Practical information

Practical information


The weather in Scotland is very changeable and depending on the season, altitude and region there can be big differences. The average temperature in Glasgow during the congress period is 11-15°C.

Click here to check weather conditions in Glasgow prior to your departure.

Currency and credit cards

Scotland’s currency is the Great British Pound (sterling), which is used throughout Britain. All Scottish bank notes, though different from English notes, are normally accepted in the rest of Britain. Northern Irish bank notes are also accepted in Scotland.

Most large shops, stores, hotels and restaurants will accept the majority of credit and debit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners. It is also advisable to carry some cash in case of difficulty as many smaller accommodation, pubs, tearooms and small shops may not accept any form of credit or debit card.


The organisers will not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper health and travel insurance.

Travel Information and Customs

To enter the UK you will need to show a valid passport, or national identity card if you are an EEA citizen. If you are not an EEA citizen, you will need to show further documentation, including a landing card, and you may need a visa.

Before you travel to Scotland, it’s a good idea to make sure you are aware of the rules and restrictions on what you can bring into the country, and if tax applies.

Invitation letter for visa applications

Non-EU participants may need a letter of invitation from the congress organisers in order to obtain a visa for entry into the United Kingdom. The organisers will not be able to contact or intervene with any embassy or consulate office abroad on your behalf. This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the 38th EHP Congress and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support from the congress.

Please start the visa application process as early as possible and at least six weeks prior to your departure. The organisers are not to be held responsible for the outcome of your visa application.

All participants must register and pay the required registration fees before requesting an official letter of invitation. The registration fees are refundable should the visa application be denied. All refund requests will have to be received before the congress, by e-mail, fax or letter. No refunds will be made for cancellations received during or after the congress.

Safety tips

As in all major cities and congress venues, people should take care of their personal belongings.

Travel Adaptors

A three square-pronged adaptor plug is needed to connect to the domestic power supply appliances in Glasgow. If you will need to charge your phone, tablet, computer or other electronic items, please make sure to purchase an adaptor in advance as hotel rooms will not be equipped with them.


Opening hours vary, but in general shops are open between 09.00 and 17.30 on weekdays and Saturdays. Thursday is an established ‘late opening day‘ when many stores will remain open until 20.00. More and more shops within the city centre and other established retail areas are opening on Sundays, generally from 12.00 to 17.00. Supermarkets are a law unto themselves, with some providing 24-hour access. Others are open from 08.30 to 19.30 on working days, and from 08.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays.

Tourist information

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people. It’s also one of the United Kingdom’s finest Victorian cities with magnificent architecture everywhere you look. It offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a wide choice of restaurants and bars.

Time Zone

The local standard time zone in  Glasgow is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or one hour ahead of GMT, known as British Summer Time (BST), during the summer months.

For detailed information please click here.


The Subway is the easiest way to get around the City Centre and West End of Glasgow. It takes just 24 minutes to complete a circuit of the 15 stations. You can either buy a single ticket or, if you’re here for a few days, you might want to get a Subway Smartcard, which offers the best fares and you can top up as you go.  There are also a variety of Day Tickets with special offers depending on where you want to go (the Day Tripper ticket includes rail, Subway and some bus travel). For more information please click here

Walk the city

Feel like walking? Get to know Glasgow better with the Glasgow Walking app developed by Glasgow City Council, and learn about the history of the city as you discover some of its hidden gems on the walking routes.