The official language is English.
Currency and exchange
Great British Pound - GBP, £, Sterling.
Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at
banks, post offices, travel agents, bureau de change kiosks and
some hotels throughout the city.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Glasgow and Automated Teller
Machines (ATMs) or cash machines can be found throughout the
Glasgow is one of Scotland's milder areas with temperatures
usually higher than most places of equal latitude away from the UK,
due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream.
Winters are relatively cold, with a January mean of 4.0°C
(39.2°F), though lows sometimes fall below freezing.
Spring is generally mild and very pleasant. April often has
above average sunshine and many of Glasgow's trees and plants begin
to flower at this time of the year and parks and gardens are filled
with spring colours.
Summers are warm and have the added benefit of 16 hours of
daylight and many of the tourist attractions have extended hours
during this period.
Autumns are generally cool to mild with increasing
precipitation. During early autumn there can be some settled
periods of weather and can feel pleasant with mild temperatures and
You will only need permission (known as 'entry clearance' or 'a
visa') to come to the UK for a business visit of up to six months if you are
a visa national. Currently 108 countries require a visa to enter the UK.
You can apply for a visa within 3 months of intended date of travel
at visa sections at UK embassies, high commissions
and consulates and through visa application centres around the
world. The visa is valid for 6 months.
If you are a non-visa national, permission to come for up to six
months is not needed.
There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in
Scotland. If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is
customary, particularly in a restaurant or café with table service.
Tipping in bars is not expected and for taxi fares, it is usual to
round up to the nearest pound (£).
The UK country code is 44, while Glasgow landlines start with a
141 area code, followed by a 7 digit number. To call abroad, dial
00 before the area code.
Shop opening hours
Shops in the city centre are generally open Monday to Saturday
9am to 6pm and from 12pm until 5pm on Sundays.
Late night shopping is on Thursdays, with many stores open until
Glasgow is like any other big city: it has safe areas and less
safe areas, and the basic commonsense rules apply. The centre of
Glasgow is very safe and you should not encounter any problems. All
of the city centre and tourist areas are well policed. During the
day, the City Centre also has many 'information officers' who
should be able to assist you if needed.
Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or
partly enclosed public areas.
Electricity & conversions
The standard voltage in Scotland is 240V AC, 50Hz. North
American appliances need a transformer and an adapter; Australasian
appliances need only an adapter. Plugs have 3 square pins and
adapters are widely available.
Glasgow's timezone is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or one hour
ahead of GMT, known as British Summer Time (BST) during daylight
saving time in the summer months.
The UK drives on the left hand side of the road.
To drive in the UK, you require to have a current driving
licence. A foreign licence is valid in the UK for up to 12
It is compulsory to wear seat belts in the front seat and if
your car has seat belts in the back, they must also be worn.
If travelling with your own car you must be properly insured and
it is advisable to check your policy prior to your journey.
For additional information on driving in the UK, maps, travel
insurance or road service, contact the Automobile Association or the RAC
(Royal Automobile Club) and for up to date traffic and roadworks
information see the Traffic Scotland
All purchases in Britain, with the exception of food and books,
are subject to VAT, which increases the cost of an item by 20%.
This is already included in the price shown in shops.
Visitors from non-EU countries can claim a refund of VAT from
selected shops on goods to be taken out of the country under the
Retail Export Scheme.
EU citizens are entitled to free or reduced cost medical
treatment at National Health Service hospitals. With the exception
of accident and emergency treatment, all non-EU members will be
charged for medical treatment and must have adequate health
insurance when travelling.
No vaccinations are required prior to visiting Scotland.
In case of an emergency police, ambulance and fire brigade can
be contacted by telephoning 999.