Venue and logistics

International Forum on Food Safety and Trade - "The Future of Food Safety - Transforming knowledge into action for people, economies and the environment"

Geneva, WTO Headquarters

Useful information



The International Forum on Food Safety and Trade will be hosted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

How to get to the WTO

By bus: Bus 28 takes you directly to the WTO (direction Jardin Botanique; stop: Jardin Botanique). Geneva International Airport offers you a free ticket into town, valid throughout the « Tout Genève » zone of the Geneva Public Transport system. You can get the ticket from the automatic distributor, located in the baggage claim area, just before going through customs. It is valid for 80 minutes for public transport (bus, train, tram) and is available to arriving passengers only.

By taxi: If you prefer to take a taxi, they can be found directly outside the arrival hall. Please note that taxis are generally expensive in Geneva. A one-way fare to the WTO should cost around CHF40.

By train:

  • Take any train leaving from the airport and get off at the first stop - Gare Cornavin (average trip time: 8 minutes).
  • Outside of the train station (i.e. "Gare Cornavin"), take bus number 1 or 25 from the stop (direction Jardin Botanique) and get off at the last stop "Jardin Botanique". You will see the WTO building right in front of you.


World Trade Organization | Centre William Rappard
Rue de Lausanne 154
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Tel: +41 22 739 51 11


You can pick up a free ticket for public transport from the machine in the baggage collection area at the Arrival level. This Unireso ticket, offered by Geneva International Airport, allows you to use public transport (bus, train, tram) in Geneva free for a period of 80 minutes.

If you are already in town: The WTO is conveniently serviced by four major bus routes (N°1, N°11, N°25 and N°28). Take any of these buses in the direction of Jardin Botanique. The WTO building is located across the street from the Jardin Botanique bus stop. A one-way bus fare costs CHF3.00. The ticket is valid for 1 hour.

Registration & badges


All participants need to register via the online registration platform.

Registration deadline is on 8 April 2019. Please note there will be no possibility to extend the registration beyond this date.


  • As you pass through the main gates of the WTO, please proceed to the Welcome Pavilion to obtain your identification badge. The Welcome Pavilion is the glass building located on the right-hand side, immediately as you pass through the main gates of the WTO.
  • Please do not forget to bring your photo identification card or passport as you will be asked to present it in order to collect your badge.
  • Please make sure that you arrive at the WTO early enough to pick up your badge (registration will open at 8:00 am)

Forum materials

Forum materials will be made available on the dedicated website of the event. Participants are encouraged to use personal lap-tops/tablets during the Forum as the event will be generally paperless.

Visa information

Please check the Swiss visa requirements for your country of origin with the Consulate of Switzerland in your country of departure or via the following link.

Obtaining a Swiss visa may take up to one month. Kindly note that visa costs will not be refunded.

Facilities at the WTO

Maps of the area

Map of the WTO and surrounding area

Map of the WTO

1) Welcome pavilion
2) WTO Main building
3) WTO Council Room (CR)
4) WTO cafeteria building

Amenities (e.g. Cafes, Restaurants, Grocery stores, Hotels, Medical Centre) near to the WTO

Restaurant facilities in or near the WTO

A variety of options are available for dining in or around the WTO:

In the WTO:

  • The WTO cafeteria offers meals, salads and beverages.
  • The WTO coffee bar (atrium) located on the ground floor of the main building offers all sorts of beverages, sandwiches and salads (for a quick bite).

Around the WTO (see map of Amenities):

  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has a cafeteria with a lovely terrace offering beautiful views of the Leman Lake along with lunch options ranging from 12 to 20 CHF. It is open from 12:30 to 14:30 and can be accessed upon presentation ofa valid ID.
  • Across the street from the WTO (next to the Jardin Botanique stop), there is a small supermarket which is also a popular destination for those interested in fresh sandwiches and salads at reasonable prices.
  • A Chinese buffet is available at the Tsing Tao Restaurant (12 avenue de Sécheron), around the corner from the small supermarket (the buffet costs approximately CHF22 and lunch menus CHF15). There is also a Lebanese restaurant (Layalina, 121rue de Lausanne). The Hotel Eden restaurant (135 rue de Lausanne) offers Swiss/French/Italian eating. Like most restaurants in Geneva, a reasonably-priced lunch menu or suggestion of the day can be found.

Useful links

We thank you for your interest in participating in this Forum and look forward to welcoming you to Geneva!