How to Get to WHO
building is situated at the end of Avenue Appia on the
outskirts of Geneva, about three kilometres from the
centre of town and about one and a half kilometres from
the Palais des Nations.
Most Geneva taxi
drivers know the headquarters building as "OMS" (Avenue
Appia). There are taxi stands located at almost all main
squares in Geneva and outside the Palais des Nations.
Taxis can be called by telephone by dialing the
following numbers: 022 320 20 20, 022 320 22 02 and 022
331 41 33. It takes about 10 minutes to get to WHO from
the airport or from the railway station. The approximate
fares are 25-30sfr and 20sfr, respectively.
and tramway services
From Monday to Friday,
WHO can be reached by bus "8" - with the destination
board indicating OMS. It runs from Veyrier and WHO via
Rive (the centre of town) and the Place Cornavin
The new extension of
Line 13 (Palettes - Plainpalais - Cornavin) to Nations
now serves the international organizations
They must be purchased
before entering buses. Individual tickets are available
from vending machines at the bus stops. The normal fare
for one adult ticket is SF2.20. Please note that the
vending machines do not give change. Cards for multiple
trips at a reduced price can be purchased at the Naville
Kiosk in the headquarters building and from newsagents
in town bearing the "TPG" sign.
There is no "8" bus
service to WHO on Saturdays, Sundays and public
holidays. As an alternative, the "F" bus service runs
from the Place Cornavin to Ferney Voltaire/Gex (France),
stopping at the Vie-des-Champs next to UNAIDS building.
The "F" bus runs on Saturdays and Sundays as well as
during the week every 30 minutes.
Bus "18" runs from the
Place des Nations via Vie-des-Champs to Palexpo and the
airport, every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday and
various times on Sunday.
The relevant bus
timetables are displayed on the board next to the WHO
reception desk as well as at all bus stops.
Parking space is very
limited and visitors are encouraged to use public
transportation. The general traffic regulations and rules
for parking in the WHO grounds or their immediate
vicinity are the same as those in force throughout
Switzerland. Motorists are requested to follow the
instructions of the guards as well as the various
traffic signs. In the event of an accident, the guards,
or in their absence, the usher on duty at the main
entrance (tel. 13152/13058), are responsible for the
organization of first aid. The number for emergencies is
Smoking is not
permitted in the WHO buildings.
Take the utmost precautions with all their personal
WHO will not be responsible for the loss of personal
objects left unattended at meetings.
The usher at the main
reception desk will provide information to visitors in
connection with conference rooms and other facilities
available in the building, and will also order taxis.
Coat stands A number of unattended coat stands are
available in several parts of the building, i.e. near
the main entrance, outside the Executive Board room and
all other conference rooms, and in the restaurant.
The Organization cannot
accept responsibility for coats or belongings left at
coat stands. Please do not leave your valuables,
especially briefcases and laptop computers, unattended
due to thefts.
Facilities for Persons
with Disabilities The main building and annexes, with
the exception of the upper level of Annex V and X, are
all accessible to persons in wheelchairs; pavement kerbs
having been replaced by ramps wherever necessary,
including at the bus stop. Four parking spaces in
Parking P.4 near the entrance to Annex L are reserved
for persons with disabilities.
The Post Office (tel.
12043) is on the lower level of the main hall. It is
open from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 16:30. It
provides full postal, telegraph and telephone
facilities. WHO stamps may be used on outgoing letters
mailed from the WHO Post Office only; they should not be
used together with ordinary Swiss postage stamps. There
is a mail box in Annex L.
There is a branch of
the Union des Banques Suisses (UBS) (tel. 12044/5), that
handles routine banking and exchange operations. It is
located on the ground floor of Annex L. It is open from
8:30 to 16:30 non-stop from Monday to Friday.
There is a Carlson
Wagonlit Travel Agency (tel. 12046), which handles
tickets and bookings for all travel, including
confirmation of return flights, car rentals, hotel
reservations, travellers' cheques, etc. It is open from
8:30 to 16:30 Monday to Friday. There is also a smaller
branch on the ground floor of Annex L (tel. 13502).
books, postcards, chocolates, souvenirs, etc. (but no
cigarettes or tobacco) are on sale at the Naville Kiosk
situated in the main hall, next to the central block of
elevators (tel. 13054). It is open from 7:30 to 16:30
non-stop from Monday to Friday.
An automatic camera
booth is located next to the Naville Kiosk. The charge
for four passport-size colour photographs is nominal.
Automatic card printing
machine An apparatus to print different types of cards
(for a modest charge) is available next to the Naville
WHO Restaurant, Cafeteria
The restaurant is open
from 11:30 to 14:00, Monday to Friday and can
accommodate approximately 100 persons. It provides fixed
menus as well as ?a-carte menus. Receptions (up to 500
guests), luncheons and dinners can be arranged, under
certain conditions, through the Head, RMS (office 8149,
The cafeteria provides
three different "plats du jour" in addition to a
vegetarian and a daily special dish as well as a
selection of hors-d'oeuvres and desserts, at moderate
prices. It is open from 11:30 to 14:00 Monday to Friday.
The snack-counter is
open from 8:00 to 17:30 from Monday to Thursday and
17:00 on Friday, with grilled items and a small salad
bar at lunch times.
There is also a
cafeteria on the ground floor of the M Building, open
from 8.00 to 16:00. Vending machines for snacks and hot
and cold beverages are located throughout the main
building and in the annexes.
Situated on the lower
level of the main hall, the WHO Library is open from
9:00 to 16:30 from Monday to Friday (tel. 12062). It
contains a complete collection of all publications and
documents issued by the Organization, both at
headquarters and in the regional offices, since its
inception as well as other journals.
During sessions of the
World Health Assembly and the Executive Board, it is
open from 8:15 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday and on
Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 12:30.
Emergency 11114. The
Medical Service is available to participants in meetings
needing urgent medical attention. It is located on the
second basement (Executive Board room level).
Participants wishing to
consult the staff physician may obtain an appointment
through the secretariat of the Service (tel. 13040). In
addition, the nurse can administer injections on
presentation of a medical prescription.
The Medical Service is
open from 8:15 to 12:45 and from 13:30 to 17:00 from
Monday to Friday. From 8:00 to 17:30 a nurse is on duty
at the Medical Service at the Palais des Nations (tel.
97-72807, Door 2).
Participants who wish
to visit France should obtain a French visa before they
leave their home country, as visas are not available