Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The XX Commonwealth Games is a series of athletic events for athletes representing 53 participating Commonwealth countries that will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

If you are planning to travel to Scotland to participate in the Games or to support Canada’s athletes, here are some useful travel tips.

  • Before you leave Canada, check our Country travel advice and advisories  for important up-to-the-minute information on safety and security conditions in the United Kingdom, entry and exit requirements, health, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate.
  • Make sure you have the contact information for the Canadian High Commission in London or the Canadian consulate in Edinburgh in case of emergency.
  • Medical and hospital care abroad can often be very expensive. The Government of Canada does not pay medical bills incurred abroad. Make sure that you have taken out travel health insurance before you leave in case you become ill or are injured. It is your responsibility to know the terms of your insurance policy. Read the fine print carefully to know when your insurer is obliged to pay. 
  • Visitors to the United Kingdom must carry a passport that is valid for at least the expected duration of their stay in the country. Before you leave Canada, check with your airline or travel agency, which may have more stringent passport validity requirements.
  • The currency of the United Kingdom is the pound sterling. Credit cards are generally accepted and automated banking machines are widely available. Traveller’s cheques are not usually accepted at retail outlets but can be exchanged at banks.

 Stay safe at the Commonwealth Games

Whether you are a participant in the Games or you are there to support the Canadian team, remember to protect yourself and your belongings. Be aware of your surroundings in public place and do not leave your personal belongings unattended.

  • There is a fluctuating threat of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom. Exercise caution and maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times and in all places. Monitor local media for the latest information on threats to security. Visit the United Kingdom Home Office website for information on threat levels.
  • If you are driving in the United Kingdom, be aware that traffic drives on the left. Be cautious when entering traffic circles. Roads are excellent but are often narrow and congested, especially in urban areas.  If you are walking, be careful when you cross the street.
  • Petty crime (pickpocketing, purse snatching and mugging) occurs at tourist sites and airports, restaurants, pubs and bars, as well as on public transportation.
  • Sexual assaults and robberies have been reported by passengers using unlicensed taxis. Use only officially marked taxis.
  • If your passport is lost or stolen, follow the instructions in Lost, stolen, damaged or found passports.
  • If your government-issued Canadian documents are lost or stolen, see Lost or stolen belongings abroad.

In case of emergency

Don’t forget to register with our free Registration of Canadians Abroad service and stay connected to family and friends in Canada in case of an emergency at home or abroad. We encourage all Canadian travellers to register with us before they depart – it’s a quick, simple and free service that is accessible on mobile devices.

If you need emergency assistance, contact the Canadian High Commission in London or the Canadian consulate in Edinburgh.

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

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