Videos of “Karens” going viral for not wanting to wear a mask are popular in social media. Lufthansa Group airlines will allow those with health conditions to fly mask-free upon presentation of a medical certificate.
Passengers will be able to download the document from the retrospective airlines’ websites. In addition, passengers must also present a negative COVID-19 test, taken no longer than 48 hours prior to departure. This ensures maximum safety for the passengers travelling with them.
From today, passengers will be informed about the new requirements via the airlines’ websites and social media channels, as well as via e-mail and SMS. This will allow customers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new measures in good time.
The Lufthansa Group airlines introduced compulsory masks onboard their flights at the beginning of May and one of the first airlines in the world to do so. Exceptions to this rule were previously only possible with a medical certificate. The new rules on the compulsory wearing of masks now ensure even better protection for all passengers.
The airlines in the Lufthansa Group have introduced extensive hygiene measures onboard and on the ground. The Lufthansa Group is also in regular communications with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and national authorities to promote the ongoing development and harmonisation of health standards in air transport during the corona pandemic.
The risk of contracting the virus on board of an aircraft is very low. The cabins are equipped with filters that clean the air of contaminants such as dust, bacteria and viruses.
When planning a trip, customers are advised to check the individual country’s current entry requirements and quarantine regulations before booking.