These Countries Still Have Mask Mandates Going Into 2023

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Which countries still have mask mandates?

Although the majority of countries around the world have dropped all entry restrictions going into 2023, including vaccination requirements and pre-departure COVID tests, there are still a number of countries with mask mandates in place.

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As of the end of 2022, more than 150 countries have dropped all entry restrictions.

This is a far cry from two years ago, when there were no more than half a dozen countries on this list, or even a year ago, when much of the world was still mired in COVID regulations.

However, some countries (including those that have dropped vaccination and testing requirements) may still have mask mandates in place.

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This information is less readily available than other COVID-related restrictions, so this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all countries that still have mask mandates in place.

The countries on this list are popular destinations that have dropped other restrictions but still have some form of mask mandates in place.

Although you can breathe easy knowing that the majority of countries around the world no longer require masks in any situation, these countries still have mask mandates coming in in 2023:

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Although Ecuador originally dropped its indoor mask mandate at the end of April of this year, it was reinstated on December 8 and applies to “indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.”


In late November, Brazil made headlines for reinstating its mask mandate in certain environments, including at airports and on airplanes.

Woman rides a bike with a mask


Masks are still required on public transport, including at airports and on planes.

Hong Kong

Although Hong Kong has finally dropped most entry restrictions after being completely closed to tourism for nearly three years, the indoor mask mandate is unfortunately still in place for all indoor settings.

South Korea

Although South Korea dropped all travel restrictions in October, there is still an indoor mask mandate for all indoor settings. Those who do not comply risk receiving a fine.

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However, this can be lifted in January 2023.

Commuters wear face masks in Seoul, South Korea's capital region


Although Indonesia relaxed its strict mask regulations earlier this year, masks are still required on public transport and in “closed spaces” around the country.


Masks are still required on public transport, including at the airport and on planes.


Masks are still required on public transport, including at the airport and on planes.

Vietnam During COVID-19


Although most of Austria has dropped its mask mandate, the city of Vienna still requires masks to be worn on public transport and in pharmacies. And not just any mask will do: Who requires the use of a heavy FFP2 mask.


Germany still requires masks to be worn on all public transport across the country, including trains and buses.

Metro passengers wear face masks during the Covid pandemic in Berlin, Germany


Another European country that still adheres to mask mandates is Spain. A mask mandate for public transport is still in place until at least March 2023, and this includes airplanes.


In Greece, it is still mandatory to wear a mask on public transport (including ferries) and in pharmacies.

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Although Egypt reopened this summer without restrictions, the country still has a strict indoor mask mandate in place.

Anyone who does not comply with the indoor mask mandate risks being fined or convicted.

Which countries have no mask mandates?

Of the 150+ countries that have dropped all entry restrictions, the majority of these countries no longer have mask mandates in place and very few people continue to wear masks.

However, in certain countries, particularly in Latin America and Asia, mask mandates and voluntary mask wearing persist.

It is always a good idea to research a country independently before visiting to confirm the current mask requirements, if they apply.

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