COP26 COVID-19 Test, Trace and Isolation: Delegate Guidance

Please click on one of the links below for extensive guidance on the COP26 COVID-19 Test, Trace and Isolate rules and support:

A printed summary of this guidance will also be provided to delegates alongside their COVID test kits.

Daily COVID-19 test requirements for access to the Blue Zone


In order to access the Blue Zone – the UNFCCC space where the negotiations are taking place and Pavilions are located – you must self-administer a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test (LFD) and register the result online. You must do this in your accommodation every day before departing for the Blue Zone, including when you arrive for the first time to collect your accreditation pass.

Evidence of a negative LFD from the same day will be required for entry to the Blue Zone. If you do not have proof of a negative lateral flow test you will not be allowed to enter. As part of the Code of Conduct you signed, you must comply with the testing requirements at COP26.

This summary includes instructions on how to take and report your LFDs. LFDs are simple and quick to use – requiring a simple nose swab. 

Follow these steps to ensure you can access the Blue Zone. For more detailed instructions consult the printed guidance you received with your tests or the online guidance sent to you.

1. Collect your LFD testing kit

For those travelling from outside the UK, LFDs will be available in your hotel or you can collect them from the collection points below:

  • The Village Hotel Glasgow, 7 Festival Gate, Glasgow, G51 1DB
  • Radisson RED Glasgow, 25 Tunnel St, Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, G3 8HL 
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central, 36 Cambridge St, Glasgow, G2 3HN 
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport, 100 Eastfield Rd, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8LL 
  • InterContinental Edinburgh The George, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB

Test Kit Collection opening hours: 24 October – 15 November, 7am – 11pm. You will need to show your accreditation letter or your badge to collect a kit.

2. Take your LFD test in your accommodation

Printed instructions for taking the LFD are provided within each box of tests, and you can watch this video for instructions on how to use.

Please follow these carefully to ensure your result is accurate. The instructions also explain how to understand your results. Please allow at least 30 minutes for the result to show.

3. Register an account on the portal

We strongly recommend that you create an account when reporting your result for the first time. This will speed up the process of reporting a new LFD result each day, and means you won’t need to re-enter your information each time you submit a test result.

4. Upload your LFD result

Once you have your LFD result, you must upload the result online whether the result is negative, positive or void. Use the Unique Organisational Number provided in the printed guidance which accompanies your testing kit. Enter your contact details carefully so you can receive the confirmation email and/or SMS message.

5. Bring your proof to the Blue Zone

You must bring the confirmation of a negative LFD to enter the Blue Zone – this should be in the form of a text or email that you receive after registering your test. You will be asked by security to show this before you can enter the Blue Zone. If your LFD is positive you must isolate immediately and take a PCR Test. Information on how to access a PCR is included in your testing kit.

6. Covid Testing for Onward Travel

Should you require COVID tests to return to home countries or for onward travel following COP26, this should be organised and paid for privately. Download a list of private providers (CSV file). 

If your privately arranged test comes back positive, you must notify the NHS Test and Trace helpline on +44(0) 117 472 0968. You will need to follow the existing guidance and isolate in your existing accommodation for 10 days.