Face masks mandatory in several places

Face masks must be worn on trains, buses, trams and metros, in taxis and on commercial passenger transport, and on aircraft and at airports (from the security check onwards). This applies to everyone aged 13 and over.

Read the rules on face masks in Bulgarian, Chinese, English, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Turkish.

Settings in which face masks are mandatory

Wearing a face mask is required by law in the following settings:

  • on trains, buses, trams and metros, in taxis and on commercial passenger transport; and
  • on aircraft and at airports (from the security checks onwards)

On aircraft and public transport you must keep your face mask on at all times, even while seated. You are not required to wear a face mask on platforms, at stops or in stations.

Indoor spaces: building manager decides

Building managers can decide that you must wear a face mask in their building, even if face masks are not required there by law. They can include a face mask requirement in their house rules. Protocols have been drawn up in some sectors including for:

  • healthcare locations, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices and physiotherapy centres;
  • community centres, churches and mosques;
  • testing centres and vaccination centres run by the municipal health service (GGD).

Reason that face masks are mandatory

The face mask requirement now applies only in places where it is not always possible to stay 1.5 metres away from others. This measure is intended to help stop coronavirus from spreading. Wearing a face mask mainly protects others around you. And if others wear a face mask, they are protecting you.


If you do not wear a face mask in a place where you must wear one, you may be fined.

Face masks not harmful

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that face masks are not harmful. They do not cause a lack of oxygen or carbon dioxide poisoning. Oxygen and carbon dioxide can simply pass through the face mask.

Wearing a mask may sometimes be a little uncomfortable, so you should wear one that fits you well.

Exempted from wearing face masks