Scottish travelers fly to Spain despite warnings as country opens up to tourists
Scottish and British travelers flew to Spain this morning as the country opened up to British tourists.
UK holidaymakers no longer have to provide a negative test to enter the country.
Among the travelers were Carole Hutchison and her partner Christopher Couper, from Fife, who have booked fertility treatment in Alicante and are in a race against time as they have to arrive at the clinic before noon, reports the Mirror.
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They have a taxi waiting for them at the airport for landing shortly after 10 a.m. and the clinic doesn’t thaw embryos until they tell them they’re on the plane.
They were due to fly from Edinburgh to Heathrow with BA on Friday, then to travel to Spain, but were told they were not allowed to fly at Heathrow as they were then headed to Spain, which was then subject to Covid restrictions.
This despite two flights last year to the same clinic for treatment when the country was under Covid restrictions.
Carole, 42, a public health practitioner for the NHS, said: ‘It has been incredibly stressful and we have to rush once we land in Alicante and try to get through the airport as quickly as possible.
“I have been taking the necessary medication for months and there is a window for when this can happen, we couldn’t believe we weren’t allowed to fly on Friday.
“Ten minutes after we were told we found out Spain was opening its doors from today, so we booked on this flight.
“We lost a lot of money on the flight and it’s a huge relief that we can get on this flight, but of course it’s very stressful.
“We are returning directly tomorrow in quarantine for 10 days.”
The first flight from Stansted Airport to Alicante – which serves Benidorm – took off at 6:35 am, and our sister title The Mirror is on board with travelers.
Elizabeth Chapman, 61, of Cambridge, awaits a moving reunion with her daughter and two grandchildren in Benidorm.
She hasn’t seen them for over a year.
“It’s touching and I try to stay the course – I can’t wait to see them all and give them a hug,” she said.
“I booked on Friday when I realized Spain was opening up to the UK.
Karen Flaun, 49, lives in Mercia and returned to the UK in November to see her family with the intention of staying for Christmas – but has been stuck ever since.
“It was great spending so much time with the family, but of course I can’t wait to come home to Mercia and see what the house looks like – and of course get some sun.”
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Deli Watt, 82, and her husband Alexander, 83, from Oundle, Northamptonshire, booked three weeks ago to return to their holiday home in Xativa.
“It’s a stroke of luck that Spain is reopening and we are on this flight. We tried our luck by booking and it paid off.
“We are really looking forward to meeting again after such a difficult year. “