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Around the world, local and national governments are relaxing, if not completely lifting, the restrictions that have dramatically changed daily life for many over the last two years. With help from the Alliance for National Health International, let’s go on a world tour to get an overview of current restrictions by country.

For each country represented on the map, four metrics are considered: mask mandates, vaccine mandates, the use of vaccine passports, and the easing of restrictions. The status of these metrics together have been translated into a colored code: red, amber, or green.

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Note: This is a snapshot of what was happening as of February 2, 2022. Restrictions, recommendations, and regulations are constantly changing around the world which may result in aspects of this map being inaccurate prior to the next update.



  • The French government has started lifting restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of masks outdoors.
  • The use of homemade cloth masks has been banned. It remains mandatory to wear a mask in all public indoor venues/shopping centre/public transport or where there are more than 10 people in an outdoor space.
  • Covid-19 injections are mandatory for health workers. Although the government has stopped short of mandating injections for all adults, in December a six month expiry date was set on injections for those over the age of 65, making it a requirement for people to have boosters.
  • France’s “Pass Sanitaire” has changed to a vaccine pass, which allows access to everyday activities and travel. While the updated pass doesn’t allow for the use of negative tests in place of proof of vaccine, it does allow for a “recovery” or exemption certificate. Children aged 12-15 can continue to provide a negative test result.


  • Covid-19 injections are mandated for everyone over 50 years of age. As of Feb 1, those who refuse are being fined.
  • The validity of both the “Super” green pass (proves vaccination status or recovery) and green pass was cut from 9–6 months on Feb. The time period will run from the date of the most recent injection. The new pass is needed to access all forms of public transport. Proof of a negative test can only be used in conjunction with the basic green pass, which is required to access banks, post offices, public offices, tobacconists, bookshops, beauty salons, barbers, newsagents, and shopping malls.
  • Passes based on negative tests are only valid for 48 hours.
  • As of Feb 1, anyone who remains jab-free will only be able to access grocery shops, supermarkets, and pharmacies.
  • Mask wearing is required both indoors and outdoors. Commuters using public transport are required to wear FFP2 masks.
  • In a bid to circumvent the stringent rules, some Italians are holding “Covid parties” so they can become infected and claim a recovery certificate.


Restrictions vary by province.


Restrictions vary according to state.


  • The majority of restrictions have been lifted in England as the government removed Plan B. However, anyone who tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 must still self-isolate for up to five days, a regulation that is set to expire on March 24. The Prime Minister said after this date the requirement to self-isolate will likely be replaced with advice and guidance.
  • The threat of mandatory injections for NHS and associated CQC regulated organizations has also been lifted pending further consultation after significant pushback and acknowledgment of the damage that would be caused by the loss of 100,000 NHS workers.



Restrictions vary according to state.

New Zealand

  • Mandated masking has increased. People are being required to wear masks in a wider range of settings and those who are legally mandated to have the injection have to use medical grade masks.
  • Covid-19 injections are mandated across a range of workforces.
  • New Zealand has a Covid-19 pass, but its use is not currently mandated.


  • German citizens are required to wear medical grade masks rather than cloth masks in shops, on public transport, and at work.
  • Germany uses the EU Digital COVID Certificate, but its use is not mandated. Since the arrival of omicron, non-injected citizens have been put under partial lockdown, preventing them from accessing non-essential shops and services.
  • Germany doesn’t have any injection mandates currently, but politicians are debating the introduction of a similar scheme to that imposed in Austria.
  • Although the German government has tightened restrictions, some states have begun to ease them.


  • Ireland lifted the majority of restrictions on Jan 22. However, the mandated use of masks in some settings continues, passports are required for international travel, and self-isolation rules remain.
  • There are currently no vaccine mandates in Ireland.




  • Israel was one of the first countries to implement mandated Covid-19 vaccine passes. Israel’s Finance Minister, Avigdor Liberman, is now “working with all parties to eliminate the Green Pass and maintain a normal routine for all of us.” He said, “there is no medical or epidemiological logic in the Green Pass, many experts agree,” and “there is, however, direct harm to the economy, to daily operations and a not insignificant contribution to daily panic among the public.”
  • Israel eased travel restrictions at the beginning of January.
  • Mask wearing remains mandated.

South Africa

  • South Africa is currently considering whether or not to use Covid-19 vaccine passes in workplaces.
  • Mask mandates remain in place.
  • South Africa has not imposed passes as a whole but some universities and private businesses have taken it upon themselves to impose requirements.
  • The government has lifted the majority of restrictions in recent days, including removing the requirement to self-isolate for those without symptoms who have come into contact with a covid positive individual. The isolation period for those with symptoms has been cut from 10 to 7 days.





  • The wearing of masks is not mandated, although their use is recommended.
  • Covid-19 injections are mandated in Nigeria for government workers.
  • Covid-19 passes are not used.

Note: This is a snapshot of what was happening as of February 2, 2022. Restrictions, recommendations, and regulations are constantly changing around the world which may result in aspects of this map being inaccurate prior to the next update.

The above map and list were compiled by the Alliance for National Health International.

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