Travel Information

BEFORE TRAVELLING / VISA REQUIREMENTS
Every traveller to Switzerland must have a valid passport.

If you are a citizen of European Union countries and/or Schengen zone countries, you won’t be required to obtain a visa to travel to Switzerland.

The majority of foreign nationals visiting Switzerland for a period of up to three months require a short stay Schengen visa. Foreign nationals from countries of the American Continent (with the exception of Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), and also Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from the visa requirement for their short stays less than three months.

Since the visa regulations of all countries depend on diplomatic agreements and may change time to time, AEPC 2022 participants are kindly required to check the current visa requirement for themselves and to apply for visa if necessary.

For information on visa please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you or read more through the official website of Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration:

Do I Require A Visa?

Home - Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration SEM

Switzerland's Online Visa System

 

TRAVEL REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID-19
As of June 2021, the official information on the website of State Secretariat for Migration of Switzerland is as below:

Persons who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated can once again enter Switzerland from a third country, i.e. a country outside the Schengen area.

To see what rules would apply for their own particular situation when entering Switzerland, our participants are kindly required to consult the online Travelcheck (an official system by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health FOPH) below.

To get further information about Switzerland's entry and stay regulations due to COVID-19 and/or the exceptions and suspension of visas, please see the COVID FAQ below. 

TravelCheck

COVID FAQ - Corona: Questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas



HOW TO GET THERE?

BY PLANE

Geneva Airport (GVA) is located just out of the city centre. There are several direct domestic and international flights arriving to and departing from Geneva Airport.

 

 

 

 Some important details about Geneva Airport:

  • more than 50 European and international airlines
  • 142 direct flight destinations
  • a 'French sector’ to arrive in or board from France without entering Switzerland
  • a railway station with connections to the centre of Geneva, Switzerland and Europe
  • more than 80 boutiques and a wide selection of restaurants
  • long-stay parking
  • two duty-free shops (arrival and departure)

Genève Aéroport
Information: +41 22 717 71 05
Flight information: 0900 57 15 00
https://www.gva.ch/en/

Transportation to Geneva City from the Airport
Geneva Airport is the final (and the first) train station for all trains coming to/departing from Geneva city. All trains departing from Geneva Airport station stop in the city centre of Geneva in Gare Cornavin. It is only a 7-minutes trip between the two stations, up to seven trains per hour at peak hours.

Geneva City offers passengers on arrival a free ticket to use public transport in Geneva for 80 minutes, including the journey by train from Geneva Airport to Gare Cornavin. The free tickets can be picked-up from the ticket machine in the baggage claim area (at Arrivals), just next to the Info desk.

Kindly note that there are no additional ticket machines to claim these free tickets when you exit this area, therefore, please keep in mind to get your free ticket before leaving the baggage claim hall.

It is required to keep your flight ticket during the usage of this free ticket which may be asked in the case of a ticket control in the train.

Upon your arrival to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get to your hotel. Please make sure to check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

The tram/bus line and station information for the Meeting venue (CICG) is provided on the Venue page. You can visit the Venue page by clicking here.


BY TRAIN

Geneva can be reached very easily by train with its three railway stations at the core of Europe’s rail network. The Swiss Railway network reaches every corner of Switzerland. And France’s high-speed trains TGV from Paris reach Geneva’s main railway station (Gare Cornavin) in just three hours!

Upon your arrival to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get to your hotel. Please make sure to check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

Please click here for further information about Gare Cornavin.

Please click here to review the layout plan of Gare Cornavin.

BY CAR

Geneva is located at the crossroads of the European motorway network. A perfect city for a perfect city break on the way from North to South. The N1 motorway alongside Lake Geneva circles the city and leads straight into the centre. At the French border in Bardonnex, it joins the A40 towards Lyon and Paris, or Chamonix and Italy.

Access to the Swiss motorways requires a motorway tax sticker, available at post offices, at the border or at garages.

Driving speed:
In town: 50 km/hr (some zones 30 km/hr)
Outside built-up areas (national roads): 80 km/hr
Motorways: 120 km/hr

The wearing of seat belts both in front and back seats of vehicles is compulsory.