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Information on the coronavirus for meeting participants
at United Nations Geneva

The UN family in Geneva remains engaged and committed to delivering our mandate for the people we serve.

Information for journalists: the bi-weekly press briefings for UN accredited correspondents on Tuesdays and Fridays are maintained, in a hybrid format (with both in person and remote participation).

UN Library & Archives Geneva is open to the UN Geneva community and to researchers by appointment; visit this page for updates on the Library & Archives services. Online resources are available and include a large selection of open access materials. Librarians and archivists are available to answer your questions at ask.unog.ch.


If you have cold- or flu- like symptoms or you are awaiting a COVID-19 PCR test result, you must not come to the UN premises.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been present at the UN premises in Geneva within the previous 14 days, you are requested to inform the UN Medical Service (phone +41 (022) 917 25 20), or if your attendance was for an official meeting, you may contact the meeting organizer.

If you develop cold- or flu- type symptoms while at the UN premises, please contact the UN Security Control Centre: +41 (0) 22 917 29 00 or 112 from any fixed phone in the Palais. Security personnel will assist you and contact the UN Medical Service.

COVID-19 measures for meetings at the Palais des Nations

Since June, the Swiss federal authorities have progressively lifted the COVID-19 related restrictions on public and private gatherings, which has enabled physical meetings to gradually resume at the Palais des Nations with comprehensive safety measures in place.

In line with the current Swiss measures, UN Geneva allows up to 1000 external meeting participants on premises at a time, while the number of participants in each meeting cannot exceed 300 persons.
  • The COVID-19 temporary occupancy limits of each conference room must be respected, and seating has been blocked off to ensure adequate physical distancing between meeting participants.
  • All meeting participants (even those who hold UNOG ground entry passes) must register to events via Indico.UN, including providing a contact phone number.
  • Any person who has flu- or cold- like symptoms or is awaiting a COVID-19 PCR test result must not come to the UN premises.
  • All persons physically present inside and around conference rooms must wear a face covering mask. Masks are also required in catering and retail outlets on the premises, and are strongly encouraged in other communal areas.
  • Important hygiene measures such as regular hand washing, cough/sneeze etiquette and keeping safe distances must be respected.

For medical assistance at the Palais des Nations

In case of an EMERGENCY while at the Palais des Nations,
dial the Security Control Centre (24hrs) +41 (0)22 917 2900
(or 112 from any fixed-line phone in the Palais)

For advice or to report a COVID-19 case, please call the UN Medical Service nurses at +41 (0)22 917 28 07,
or reception at +41 (0)22 917 25 20.

Coronavirus hotline in Switzerland:
+41 (0)58 463 0000
Medical emergency Switzerland: dial 144
Medical emergency France: dial 15
Federal Office of Public Health

For local information on what to do in case of symptoms, visit the Canton of Geneva website.

For medical assistance outside of the Palais des Nations

Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4, 1205 Geneva
+41 (0)22 372 33 11 - www.hug-ge.ch
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Rue de Vermont 9a, 1202 Geneva
+41 (0)22 734 51 50 - www.pmv.ch
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Avenue J.-D.-Maillard 3, 1217 Meyrin
+41 (0)22 719 61 11 - www.la-tour.ch/fr
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Chemin des Grangettes 7, 1224 Chêne-Bougeries
+41 (0)22 305 01 11 - website
Open: Mon-Fri, 7.00am – 11.pm; Sat-Sun, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

(House calls by doctor) +41 (0)22 754 54 54 - www.gemed.ch
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

(House calls by doctor) +41 (0)22 748 49 50 - website
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week

How can I prevent the spread of viruses?

  • Keep a safe distance from other people
  • Clean hands frequently
    • With soap and water, or
    • With an alcohol-based hand rub (at least 30 seconds)
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue, when coughing or sneezing
    • Throw the issue away immediately in a closed bin and wash hands
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Stay at home or in your accommodation if you have COVID-19 type symptoms