Read our practical briefing on attending COP26, including information on accreditation, vaccinations, events and visas, here.
Need accommodation for COP26?
Sign up to the COP26 Homestay Network, an environmentally-friendly and affordable accommodation project for the UN Climate Conference in November 2021. The online platform matches hosts across the central belt of Scotland with guests needing a place to stay at COP26.
You can get to Glasgow from across the UK using trains and buses. Trains can be booked to Glasgow Central or Queens Street from anywhere across the UK using the National Rail site. Though the UK has fairly good railway infrastructure, privatisation in the 1980s means that train fares are now expensive. It can be a good idea to book trains in advance because this is often much cheaper than paying on the day, and for the cheapest tickets use this ticket splitting website
From Europe, you can get to London by train using the Eurostar or by a variety of bus operators – try searching here. From further afield, you can fly directly into Glasgow International Airport from a number of countries around the world.
Most people attending COP from outside the UK will need a visit visa. The earliest you can apply for a visit visa is three months in advance of the dates you intend to travel. However, the process for applying for visas may be more complicated than in previous years because of new Brexit policies and Covid-19 restrictions. We recommend you start thinking about visa applications as early as possible – see our briefing here.
The COP26 Coalition has set up a Visa Support Service to assist people from Global South, frontline and marginalised communities navigate the complexities of the UK immigration system to get their visit visas. Please go here for more information.
Once in Glasgow, you can move around the city by taking buses, the underground, the local railway network, or hiring bikes through the Glasgow City Council cycle hire scheme. More information on all of these options will be provided nearer to November.
We are also working to create legal support for activists, both UK-based and international. More information will be provided nearer to COP26.
We are working to make all our plans as Covid safe as possible. As the pandemic progresses, we will provide updates as much as possible about how we are prioritising public health in our organising work.