Useful Information

Festival of Finance 2017 - Useful Information

1. Currency

In the United Kingdom, the currency is the GBP pound sterling (£). Foreign currencies can be exchanged for GBP at banks, travel agencies and Post Offices, as well as at Edinburgh's airports and major train stations. 

£1 = 100 pence (p).
Coins: £1, £2 and 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p.
Notes: £5, £10, £20, £50.

Credit cards – especially Visa and Mastercard – are widely accepted in all restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted.

For the current exchange rate or value please view a currency converter: http://www.xe.com/

2. Weather

Edinburgh enjoys a moderate year-round climate and does not experience violent extremes of weather that could interrupt a meeting schedule or social calendar.

From April to September, temperatures are mild and compare favorably with other European cities; annual rainfall is less than Frankfurt, New York and Rome. A perfect Edinburgh day dawns with a clear blue sky, warm and pleasant in summer – though in winter often accompanied by a sharp frost. It’s always worth packing a sweater and umbrella just in case!

3. Phone and Internet on your Smartphone

The UK dialling code is +44, which replaces the 0 - e.g. +44 (0) 207 808 5618. Please remember to check your own country's code before you travel.

Complimentary open Wi-Fi connection for general browsing purposes will be available throughout the Congress venue.

If you're using a smartphone to browse the internet and receive emails, be aware that your network will charge you to access this data while you are in Edinburgh. Many cafes, venues and selected tube stations are WiFi-enabled.

Be aware that while some hotels provide free Wi-Fi, others will charge for this service.

4. Useful Numbers

Emergency Services (police, fire and ambulance): 112 or 999
To report non-urgent crime, call the police on 101 from within the UK.
The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK.

5. Insurance

Please note that registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.

NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses.

If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK.

If you are visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital. Without this you can be charged for treatment.

Find out more on the Department of Health website.

6. Useful Websites

Official Visitor Guide: http://www.conventionedinburgh.com/attending-a-conference/

Find a list of all Embassies and Consulates in Scotland and the UK here: https://www.visitscotland.com/about/practical-information/embassies-consulates/

The main Accident & Emergency Unit is at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, a large general teaching hospital, located 15 minutes from the city centre.

7. Plug, Socket and Voltage in the UK

UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off – make sure you've turned it on if you're trying to charge your appliance!

8. Time Zone

During the summer months, the UK observes British Summer Time (BST), which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).