Cleft 2022 is planned to go ahead as a hybrid congress. For those attending in person, we are aware that there may still be some hesitation with regards to international travel and attendance of events. The health and safety of our delegates, sponsors, speakers and staff is of the upmost importance. We are closely monitoring the latest government guidance and will continue to update you if things change. We look forward to welcoming you to the world’s largest cleft congress, here in Scotland!

We are delighted that the UK is now one of the most open countries in Europe, with no testing required for fully vaccinated tourists. Read more here!

What to expect at the 14th International Cleft Congress, Cleft 2022

We will continue to follow the latest government guidance with respect to conferences.

We would like to confirm that plans for Cleft 2022 to be delivered in person at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre are well underway. 

The health and safety of our delegates, sponsors, speakers and staff is our top priority and we will follow all current government guidance and assure you that all necessary precautions will be in place to ensure your safety.

Travelling to Scotland from outside the UK

Cleft 2022 is a truly international event and we look forward to welcoming colleagues and friends to join us here in Scotland. However, if you are planning to join us from outside the UK please ensure that you have checked the latest government guidance before travelling.

Do I need a visa to travel to Scotland?

From 1 October 2021, all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals (except Irish citizens) will need a valid passport to enter the UK. Your travel document should not expire during your stay in the UK. At the border, officials might ask for proof that you are visiting the UK for tourism, such as a hotel reservation.

Other foreign nationals might need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

For more information about passports, visas and customs please click here.

You can check if you need a UK visa by clicking here.

What to do if you develop symptoms of Covid-19

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 you are asked not to travel to the venue. You should follow current NHS guidelines on what to do whilst in the UK.

As per our registration terms and conditions, it will be possible to transfer your registration to a virtual registration free of charge.

Lateral Flow Test

To try and minimise the risk of Covid-19 where possible, we recommend that you take a lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending Cleft 2022. If you test positive please DO NOT travel to the venue.

For more information on lateral flow tests and how to order them please click here.

Face Coverings

Scottish Government encourage everyone age 12 and over to wear a face covering in most indoor public places in Scotland. However it is not a legal requirement. If you feel more comfortable wearing a face mask at the congress, please do so. Please note that not all congress staff and delegates will be wearing a face mask..

To keep up to date with the latest guidance on face coverings click here.  

Hygiene around the venue

We are working closely with the venue to ensure a clean and safe environment for you to enjoy the event. The EICC have implemented a number of protocols to ensure hygiene.

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitising all high touchpoints
  • Hand sanitising units are available throughout the venue at key locations
  • Food and drinks will be served by staff, and will not be self-service
  • Air handling units will be set up to prevent any recirculation of air and only supply fresh air
  • Toilets will be checked and cleaned on an increased basis throughout the event

For more info on what to expect onsite please refer to the EICC’s website.