Participants must make their own arrangements to and from Geneva, Switzerland.
Switzerland joined the Schengen visa scheme on December 12, 2008. Therefore all foreign nationals who require a visa for entry into Switzerland will now require a Schengen visa to enter Switzerland.
Participants concerned are strongly advised to seek information on requirements applicable in their case from Swiss diplomatic or consular missions in their home countries. In countries where no Swiss representation exists, missions from other European Union member States will have to be contacted. Where a visa is required, applicants are strongly advised to apply at least six weeks prior to departure for Geneva.
For information on visa and other relevant regulations for travelling to Switzerland please also refer to the website of the Federal Office of Migration of Switzerland at: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home.html
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.
Geneva has a full range of hotels of different categories. You may also reserve your room via a tourist operator or through the Geneva Tourist Office by visiting www.geneve-tourisme.ch
As there are many international meetings and events taking place in Geneva during the month of May, it is important that hotel reservations be made as soon as possible and by the end of April. A map of Geneva is also attached as Annex C for reference.
Arrival in Geneva and transportation
Taxis, Buses and the railway service link the Geneva Airport with the Cornavin Station (main station) in downtown Geneva every few minutes. From here, most hotels can be accessed via a range of public transport options including bus, trams and taxis.
Transport tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines next to the tram/ bus stops and can also be bought at the Geneva Transport Office (TPG office on the ground floor of the Gare Cornavin (main train station). Cards for multiple trips can also be purchased at a reduced rate from newsagents in town bearing the "TPG" sign.
Taxis are only available on call and cannot be hailed in the streets although there are taxi ranks in almost all main squares in Geneva and outside the Palais des Nations. Taxis can be called on the following local numbers:
+41 22 320 2020
+41 22 320 2202
+41 22 311 4133
Transportation to the conference premises
The Palais des Nations can be reached by buses and trams. Bus numbers 5, 8, 11, 22, 28, F, V, and Z and tram numbers 13 and 15 stop at the Palais des Nations.
Maps of the Geneva bus/ tram network are available on the TPG (Geneva Public Transport) website.
Participants are requested to use the Pregny Gate entrance situated at 14, Avenue de la Paix, which is a five-minute walk from the main entrance (see map here) .
While the symposium is public, given that it is taking place at the United Nations Office in Geneva makes it imperative for all participants to adhere to the relevant United Nations security procedures, including registration deadlines and rules concerning identification badges.
For entry into the Palais des Nations, you will need a security pass, which is to be worn at all times on the premises. For this, participants are required to bring with them an official national identification or passport.
Upon arrival at the building you are therefore kindly requested to collect your badge at the United Nations Security Service, Pregny entrance (visitors’ entrance, a five-minute walk from the main entrance). The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-stop).
Climate and Clothing
The weather in June in Geneva is normally mild (9 to 20 degrees Celsius) with occasional showers. Medium-weight clothing will therefore be sufficient.
Electricity in Switzerland is generally 230 volts (50 cycles). Travelers with computers and other appliances are advised to carry a plug adapter kit for the kind of plugs and sockets that are in use in Switzerland
The monetary unit is the Swiss franc, made up of 100 centimes. Notes are issued in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1000 francs, and coins of 5, 10, 20, 50 centimes and 1, 2 and 5 francs. 1 Swiss Franc is equivalent to approximately 0.85 US$
Travellers’ cheques, credit cards and foreign currency notes of all major currencies are accepted. Banking facilities are also available inside the UN premises.