Currently Italy has a mask mandate inside long distance trains. I am to take a train from Italy to Switzerland, where masks are not mandatory anywhere.

Once the train crosses the border into Switzerland, can I legally remove my mask?

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    If in doubt, ask the conductor or just see what everybody else is doing. Wearing a mask is always the safest choice in a train
    – Hilmar
    Commented Apr 12, 2022 at 13:27
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    Probably depends on the train, its operator, the staff on board…
    – jcaron
    Commented Apr 12, 2022 at 13:35
  • You can certainly do it after you pass the first Swiss station.
    – xngtng
    Commented Apr 12, 2022 at 13:42
  • Your question is unclear. Do you mean can you legally remove your mask? Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 21:43
  • No train operator in Switzerland currently requires you to wear a mask. Commented Apr 15, 2022 at 18:37

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Once the train is in Switzerland the Swiss rules apply. There is not a single train operator in Switzerland that requires masks. So you can remove your mask once in Switzerland.

  • This turned out to be the correct answer. Commented Apr 19, 2022 at 16:24

Just because there is not a government mandate to mask doesn't necessarily mean that the train operator doesn't have their own rules. For example, Trenitalia currently says (Google Translate): "Its necessary to wear an FFP2 type mask to protect the nose and mouth for the duration of the trip". The best way to find out for sure would be to ask the conductor about it - they'll know the latest rules and regulations aboard their own train.

That being said, Italy is expected to lift their masking rules by May, so this question should cease to be relevant as masking will become voluntary in both nations.

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    Trenitalia operates not a single train in Switzerland, so their rules do not apply. Commented Apr 15, 2022 at 18:33

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