Attending the summit

Central London travel advice during CHOGM 2018

During the week of the summit (16-20 April), the policing and security in place will reflect the significance of planned CHOGM events. Please see below more information on how this may affect your travel.

Due to additional security measures in place, access may be restricted or closed to the public. Please click on any area listed below for more information on local road and cycle lane closures, event timings, vehicle and pedestrian access points:

1. The Royal Parks and the 'Commonwealth Village': parts of St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and adjacent properties, and around the QEII Centre

2. Park Lane and Piccadilly in the area of the InterContinental Hotel  

3. Royal Albert Hall and surrounding area 

4. City of London: Fenchurch Street and surrounding area, Mansion House/Guildhall and surrounding area 

 

Pedestrian access

Alternative pedestrian walking routes will be signposted and you will be advised of these.

Access for residents, businesses, their staff and visitors, park users, event staff and ticket holders will be managed via access control points. Residents will be asked to provide proof of ID and address (e.g. driving licence/passport). Those who work in the area or visitors will be asked for proof of ID and proof of purpose for visit (e.g. work pass).

There will be search and screening portals in use at key points, similar to those in place at major sporting venues and airports.

 

Vehicle access including deliveries and public transport

On event days, there will be no unauthorised vehicle access to key streets around the venues. Certain roads through the Royal Parks will also be affected. Road closures and alternate routes will be signposted and also advertised in advance.

Authorised access will be allowed via Identified Vehicle Access Points. For drivers who are passing through the area, including those regularly commuting, you may want to consider alternative routes during CHOGM 2018.

There will be some disruption to bus routes around key venues which may cause delay to your journey. Check your travel and plan ahead on TfL,  TfL Travel Alerts or TfL Messenger.

 

Cyclists

When required, the Cycle Superhighways will be suspended through the Royal Parks. Alternate cycle routes should be considered as cyclists will be asked to dismount and proceed on foot.

In addition to TfL and Citymapper mobile applications, other useful websites include Cycle streets, LCC (based on Cycle streets map) and Openstreets (with cycle route layer).

 

For more information, please read our FAQs.

 

Apply for a visa

If you require a visa to travel to the UK to attend CHOGM, the Commonwealth Forums, or any related events, you are advised to apply through your usual application route as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted no later than 15 working days before you intend to travel to the UK. 

It is the responsibility of individuals to make their own visa arrangements. 

Visit the website of UK Visas and Immigration for more information on UK visa requirements.

 

Attending the Forums

If you have registered to attend one of the Forums you should have received an email confirming whether or not your registration has been successful. If your place has been confirmed you should also have received details on how to log into the dedicated Forum Hub where more information can be found to help you plan your visit. 

If you have submitted your registration and have not received any email correspondence, please contact your forum's organisers.

 

Media accreditation

Media accreditation for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting has now closed. Consideration will be given to late accreditation requests on a case-by-case basis. 

Further information on the accreditation process, including a list of frequently asked questions is available at https://media.chogm2018.org.uk.