Visas

Visa nationals require a visa before travelling for visits to the UK.  It is really critical that COP26 attendees who need a visa take the necessary steps to apply for their UK visa as soon as possible. Visa applications are usually processed in 15 working days. 

Please follow this short guide to immigration and visa requirements for those attending COP26.  Visas are free for those who have an official acknowledgement from the UNFCCC and apply via the COP26 visa form.   

There is no link between vaccines and visas – there is no requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to apply for a UK Visa.

Once applicants have submitted their application, they must make an appointment to give their biometric details at the nearest visa application centre.  Participants who are either members of national negotiating delegations (“parties”) which are led by a Minister, or are employees of certain International Organisations do not need to submit biometric information.

Accommodation

A range of accommodation options is still available in Edinburgh which is 48 minutes away and served by regular trains.

We urge delegates to book their accomodation for their time at COP26 as soon as possible. Our corporate booking partner MCI has filled all their contracted accommodation, but delegates are still able to book directly with accommodation providers or through third party booking websites. 

Transport

Glasgow and the surrounding area are well served by public transport and the main COP venue is served by its own train station, Exhibition Centre Station. We will be working closely with Glasgow City Council to ensure that delegates have a range of smooth running, affordable and sustainable ways to reach the COP venues. 

As the train is the most sustainable way to reach COP, we encourage those that can to take this method of travel.

Details on how to make advance transport bookings are available here.

Travel Exemptions

The COP26 travel regime is a special set of measures put in place in England and Scotland to protect public health while ensuring an inclusive summit. 

We encourage all COP participants to read the relevant guidance in full and to familiarise themselves with the measures that will apply to them. This supporting FAQs document will be updated regularly in response to frequent queries.

We hope that this level of clarity will enable those coming to Glasgow to make timely progress with their travel plans. 

In summary the rules are:

  • everyone must be able to show evidence of pre-arrival COVID-19 negative test result
  • everyone must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
  • everyone must participate in the COP26 daily test programme
  • anyone who has been in a red-list country or territory in the 10 days immediately prior to arrival into England or Scotland (see current list) must undergo Managed Quarantine at port of entry. Delegates that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must quarantine for 5 days.  Unvaccinated delegates must quarantine for 10 days.  A bespoke booking process is in place for COP26 attendees, and you must be registered on the UNFCCC website to begin the process of booking. Further guidance will be issued shortly
  • if you have not been in a red list country or territory you do not have to quarantine

To support these measures, uniquely for COP:

  • The UK Government will fund the required Managed Quarantine stays for all Registered COP Attendees (party delegates, observers and media) who would otherwise find it difficult to attend COP, including those from the Global South
  • The UK and Scottish Governments will recognise all COVID-19 vaccinations, and declaration through the UNFCCC registration process as evidence
  • The UK Government will provide a supporting named invitation letter confirming that you are travelling to attend COP26 to help facilitate your travel.

COP26 Vaccine Programme

As part of our commitment to making COP26 both inclusive and COVID-19 safe, the UK Government has been working to provide COVID-19 vaccines to COP delegates that would otherwise not be able to access them.

We have now contacted all those who expressed an interest in vaccination to either arrange appointments or set out next steps. Unfortunately there will not be a choice of which vaccine each delegate receives, it is determined by the logistics of this complex programme.

For those delegates receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, the first vaccines were transported last week and first doses will start from 10th September. The second doses will follow four weeks later. For those receiving the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, appointment details will be provided shortly, with vaccination starting shortly. 

We have contacted those delegates in countries where we have identified a viable in-country option. Our embassies are supporting these delegates with access, where required. The contact details for additional assistance have been provided to all of these individuals by UNFCCC.

Additional COVID-19 Measures

We are working closely with public health officials, the Scottish Government, the WHO, UNFCCC and all our other partners to reduce the risk from COVID-19. This includes a specific test, trace and isolate regime, social distancing, enhanced ventilation and face coverings.

World Leaders’ Summit

We are also progressing logistical plans for the World Leaders’ Summit. 

World Leader Summit contact points will shortly be receiving a detailed note on current logistical plans.  These will be shared directly through the UK Diplomatic Network.


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