Practical Information

Here you will find all the information about the services and facilities available to the media at Lausanne 2020 and practical tips about travelling to Switzerland.

Entry visas

The Youth Olympic Accreditation Card (YOAC) will not function as a visa and will not authorise entry into Switzerland. Each individual will be responsible for ensuring that he or she has the travel documents required for entry.

A list of nationalities that require a Schengen visa and guidelines on the application process can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration and Switzerland’s Online visa system.

Lausanne 2020 will provide the accredited media with a visa invitation letter to support their visa application process, if required. This letter will be available for download from the Media Registration Portal once the accreditation request has been approved by the IOC Media Relations team.

Individuals applying for a Schengen visa at the official Swiss representation with the Lausanne 2020 visa invitation letter will be exempt from the visa fees. Individuals applying for a Schengen visa through an external service provider or private visa agencies will have to pay the service provider’s fee. Should another Schengen State issue a visa on behalf of Switzerland, the visa fee may apply.

Please note that paid visas or service provider’s fees or any cost related to the renewal or application for a biometric passport will not be reimbursed by Lausanne 2020.

For more information, please download the Visa Guide (available in English only).


Lausanne 2020 online booking platform operated from 19 August until 31 October 2019 and is now closed.

Media are advised to use the accommodation platform for spectators, family and friends created in close collaboration with Lausanne Tourisme to facilitate the stay of sports enthusiasts at Lausanne 2020 competition venues.

This platform puts the customer in direct contact with the owners of hotels, inns, residences and chalets. In case you have any questions regarding the booking process, please do not hesitate to contact Lausanne Tourisme at

If you need to make a group booking on behalf of your accredited media organisation, please contact Lausanne 2020 Media Operations at

Main Media Centre

The Main Media Centre (MMC), comprised of the Main Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre, will be located in the Flon district at the heart of Lausanne. It will be adjacent to the Medals Plaza and a short metro trip away from the Youth Olympic Village, the Main Accreditation Centre and the Malley venues hosting the Short Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events, as well as the Opening Ceremony.

Lausanne main train station is one metro stop away from the MMC, reachable within a 15-minute walk.

The MMC will be open to the accredited media between 6-23 January 2020.


Accredited media at Lausanne 2020 will be entitled to use the public transport system free of charge for transfers to and from YOG competition and non-competition venues by presenting their Youth Olympic Accreditation Card (YOAC) during the following periods:

  • in Lausanne area: from 5 to 24 January 2020
  • within St. Moritz: from 7 to 22 January 2020

Please note that YOAC will not cover travel to St. Moritz. Media wishing to travel to St. Moritz by public transport from Lausanne or other venues will need to pay for their tickets.

Lausanne 2020 Arrivals & Departures service will also operate by means of public transportation and will be provided free of charge to the accredited media between 5-24 January 2020 for the following connections:

  • Geneva International Airport to Lausanne main train station (by train);
  • Lausanne main train station to the official media hotels in Lausanne or Main Accreditation Centre (by metro/bus).

Further information will be available in the Lausanne 2020 Media Guide in December 2019.