If you are looking forward to paying a visit to Geneva, you need
to plan some things in advance of your visit. From instance, searching
lodging, deciding what to pack etc; just have a look at this section,
this will help you make your trip hassle free.
Getting Here :
Geneva is well served by a modern and easy transportation system,
with a selection of world-class airports, international rail links,
and an extensive public transport system.
Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival with visa (issued
upon arrival) as well as return or onward travel ticket for stays
up to 30 days (may be extended on site). Passports with Israeli
stamps not accepted.
Regulations subject to frequent changes; inquire at General Consulate
in Geneva prior to departure.
Staying Here :
Geneva offers an unbeatable range of accommodation and there are
places to suit every size of wallet. Wherever you choose, make sure
your founding is Quality Assessed. Also remember to ask the hotel
about their reservation and cancellation policies, while booking
Money Exchange/Transfers :
Exchange money at banks, bureaux de change offices, some hotels
and some post offices. It's also often possible to withdraw money
from cash machines (ATMs).
American Express Travelers Cheques in USD and Swiss Bankers
Travelers Cheques in CHF accepted by banks, exchange offices
and larger hotels.
Purchase receipt often required when cashing cheques.
Please visit www.swissbankers.ch,
column «Country Information», then title «Where
to cash» for information (for ex. search engine to country/locality)
about fee free encashment locations.
If possible, please consider the recommended encashment locations.
Customer service / Local phone number for travelers cheque
replacement ® = place reverse-charge call or request return
call 800 0441 9406 Toll Free
Swiss Bankers Travelers Cheque Center: (41) 31 710 12 13
Credit cards :
Access, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, and Visa
are all widely accepted at restaurants, shops, theatres etc
Geneva Dress Code :
Casual but smart clothing outside of business is the norm,
with the possible exception of the more exclusive restaurants and
hotels which may stipulate a jacket and tie. For business meetings,
both men and women wear suits.
Greeting Someone in Geneva :
As in most countries, the handshake is considered a standard
greeting even if you are meeting somebody with whom you are already
acquainted. It is not customary to use Christian names unless you
have already been addressed in this way.
Geneva is a cosmopolitan city offering cuisine from all
over the world. Restaurants range from Swiss, Italian, French and
Indian. Geneva's own cooking is in the French style and is best
enjoyed with a bottle of local wine in one of the elegant restaurants
or country inns overlooking Lake Geneva.
Tipping Advice :
Tipping is expected, so tip according to your level of satisfaction.
A service charge is usually included on restaurant and hotel bills
of about 15 percent. Taxi drivers expect small tips, but be aware
that they also include service charges when billing.