Few quarantine issues among Glasgow passengers heading to Ibiza on Orange List
Passengers on the first flight from Glasgow to the Balearic Islands on Monday expressed little concern over quarantine on their return despite the islands moving to the UK’s Orange Travel List.
Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca switched to amber last week due to an increase in cases; however, many people had already booked to go when they were on the green list.
As Scotland moved to level 0 of its coronavirus restrictions, one of those at Glasgow Airport for the 7:15 a.m. Jet2 flight was Jacqui Sutherland.
According to the new guidelines, people who are fully vaccinated or under 18 and arriving from an Amber List country do not have to self-isolate – but adults and children over 12 still need to be tested before traveling and on the second day after arrival.
Ms Sutherland, traveling to Ibiza for a week with her partner, told the PA news agency: “We booked when he was on the green (list) and then we kind of wondered what to do when he was on the green (list). changed to amber.
“But because we are doubly vaccinated, we don’t have to quarantine.
“My friend is a travel consultant and said if anything happened they would send flights to take you home before it turned red.
“That’s why we booked when it was green because if it turned amber, it was okay all the same… a little worry but we’re going anyway because for the moment everything is fine.
“My two daughters only got one shot, so they’re not okay at all because it’s too risky.”
However, friends Poppy and Shannon, both 20, were on the same flight and faced the prospect of quarantine when they return next week.
None of them have yet received even a first dose of the vaccine – but that wasn’t going to stop heading into the sun.
Shannon told PA: “With all the right information we were perfectly able to book it – there are always safe ways to go about it.
“We’re waiting two years and Ibiza has booked twice, so we’re finally going to be able to leave.”
Poppy added, “I don’t even care, I just want to be in the sun.
“I have had so many vacations booked that have been canceled.
Another couple who received both doses of the vaccine, Laura Salway and Crawford Rae, got off Elgin and stayed overnight at a nearby hotel before their nine nights in Ibiza.
Ms Salway told PA: “Because that just changed, I think we’ll be pretty safe, we’ve had both (doses), we’ve all our papers in order.
“I don’t see them changing again – although that’s now the famous last word… It’s pretty simple actually – I thought (recording) would be more difficult.
“Everything is quite calm. We stayed on the other side of the road because we got off Elgin and it was quiet there too – not usual but I thought there would be more people in Ibiza.