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Old Feb 1, 23, 7:38 am
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Masking no longer being enforced

BR BKK-TPE today. Masking not enforced, most people in business class that I saw didnít wear one.
In TPE airport and BR lounge, masking not being enforced and many people not wearing one.
Letís see what happens on my flight from TPE to SEA (about an hour from now).

Contrast with my trip to Bangkok in late December 2022, where masking was enforced both on the plane and in TPE airport.
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Old Feb 1, 23, 8:34 am
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Not enforced ex-TPE to USA either.
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Old Feb 2, 23, 6:37 pm
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Wait they still have masks? So if I am flying SFO-TPE next week I have to wear a mask?
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Old Feb 4, 23, 4:28 pm
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Does anyone know if EVA has any plans to end in-flight mask requirements any time soon? It seems Western airlines and Taiwan itself as a country has ended requirements, but I notice Eva, and from what I can see, all Asian airlines generally have kept these requirements in place.

For a 14 hour flight I just don't think I can endure it.

I need to fly into Taipei from LAX in March, and EVA is my preferred carrier but because of the mask requirements I've been trying to find an alternative.

This only seems to leave me with airlines like United and Delta, but the only flights I can find are not direct - so much longer time on the plane, with long lay overs. And ironically these flights appear to be more expensive than the direct Asian options!

If anyone has the lowdown on possible policy changes in the near future or can make suggestions for other carriers I might not be aware of, which would be a good alternative, I'd appreciate it!
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Old Feb 4, 23, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by velivolus View Post
Does anyone know if EVA has any plans to end in-flight mask requirements any time soon? It seems Western airlines and Taiwan itself as a country has ended requirements, but I notice Eva, and from what I can see, all Asian airlines generally have kept these requirements in place.

For a 14 hour flight I just don't think I can endure it.

I need to fly into Taipei from LAX in March, and EVA is my preferred carrier but because of the mask requirements I've been trying to find an alternative.

This only seems to leave me with airlines like United and Delta, but the only flights I can find are not direct - so much longer time on the plane, with long lay overs. And ironically these flights appear to be more expensive than the direct Asian options!

If anyone has the lowdown on possible policy changes in the near future or can make suggestions for other carriers I might not be aware of, which would be a good alternative, I'd appreciate it!
Taiwan (Republic of China is the official country name) has not dropped its indoor masking rules. There were planning on announcing it this past week but the numbers were going up again. So, this is TBD and mass transit (and I guess airplanes) is expected to lift WELL AFTER the regular indoor rule is lifted. This is the government's website: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En / https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Category/N...Uv8RGSbvmzLwFg

They lifted their outdoor requirement in December but in Taipei nearly 100% of the people still wear masks outdoors also - either for convenience (since they need to go indoors), extra protection or warmth.

Yes, the ears hurt after a while. A real N95 where the band is around the head helps.

Some people are reporting that the FAs are not enforcing the rules but one needs to respect local rules. If masking bothers you, you are better off avoiding Taiwan where masking is treated as common sense and courtesy.
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Old Feb 5, 23, 6:56 am
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Flew business NYC-SGN few weeks ago and did not have to wear one. Didn't see anyone wear one in their seat. Some will wear when they get up to use the lav. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old Feb 5, 23, 1:04 pm
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Flew business NYC-SGN few weeks ago and did not have to wear one. Didn't see anyone wear one in their seat. Some will wear when they get up to use the lav. I wouldn't worry about it.
also couple weeks ago dp but lax agents were making sure everyone were wearing one during boarding... but on the plane, im not sure if it was enforced or not.
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Old Feb 6, 23, 7:52 am
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Flew 4 segments on BR (TPE-SEA / TPE-DPS) both round trip, and masking was not enforced on any flight. They make an announcement that masks are required "at all times" but not once did FAs on any flight ever tell anyone to wear a mask, even if they got up to use the lav. In practice, most people seemed to wear one when going to the lav but lots took it off while at their seat and it did not seem to be an issue, especially in J.
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Old Feb 13, 23, 7:11 am
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Flew 4 segments on BR (TPE-SEA / TPE-DPS) both round trip, and masking was not enforced on any flight. They make an announcement that masks are required "at all times" but not once did FAs on any flight ever tell anyone to wear a mask, even if they got up to use the lav. In practice, most people seemed to wear one when going to the lav but lots took it off while at their seat and it did not seem to be an issue, especially in J.
Yes flew two long hauls late last month and there was no enforcement. I flew in PE. In J they stopped enforcing it even last year.
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Old Feb 13, 23, 10:21 am
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In J they stopped enforcing it even last year.
I flew 10 segments in J between SEA, TPE, and BKK in late 2022 (including late December), and masking was enforced on all of them.
I flew 2 segments in J BKK-TPE-SEA on 1 Feb 2023, and masking was enforced on neither of them.
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Old Feb 13, 23, 5:33 pm
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Sounds like it's simply not an issue anymore. I'm glad I'll be able to fly EVA after all, as they are my preferred carrier!
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Old Feb 14, 23, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by velivolus View Post
Thanks everyone for your replies. Sounds like it's simply not an issue anymore. I'm glad I'll be able to fly EVA after all, as they are my preferred carrier!
Even in the lounge in TPE there were people with masks and without masks and no one was enforcing them.
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Old Feb 16, 23, 1:17 am
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Sounds like it's simply not an issue anymore. I'm glad I'll be able to fly EVA after all, as they are my preferred carrier!
To me, it is an issue that EVA is not enforcing the rule of the TW government.

The indoor mask rule will be lifted soon (20 February) but you have to continue to wear mask in hospitals and transit, including airplanes.

I would say at least have a mask with you - especially if you cough, have a runny nose or sneeze. It is common courtesy in Taiwan to do that - especially the rules say you should have your mask on. Don't be the foreigner who do not respect local rules.
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Old Feb 21, 23, 8:00 am
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Just completed IAH-TPE-HAN and returned yesterday BKK-TPE-IAH all in business. Very few people wore masks, not enforced at all.

No masking enforced at TPE either, within the airport and in the lounge.
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Old Feb 22, 23, 5:02 pm
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Masking was enforced on BR25 from SEA to TPE on my flight last night.

Not super-emphatically, but more than inexperienced a few weeks ago and more than I expected.
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