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WTIS-18 - Practical information


The 16th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS-18) will be held from 10 to 12 December 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the following address:

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Place des Nations
1211 Geneva 20

WTIS-18 is organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


Registration for WTIS-18 will be carried out exclusively online. To register, please complete the WTIS-18 online registration form. Registered participants will receive a confirmation of registration letter by e-mail from ITU.

Participants are required to present their confirmation of registration letter to the Registration Desk at the Montbrillant entrance of the ITU, together with an official identity document bearing a photograph (e.g. passport or driving licence) in order to obtain their event badge. This badge must be worn at all times when entering or when inside the ITU premises.


Citizens of a number of countries are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Switzerland. The visa must be requested and obtained from the office (embassy or consulate) representing Switzerland in your country or, if there is no such office in your country, from the one that is closest to the country of departure.


Switzerland has implemented necessary measures to facilitate the issuance of visas for official delegates invited to take part in conferences and international meetings with organizations having concluded a headquarters agreement as well as other persons invited in the framework of good offices.

The time needed for a visa request to be processed may vary from case to case and could also depend on local circumstances. It is therefore strongly recommended to take the necessary steps well in advance so visas can be issued as required. In general, exceptions excluded, visa requests can be lodged at the earliest three months before the departure date and at the latest twenty one days before the departure date . All visa applicants should submit completed and signed application forms as well as all other necessary documents. Applications which are not complete will be delayed and not registered until complete.

Further information is available at: Swiss Confederation - Federal Office for Migration

Visa support

Participants may, if they encounter problems, request visa support . In such cases, the following information is required and should be submitted via e-mail to

- a scanned copy of an official letter (with your organization's letter head), addressed to BDT Director , duly stamped and signed by the highest authority in your organization and nominating you to participate in the 16th ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium, Geneva, Switzerland, 10 - 12 December 2018; and

- a passport copy containing:

Access to ITU buildings

Coming to ITU

The ITU premises have three buildings: The Tower Building, the Varembé Building and the Montbrillant Building. The Tower and Varembé Building access points have been equipped with electronically monitored security airlock systems (SASs). Each SAS is activated by access control technology that requires individual identification prior to entering or exiting the premises. Because of these recent changes:


LIST of hotels for delegates to ITU meetings Hotel bookings at preferential rates for ITU delegates

Delegates attending ITU conferences and meetings may benefit from special rates in a number of hotels in Geneva. The following procedure should be followed in order to simplify the reservation of hotel rooms on the special terms extended.

Note: ITU has established this procedure to facilitate, but not to deal with, reservations.

Transportation - Geneva Transport Card

Hotels and residences in the canton of Geneva now provide a free " Geneva Transport Card " valid for the duration of the stay.

This card will give you free access to Geneva public transport, including buses, trams, boats and trains as far as Versoix and the airport.

Electric Power supply

The voltage in Switzerland is similar to that in most other European countries, i.e. 230V/50Hz. Switzerland uses two types of electric plug: type C (two pins) and type J (three pins).


Ground floor of the ITU Montbrillant Building.

Other restaurants near ITU are listed in the table below.

Restaurant Vieux Bois

Avenue de la Paix 12

Cuisines: European , French , International

Phone : 022 919 24 26

Woods at the InterContinental hotel

Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 7-9

Cuisines: European , Gastropub, French

Phone : 022 919 33 33

Café du Soleil

Place du Petit-Saconnex 6

Cuisines: French , Swiss, European

Phone : 022 733 34 17

Chez ma Cousine

Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 2

Cuisines: European

Phone : 022 733 79 85

Thai Phuket

Avenue de France 33

Cuisines: Asian , Thai

Phone : 078 743 01 88

Restaurant-pizzeria Ariana

Rue de Montbrillant 1202

Cuisines: Italian , Swiss, Pizza, International , Spanish

Phone : 022 740 07 67

Restaurant Nations

Rue de Montbrillant 87

Cuisines: French , Mediterranean , European

Phone : 022 734 35 45

Restaurant du Château de Penthes

Chemin de l' Imperatrice 18 Château de Penthes

Cuisines: French , European

Phone : 022 734 48 65


Rue de Montbrillant 86

Cuisines: Japanese , Sushi , Asian

Phone : 078 976 66 54

La Romana

Rue de Vermont 37

Cuisines: Italian , Pizza , Mediterranean , European

Phone : 022 734 82 86

China Garden

Avenue De-Budé 15
Cuisines: Chinese , Asian

Phone : 022 733 21 91

Lemon café restaurant

rue du Vidollet 4

Phone : 022 733 60 24


La Colombe

chemin des Colombettes 11
Phone : 022 734 58 00

Emergency services

ITU security/reception 119
Police 117
Fire 118
Ambulance 144


Medical facilities

ITU Medical Service Ext: 5397

Varembé Building, First Floor (V.16)

0830-1230 hours, and 1400-1730 hours

Vermont: Grand-Pré medical centre
022 734 5150
9A rue de Vermont

SOS Médecins
022 748 4950
The doctor will come to your hotel or residence.


Pharmacie populaire
022 318 6912
67 rue de Montbrillant

Pharmacie des Colombettes
022 740 0160
1 chemin des Colombettes

Pharmacies outside normal opening hours

After 2300 hours, call 144 to find out which pharmacy is on special late-night duty. ​