Glasgow Airport mask rules and covid advice for flying with Easyjet and more

The holidays are here and many of us will now be flying off to our favorite destinations for some much-needed downtime.

And while covid restrictions are being lifted in Scotland, so too are the rules for the travel sector.

But that doesn’t mean we can ditch masks just yet, as certain rules remain – meaning while some of us have to show our vaccination passports, others have to test before we can fly.

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There have recently been reports in the news of operators such as British Airways (BA) and easyJet canceling flights, but Glasgow thankfully appears unaffected.

So what are the current rules when traveling to and from Glasgow Airport?

Do I have to wear a face mask at Glasgow Airport?

Right now you do.

The airport says that “under new Scottish Government legislation, face coverings must be worn in the terminal and on flights”.

All staff currently wear masks and it is now compulsory in Scotland for everyone to do so in airport buildings. There are exemptions for those who have medical reasons that prevent them. When close contact with a passenger is necessary, additional measures will be taken by staff, including the use of gloves, face shield and the use of a disposable apron, if applicable.

Exemptions include:

  • If you are under 12
  • If you have an illness or disability which means you cannot wear one
  • If wearing one would cause you serious distress

If you read lips or need a staff member to temporarily remove their face covering to help communicate, the airport asks you to let staff know.

Do I need to wear a face mask on a flight to and from Glasgow when flying with easyJet or any other operator?

It may depend on who you are traveling with, but if you are getting on and off the plane in Glasgow, a mask will be required at least until you are on the plane anyway.

At present, easyJet’s website says passengers must wear a face mask at the airport, at the gate when boarding the plane and throughout the flight.

Passengers not wearing a mask will not be able to board the plane, but they specify that if you have an exemption, you must go to their Safety and well-being area.

They add: ‘As per guidelines, all passengers, including children aged six and over, will be required to wear a mask.

Easyjet adds that the mask you wear must be certified FFP2 (or equivalent), surgical or fabric, adding that scarves, visors or masks with valves are not allowed.

If your mask is not suitable, you may be refused travel.

You can find out all about which airlines require you to wear a mask on board their flights here.

Where are the covid testing facilities at Glasgow airport?

As travel restrictions ease for many destinations, many places still want those who are not fully vaccinated to take a covid test before entering.

Unfortunately, these cannot be the NHS LFT or PCR tests and must be approved tests.

Countries like France still require a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure.

Glasgow Airport’s covid test warning states: “It is your responsibility to check that you not only book the correct COVID test, but also to ensure that you allow sufficient time for the results to be obtained before flying. The COVID testing service is operated by TAC Healthcare Group Ltd and Glasgow Airport is not responsible for test results.

“While we try to keep our website as up to date as possible, the situation is changing daily, so we encourage you to check the government website to ensure you get the most accurate information about the destination you are traveling to. surrender.”

They also warn that tests should not be booked if you have symptoms of covid.

CPR test

There are two options when it comes to PCR testing.

You can pay for a Park and Test PCR that comes back in 12 hours or 24 hours.

Each has a different price, with the fastest result costing £150 while the last is £80.

The tests take place at Glasgow Airport in the Main terminal Ground floor and will be operational until April 30 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The results will be delivered to you by email and you must purchase the test before your arrival as you cannot show up without a reservation.

If you need to take a PCR test, you can book one here.

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Rapid antigen test

There is only one option for this form of testing which costs holidaymakers £55.

This option is much faster and if you don’t like waiting for results, this may be the best option if you can choose between this and the PCR test.

This is because the rapid antigen test process takes between 12 and 15 minutes.

The tests are taking place at Glasgow Airport in Terminal 2 and will be operational until April 30 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The results will be delivered to you by email and you must purchase the test before your arrival as you cannot show up without a reservation.

If you need to take a rapid antigen test, you can book one here.

What covid precautions is Glasgow airport taking?

Glasgow Airport said it was taking all necessary precautions to keep its staff and passengers safe by installing hand sanitizers throughout and improving its “already thorough cleaning procedures with a focus on regular cleaning of hard surfaces”.

They add: “We continue to follow clinically-oriented medical advice from relevant health authorities on necessary and effective measures to deal with COVID-19.”

Social distancing remains in place and there will be signs telling you this, including in the toilets and seating area and when checking in you will see protective screens.

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