do so may attract a fine. On 31 May 2020, the French government made the wearing of a surgical mask compulsory on board flights (decree n° 2020-663 on 31 May 2020).
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For the health and safety of all, the wearing of a face mask is mandatory from the moment you arrive at the airport and throughout your Air France flight.

Face masks on their own are not a guarantee against transmission. However, when combined with other personal safety measures, they provide effective protection against the virus.
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Passengers under the age of 11 are not required to wear a face mask. If you are unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons, you will need: 

  • A prescription written and signed by your physician stating you are unable to wear a mask or to wear a mask safely.
or
  • A medical exemption form signed and stamped by your physician. You can download and print this form online. You will need to bring this document with you on your trip.

The prescription and medical exemption forms are intended to supplement other required health documents which may be required for air travel. Please check all travel requirements before your departure (health pass, vaccination certificate, negative COVID-19 test result, etc.). 

You will be asked to present original copies of these documents to an Air France agent during check-in. You will not be able to travel if you do not have the required documents with you. We ask that you arrive early on the day of travel to complete the check-in process to avoid missing your flight.

Mask exemptions only apply for travel on flights operated by Air France. They do not exempt customers from any other requirements imposed by local and foreign governments or from measures imposed by other airlines.

Each mask exemption is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please consult your departure, connection and arrival locations for local mask requirements.
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