We are well into the swing of COP27, which has seen a whole host of people from across the world – from leaders, policy makers, scientists, NGOs to activists – descend upon Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for two weeks of crucial conversations and decision-making on the global response to climate change. With so much taking place on the ground, we have put together this guide to help you navigate COP27, the travel, and even your downtime. We hope that that this will help you to overcome any logistical challenges that may arise.
How can I get to and from the venue?
COP27 has organised free buses to get to and from the venue. Although you can also take taxis, you should agree the fare upfront and the trip should only cost you around $20.
How can I travel between zones?
There are free shuttles between the Blue Zone, Green Zone, and Sustainable Innovation Zone, or you can take a short walk which is approximately 15 minutes between each zone. A short animation of each route is available here.
I don’t want to pay roaming in Egypt, what can I do?
Vodafone Eco-SIMs are available for any conference participant and allow for Voice and Data usage during the entire duration of COP27 (6th-18th November). This allows you to roam free without any sneaky charges from your provider.
What will the weather be like?
Although it will be reaching temperatures of up to 29 degrees during the day, the air conditioning in the Sharm El-Sheikh International Conference Centre is set low. Make sure you bring some long sleeves!
When should I collect my badge?
Arriving at an off-peak hour could substantially reduce the amount of time you’re left standing around before collecting your badge.
Will WiFi be accessible?
WiFi is fully accessible within the COP venues but can be patchy within hotels and other parts of the city. Ensure you have enough data or bring a portable WiFi hotspot with you for your hotel.
Should I be installing the COP27 app?
Whilst this may seem like a convenient way to keep all your conference information in one place, think twice before downloading the COP27 app. Read this article from The Guardian for more information.
How long shall I leave between meetings?
If in the Blue Zone, leave plenty of time – it’s not always the easiest to navigate.
What food is available at the venue?
The venue has several food outlets, but queues are long and they can be quite costly. If you can, bring your own snacks and food to the venue to avoid disappointment.
How much will I be walking?
A LOT. With various zones in different locations, some delegates have been walking as much as 13 miles a day. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to avoid discomfort.
What can I do with my free time?
If you’re lucky enough to have a free morning or afternoon, we suggest you explore the snorkelling options at local beaches. It’s renowned as the best snorkelling spot in Egypt, enjoy it whilst you’re there!
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