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Welcome to Geneva - Useful information for participants

Visa.pngEntry requirements

Where and how to apply for a visa: Switzerland applies Schengen regulations for the issuance of visas. This means that all participants requiring a visa to enter Switzerland should apply for their visa directly to the Embassy or Consulate-General of Switzerland in their country. In cases where no Swiss Embassy or Consulate is available, participants should apply to the country designated by Switzerland to handle visa applications. 

Under Schengen regulations, it is necessary for each visa applicant to make an appointment and to present him/herself in person, in order to submit and register biometric data. On 11 October 2011, the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS), which is used to store biometric data of Schengen visa applicants. Data remains valid in the VIS system for a period of 5 years. 

Additional information in several languages regarding the implementation of the VIS, registration of biometric data and the rollout timetable for Swiss embassies/consulates implementing the VIS is available through this link.

When to apply: The time needed to obtain a visa may vary from case to case. It is strongly recommended that delegates inform themselves on the relevant appointment system and procedures as early as possible, to ensure that the visa may be issued in a timely manner. Delegates can find this information on relevant national government websites, or they can consult directly with the Swiss Embassy/Consulate in the applicant's country of residence.  

Special circumstances: In cases where no diplomatic relations exist between a Member and Switzerland, or where a Member considers that some difficulties may be experienced in obtaining visas, delegates can submit a visa request directly to Switzerland. However, under Annex I of the General Regulations of the Organization, this request must be sent by the delegate to the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization who will, in turn, submit it to Switzerland. 

Such requests must contain all the necessary details: name, surname, date and place of birth, father's name, nationality, passport number, date and place of issue, expiry date, profession, place where the visa is to be issued, and duration of stay in Switzerland. Requests should be received by the Secretary-General as far in advance of the session as possible.

 Information regarding entry visas for Switzerland and Swiss representation abroad may be found through the following links:

(i)         Do I require a visa?

(ii)        Swiss representations abroad

Visa.pngRequest for travel visa(s) with the assistance of WMO

It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary visas (for transits and final destination) prior to departure.    
You can verify your visa requirements on the CIBT website:

WMO can, if required and upon request, send a letter to the Embassy or Consulate concerned, indicating that you will participate in the above-mentioned meeting to facilitate the issuance of your visa. 

If you wish to benefit from this assistance, please fill in the Visa Request form (see link below), attach a copy of your passport and send it to
WMO will send a letter to the Embassy or Consulate concerned and copy you. It is, therefore, your responsibility to contact the Embassy or Consulate concerned to get an appointment for your visa.

Request for travel visas(s) with the assistance of WMO.doc

transportation.pngTransportation from airport

Hotels in Geneva provide all guests, upon demand, with a free ticket for public transport. In addition, upon arrival at Geneva airport, free tickets are available from the machine in the baggage claim hall before passing customs.

General information on how to get to WMO from the airport and how to get to the city centre can be found on the WMO website: link.


The local currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF).

The average exchange rate is as follows:

             1 EUR = 1.08 CHF

             1 USD = 0.97 CHF

information.pngHealth requirements/medical services

Up-to-date information on international travel and health requirements are provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the following websites:

It is strongly recommended that you take out personal medical insurance for the duration of the trip.

information.pngInternet facilities

Wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi) will be available in the main conference room and at the WMO Conference Centre. Access is free and does not require a password.

information.pngElectricity and mobile phone connection

Power systems are generally 230 volts and 50 Hz. An adaptor may be necessary.

Participants are advised to bring their own plug adapters to plug into Swiss power sockets. Information on the appropriate plugs may be found on the Internet.

information.pngUse of mobile telephones

Participants are kindly reminded that, as a courtesy to their colleagues, their mobile telephones should be muted on entry to the conference room. Participants are requested to hold phone conversations outside of the conference rooms.

information.pngLocal climate

Climate data in April for Geneva are listed below:

Mean temperature
9.1 °C
Mean maximum temperature 
14.1 °C
Mean minimum temperature4.2 °C
Mean relative humidity
72 %
Mean precipitation 
66 mm
Mean number of days with precipitation ³ 1 mm 
8 days
Mean duration of sunshine
7 h/day


hotel.pngHotel reservation

Participants are advised that hotel accommodation in Geneva and the surrounding area may be scarce. They should inquire with the hotels to see if it is possible to have special UN rates for the dates of their stay. Please find below the list of some of the hotels located in the vicinity of WMO.

1.            Hotel Ibis Genève Centre Lac

                Rue De Berne 26, Pâquis, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

2.             Hotel Drake-Longchamp

               Rue Butini 7, Pâquis, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

3.             Hotel Ibis Genève Centre Nations

               Rue du Grand Pré 33-35, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

4.             Hotel Les Nations

               Rue du Grand Pré 62, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

5.             Hotel Eden

               Rue de Lausanne 135, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

6.             Hotel Mon Repos

               Rue de Lausanne 131, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland


For more information, you can also consult the Geneva Tourism official website.

information.pngCoronavirus disease outbreak

Specific information regarding the Coronavirus disease outbreak can be found here.  You can also have a look at this information note for participants.