Medical devices

Second WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices

‘Priority Medical Devices for Universal Health Coverage’
22-24 November 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

Travel, Hotel and Venue Information

Visa information:

It is your responsibility to obtain any vaccinations and visas which may be necessary for this travel. In this regard please verify with the nearest Swiss Embassy or consulate whether you are required to have a visa to enter Switzerland, please see:

If you have already submitted a request for visa through the registration process, WHO will provide you with a visa support letter, which you should present to the competent Swiss representation when applying for a visa. WHO has been informed that visa procedures may take up to 21 days. You are therefore urged to apply for a visa well in advance of your planned departure date. It is understood that the decision whether or not to issue a visa to any applicant rests with the competent Swiss authorities.

Geneva Information:

For information regarding tourism or other hotels, you may visit the official website:

Official language in Geneva is French, but the UN Organizations work primarily in English.

Hotel information:

You may look at our list of pre-booked hotels below and choose according to your needs. Please note that the payment of your hotel room is your own responsibility. To book a hotel at the IBIS, please complete the registration form below.


    Arriving at Cointrin Airport:

You will need to arrange your own transport. You may take a train, bus, or taxi. If taking public transportation (train or bus), make sure to take a FREE ticket inside the baggage claim area. If you do not take this ticket, you will have to pay for your transportation.

  • The train and bus cost is 3.50 CHF per hour, (10 CHF for a ticket that you can use for the entire day)
  • Taxi cost is around 35 USD depending on your destination.

Signs to reach the train station, bus stops, and taxi stands are clearly marked. The train and Bus 5 will take you into the city’s main train station, Gare Cornavin. From there, you can either walk to your hotel or take another mode of transport to reach your hotel. Please contact your hotel for details on the best way to arrive.


    Arriving at the CICG:

Ask the reception. Near all pre-booked hotels (except Ibis Nations), you have the tram 15 which you can take in the direction of Nations and get off at the last stop.
Once you arrive at Nations, you need to go to your left (not in direction of the Palais des Nations), cross the street and walk down Rue de Varembe to reach the CICG (about 3 minutes). For maps, please visit

    Food at the venue:

You will be given about one and a half hour to go to lunch. Please note that no food will be provided. We recommend you have breakfast at your hotel, and then for breaks or lunch to go to the CICG restaurant in the venue, which has economic prices for beverages and food packages for you to purchase (meals around 10 CHF and 20 CHF).


November is cold so make sure to bring a good jacket/coat.
Temperature is around 10° C or less. Snow is possible. Check the weather forecast.


Local currency is Swiss Francs (CHF) not Euros. Exchange rate is around US $ 0.93.

Other Important Information:

It is important that you always carry your passport with you for identification purposes.