Are you travelling to Glasgow for COP26? Do you need a place to stay?
The COP26 Homestay Network is an environmentally-friendly and affordable accommodation project for the UN Climate Conference in November 2021. It matches hosts across the central belt of Scotland with guests coming to COP26 from all over the world.
Those in and around Glasgow can list their sofa or spare room, and then be matched with a guest who needs a place to stay in November.
More information – including sign up instructions – can be found here.
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.
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.
The COP26 Coalition particularly wants to support as many people from Global South countries and regions as possible to come to Glasgow to participate in civil society activities and the COP26 conference. We are creating a comprehensive package of support to assist people making visa applications in the run up to COP. Our plans include working with a professional legal team to help prepare visa applications as well as assist with any issues that arise on arrival in November.
We appreciate that this year, there are even more barriers to successfully applying for visas from many countries. The UK’s departure from the EU in January 2021 means that EU travel rules are a little different for EU nationals travelling to the UK. The ongoing pandemic situation may also make travelling to the UK difficult – currently (March 2021), arrivals need to quarantine for up to 14 days if they arrive from certain countries. See more information about current quarantine and testing rules here.
This work is being led by a small team within the COP26 Coalition. If you would like to help support this work, please contact fmonk [at] foe.scot.
We are also working to create legal support for activists, both UK-based and international. Again, this is a work in progress so if you’d like to help, get in touch with fmonk [at] foe.scot.
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.