Many Australians will travel to Scotland this year for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow from 23 July to 3 August 2014. This travel bulletin will help you prepare for the Commonwealth Games, and should be read in conjunction with the travel advice for the United Kingdom. This bulletin will be updated with more information as it becomes available. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to receive these updates – see the ‘Register, Subscribe, Insure’ section below.
Before you go
Tickets should only be purchased from an authorised retailer. Information on authorised retailers, ticket availability and purchasing is available from www.glasgow2014.com/tickets.
Police Scotland has issued advice to help visitors avoid fraudulent ticket sales.
The United Kingdom administers a very strict entry regime and you are likely to be refused entry upon arrival if you fail to comply with entry requirements. As a general guide, visas are not required for Australians entering the United Kingdom for a tourism stay of less than six months. You can check whether you need a visa and obtain further information from UK Visas and Immigration .
UK Visas and Immigration has also issued the following advice for visitors coming to the UK for the games: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Transport and accommodation
Make sure you confirm online bookings, accommodation and internal transport arrangements early. Accommodation is expected to be in high demand. Police Scotland has issued the following advice to help visitors avoid bogus accommodation advertisements: Accommodation Advice.
After you have purchased tickets for an event we recommend that you plan your journey to the Games venue in advance. Glasgow is a compact city and it is advised that the best way to get to your venue is by walking, cycling or public transport .
Traveline Scotland has produced an app which can be downloaded from its website to enable you to plan your journey to all Games venues.
Road closures and restrictions will be in place in Glasgow and at other Games venues over this period. There will be no general parking spaces at any of the venues, with the exception of limited spaces for Blue Badge holders who must book in advance. Further information is available at: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11645.
Register, subscribe, insure
We strongly recommend that you register your travel and contact details with Smartraveller, so that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can contact you in case of an emergency. You can also subscribe to the travel advice for the United Kingdom and this travel bulletin to receive an email each time these are reissued with the latest information.
All travellers to the Commonwealth Games should take out comprehensive travel insurancethat will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you will be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy.
On the Ground
Safety and security
We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in the United Kingdom and to pay close attention to your personal safety and security and that of your belongings. We recommend that you consult the Smartraveller information on safety and security in the UK and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security threats.
Police Scotland have also prepared specific information and tips on how visitors can stay safe during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Australians should expect large crowds and increased security checks at Commonwealth Games events and should plan accordingly.
For more information on security measures and information on banned and restricted items - including limits on bag size, liquids and foodstuffs - visit the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games website .
Keeping up to date on the go
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Where to get help
Local emergency services
In the United Kingdom, emergency services (police, ambulance, fire) can be reached by dialling 101 (non-emergency) and 999 (emergency).
For medical assistance in Scotland you can contact Scotland NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.
Should you require consular assistance during the Commonwealth Games, contact the High Commission in London:
Australian High Commission, London
(corner of Aldwych and the Strand. Nearest Tube station: Temple)
Telephone: 020 7379 4334 (From Scotland: (+44 20) 7379 4334)
Fax: 020 7240 5333 (From Scotland: (+44 20) 7240 5333)
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact consular officials you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre from the United Kingdom on 0500 890 165 (free phone), +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
While every care has been taken in preparing this information, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees, including any member of Australia’s diplomatic and consular staff abroad, can accept liability for any injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained herein.