World Para Athletics Championships: Media Information

Media Guide

The media guide for the World Para Athletics Championships is now available for download by clicking here.

This page covers:

 

Accreditation

Accreditation for the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships is now closed.

 

 

Visas

A full list of nationals who will need a visa to enter the UK will be made available along with the accreditation link when it goes live in January. In the meantime, you may check if you need a visa by using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

If you require a visa to enter the UK, please ensure that you/your organisation apply for the correct category of visa.

 

Standard Visitor Visa

This visa category is suitable for applicants who will be working at the Championships and will not be receiving payment from a UK source for any activities undertaken in the UK, except for reasonable expenses to cover the cost of their travel and subsistence.

https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa

If you are not eligible for the Standard Visitor Visa, please refer to the categories below to check which type of visa you will require.

 

Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

This visa category is suitable for applicants who will be working at the Championships to undertake a short-term activity and will receive payment from a UK source.

Please note that this visa will only allow you to remain in the UK for up to one month.

https://www.gov.uk/permitted-paid-engagement-visa/apply

 

Tier 5 (temporary worker)

This visa category is suitable for applicants who will be working at the Championships to undertake an activity and will receive payment from a UK source.

You can come to the UK for a maximum of up to 12 months.

For advice on your visa category and application, please contact Karen

Forbes on +44 (0) 7917 424561 or by email KForbes@london2017.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can find guidance online via the following link https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration.

 

Accommodation

We currently have two accommodation options for media attending the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, both of which are 20-minute walk from the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park. To book accommodation click here.

      

IBIS – click here for full details

Epsilon – click here for full details

Summary

Both accommodation options are within walking distance of the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Alternatively, a taxi journey would be approximately five minutes.

The rates are inclusive of:

  • Buffet breakfast
  • VAT at 20%
  • Free Wi-Fi

Booking and cancellation

Booking procedure

January 2017

Room requirements can be booked online from January 2017

Payment

On confirmation

10% non-refundable deposit to be paid

31 May 2017

Balance due in full

Cancellation

After confirmation

10% non-refundable deposit will be lost

After 31 May 2017

Full booking balance will be lost

 

Transport

Airport Transfers

From Heathrow Airport

A number of public transport options are available from Heathrow Airport.

  • The Heathrow Express service runs every 15 minutes from the airport to Paddington train station. The journey time is 15 minutes. Cost is £27 for a single journey and £42 for a return for tickets purchased on board, but significant discounts are available if tickets are booked online in advance. Go to heathrowexpress.com for more details.
  • Heathrow Connect services run every 30 minutes from the airport to Paddington train station. This is a stopping service and the journey time is between 30 and 50 minutes.
  • The London Underground (Piccadilly Line) also services Heathrow Airport. Trains run at least every ten minutes and the journey time to central London is less than one hour.

 From City Airport

City Airport is the closest airport to the media hotels at Stratford.  

It is a 15-minute journey on the Docklands Light Railway from the airport to the media hotels (Stratford High Street), or a 20-minute car journey.

 

For the London Stadium

The London Stadium is easily reached by public transport. The closest stations are:

  • Pudding Mill Lane (Docklands Light Railway) – 10-minute walk
  • Stratford (rail services, Docklands Light Railway and London Underground) – 15-minute walk
  • Stratford International (rail services and Docklands Light Railway) – 15-minute walk

 On competition days, a shuttle service will also be available to travel between Stratford International Station and the venue. 

 

Parking

Press parking

A limited amount of parking will be available at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for those who are not able to use public transport. If you would like to request parking, please email us at media@london2017.org.uk for more information. Note that making a request does not guarantee you a place, as parking will be allocated on a priority basis, with preference given to photographers.

Broadcast parking

A limited amount of parking may be available at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for Rights Holding Broadcasters. If you would like to enquire about  parking, please email HostBroadcasterIPC@london2017.org.uk

Note that if you plan on driving in London please be aware that the congestion charge is in operation weekdays from 07:00 – 18:00. For details on the congestion charge and areas affected please go to the Transport for London website: tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge

 

Operational Info

Photographers

All photographers will need to sign a photographers’ agreement as part of their accreditation application.

 

Contact

Press Contact

If you have any questions regarding the accreditation application process please contact media@london2017.org.uk 

Broadcast contact

For general broadcast enquiries please contact Sascha.beck@paralympic.org   


For general London 2017 enquiries contact  London2017@uka.org.uk