Venue

The 2019 Spring Meetings will take place in Washington, D.C. from Monday, April 8, through Sunday, April 14.

Venues & Services

Meeting Venues



Services


Badge Access


Attendees must display their Spring Meetings photo identification badges to enter through the perimeter checkpoints. It is not advisable, however, to wear identification badges in public outside the perimeter, especially if there are demonstrators nearby.

Passport & Visas

Before departure, participants should verify whether a visa is required for travel to the United States and obtain entry visas from the U.S. diplomatic or consular missions in their countries. The lack of a valid visa may cause authorities to deny boarding at the port of embarkation, as well as delays in clearance with immigration authorities upon arrival at the port of entry into the United States. 

Participants should refer to the U.S. State Department website, or with their nearest U.S. diplomatic or consular mission, for information regarding visa procedures that will be in effect at the time of the Spring Meetings. Participants should also review updated guidance regarding the Visa Waiver Program.

Hotels

THE RESERVATIONS DEADLINE FOR ROOMS WITHIN THE SPRING MEETINGS BLOCK HAS NOW PASSED.

Partner hotels may continue to offer rooms subject to availability. Click here to view the list of hotels and instructions for making reservations. Click here to view the Hotel Map. Refer to the Hotel Rate Sheet and Procedures for Hotel Reservations for more information. A credit card will be required to reserve a hotel room. Please note that confirmed registration for the Spring Meetings is not a guarantee of hotel accommodations in the participant hotel block.

Transportation


Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. 

Metro

The Metro stations closest to headquarters buildings are Farragut West, Foggy Bottom or Farragut North, servicing the Orange, Blue, Silver and Red lines. 

Hours of operation: 

  • Monday - Thursday: 5:00 am - 11:30 pm
  • Friday: 5:00 am - 1:00 am
  • Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 am
  • Sunday: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Shuttles

There will be no shuttle service between the Spring Meetings hotels and the meetings venues. Monday through Friday, Spring Meetings participants may use the Bank staff shuttle between the Bank's MC Building and the IFC Building, which runs from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm and departs every 30 minutes from the MC building main entrance (H Street). On Saturday and Sunday, a shuttle will run between MC and IFC at regular intervals.

Other Options

There are many other transportation options throughout the city, including ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, and bikeshare programs like Capital Bikeshare, Mobike, Limebike, Jump

Security


Perimeter

A security perimeter will be established around the World Bank MC and IMF HQ1 and HQ2 buildings. When the perimeter is in place, access will be limited to those carrying World Bank or IMF staff photo IDs or Spring Meetings badges.

Visitor passes will not be issued from Friday, April 12, until Sunday, April 14.

Access

A Spring Meetings registration badge or World Bank Group/IMF staff ID is required for access inside the security perimeter and entry into all meetings venues. All visitors, including Spring Meetings badge holders, will be subject to magnetometer and x-ray screening. From Friday, April 12, until Sunday, April 14, all persons, including World Bank and IMF staff, will be screened at perimeter entry points, and should plan enough time for this process. 

Spring Meetings badges will allow participants to access buildings from Monday, April 8, until Sunday, April 14. Delegates (only) will be allowed access to the buildings through Friday, April 19 with their Spring Meetings badge. All persons planning to come to the World Bank or IMF buildings to attend a Spring Meetings event should register. 

Press badges grant access to the press room, press conferences and press briefings. Members of the press must be accompanied by a staff escort within office areas at all times. 

Some meetings and events may have additional access restrictions. Participants will be notified in advance of any special requirements.

General Safety

  • In an emergency, the buildings may be evacuated or you may be told to remain indoors until the situation has been resolved. In either instance, you will be notified by public address announcement, messages on digital signage/video monitors, or by security personnel.
  • Visibly display your Meetings registration badge at all times inside the venues. Keep your registration badge in a secure place when outside the security perimeter, but readily accessible in order to display upon request at security checkpoints.
  • If you lose your badge, immediately notify Spring Meetings staff.
  • Do not leave laptops, mobile phones, or other personal items unattended.
  • Avoid areas where crowds are congregating. If your entry into the buildings is impeded by demonstrators, seek assistance from security or police.
  • Accept, without comment, printed materials offered by demonstrators; do not engage in conversations or debates.
  • Obey the instructions of police and security officers at all times.
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