Guide for Participants


2019 Annual Meetings: October 14 - 20, Washington DC



For more information specific to Delegates and EDs




Attendance to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) Annual Meetings is by invitation only. All participants must be accredited in advance of the Meetings. To facilitate accreditation and registration, the participants are divided into different categories, described below. Please determine your registration category and submit your registration request accordingly.

Registration Desk & Badge Pick-up

The Main Registration Desk will be located in the I Building lobby (1850 I Street, NW) and will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14, and remain open each day until the close of the meetings on Sunday, October 20. All participants are urged to register promptly. Participants are required to show passports or other means of government-issued photo identification. Annual Meetings identification badges must bear a current photograph of the registrant, participants must be photographed and obtain their individual registration badge. Annual Meetings registration badges will be required prior to entry into the Annual Meetings venues.

A satellite registration desk, for the use of Executive Directors offices only, will be located in the lobby of the IMF HQ1 Building, from Monday, October 14, through Sunday, October 20. Hours of operation will reflect those of the Main Registration Desk.

Click here for complete information on Meetings registration.


Annual Meetings badges will allow participants to access all IMF and WBG buildings from Monday, October 14, through Sunday, October 20, with the exception of Delegate badges which expire on Friday, October 25.

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. Members of the press requiring building access after Ocotber 20 must comply with IMF/WBG visitor procedures.


All participants must present their Annual Meetings photo identification badges or IMF/WBG staff badges to enter through the perimeter checkpoints. A badge should always be displayed inside the security perimeter. It is not advisable, however, to wear identification badges in public outside the perimeter, especially if there are demonstrators nearby.

The usual procedures of granting visitor passes at IMF buildings and WBG buildings will be suspended for Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20.

Guests who are invited to attend the Annual Meetings' events in the IMF and WBG on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 20, must register for a Annual Meetings’ Guest badge.

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All participants should ensure that passports are valid for at least six months from the date of entry and consult information provided by the U.S. Department of State for the latest information on visas and entry requirements. Additional information regarding visa and travel restrictions can be found at the Department of Homeland Security.


If visas are required, applications should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing.

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The 2019 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group will be held in Washington, D.C, Monday, October 14, to Sunday, October 20.

Review the Campus Map

DAR Constitution Hall

1776 D Street, NW
(D and 18th Street, NW)

IMF HQ 1 Building

700 19th Street NW, 20431 

Floor plans:

Level 3
Level 2
Level 1
Level C
Level R
Level B


• ATM (Level 1)
• Bistro (Level 2)
• Business Center Conference Rooms (Levels Red-10)
• Cafe (Level 2)
• Exhibits (Level 1-2)
• Gift Shop (Level 1)
• Fun Publications (Red Level, Gallery)
• Information (Level 1, Lobby)
• Networking Lounge (Level 1)

IMF HQ 2 Building

1900 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 20431

Floor plans:

Level 3
Level 2
Level 1


• ATM (Level 1)
• Banking Services (Level 1)
• Bistro (Level 2)
• Business Lounge (Level 3)
• Business Center Conference Rooms (Levels 3-18)
• Cafe (Level 2)
• Civil Society Lounge (Level 3)
• Interpreters' lounge(Level 11)
• Information (Level 1)
• IMF Connect (Level 2)
• Media Partners Publication (Level 2)
• Press Center (Level 2)

World Bank Group

MC Building 1818 H Street NW, 20433


• ATM (Lobby & Level C1)
• Atrium Cafe (Atrium, Level 2)
• Bank Store and Illy Coffee Bar (Lobby, Level 1)
• Banking Services (Level C2)
• Business Center Conference Rooms (Levels 2-11)
• Business Lounge (Lobby)
• Cafeteria (Level C1)
• Cafe Nation (Level C1)
• Executive Dining Room (Level C1)
• Health Clinic(Level C2)
• Information (Lobby, Level 1)
• MC Global Hall (Level C1)
• Press Lounge (Level 1)


C Building – 1225 Connecticut Avenue NW, 20036


• Coffee Bar (Level 2)
• Cafeteria (Level 2)

F Building – 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 20433


• Banking Services (Level 1)
• Cafe (Level 1)
• Cafeteria (Level K)

F Building – 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 20433


• Banking Services (Level 1)
• Cafe (Level 1)
• Cafeteria (Level K)

G Building – 1776 G Street NW, 2006


I Building – 1850 I Eye Street NW, 20006


• Cafe (Level 2)
• Cafeteria (Level 1)
• Civil Society Center (Level 2)
• Registration (Level 1)

J Building – 701 18th Street NW, 20006


• Business Center Conference Rooms (Levels 2-11)
• Business Lounge (Level 1)
• Cafeteria (Level 1)
• Visitor Center (Level 1)

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Requesting a Meeting Room

IMF Internal only link to EMS meeting room booking system.

For questions or information on requesting spaces:

Information Desks

Information Desks will be set up in HQ1 and HQ2 to handle general inquiries. HQ1 & HQ2 Information desks will be staffed from Monday , October 14, through Sunday, October 20.

Registration Counters for the Annual Meetings will open on Monday morning, October 14, at the Main Registration Desk located in the lobby of the I Building (1850 I Street, NW). Registration will operate through Sunday, October 20. Delegate badges for the Annual Meetings will be valid for entry into all Annual Meetings buildings from Monday, October 14, through Sunday, Ocotber 25. 

IMF and WBG Staff, including field office staff who have headquarters-issued regular IMF/WBG staff IDs, will be permitted to access all buildings with their staff photo ID and do NOT need to register unless attending Meetings where additional credentials are required.

Banking Services

Limited banking services, including cashing of travelers checks and foreign exchange, are available in the IMF and WBG Headquarters during regular business hours but will be closed over the Annual Meetings weekend.

Automatic teller machines are located in the following buildings:

IMF HQ1 – Level 1, Main Lobby

IMF HQ2 – Level 1, West Lobby

WBG MC – Level C1, Level C2, and Main Lobby near the NW elevators

WBG J Building – Main Lobby

Business Centers

Business Centers with Wi-Fi access, internet-ready, scanners/copiers, networking spaces and two attendants will be available in the IMF’s HQ2 (Location TBD), open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday, October 14, to Sunday, October 20, and in the World Bank’s MC building.

Business Center Conference Rooms

Business Center Conference Rooms will be available in the IMF’s HQ1 and HQ2 buildings and the WBG’s J and MC buildings. In the IMF they can be reserved through the “Book a Meeting” link on the IMF Connect platform, by phone at (202) 623-0678, or email: IMF, Executive Business Center. In the WBG, these rooms can be reserved through the Bank’s EMS system or via These conference rooms can be reserved in 30 minutes windows for up to two hours.

Delegations requiring conference space in the IMF buildings should contact Ms. Isabel Cheng by e-mail at or by phone at (202) 623-9921.

All queries regarding conference space in WBG buildings should be directed to Mr. Sholto Stewart by email at or by phone at (202) 522-8299.


Health and medical service will be provided by the MedStar Health Clinic, which is located in the Bank MC Building, Level C2. In addition to the normal weekday operations, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., the Health Clinic will be available, as needed, on Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, Ocober 20. Participants who have medicines requiring refrigeration may use the facilities in the Health Clinic for this purpose.

Emergency ambulance service can be requested by dialing 88888 from within any WBG building and dialing 39911 from within any IMF building. For emergencies outside the IMF/WBG buildings, dial 911.


The IMF Publications Program will have a booth set up in the HQ1 lobby from Tuesday, October 14, through Sunday, October 19. Staff will be on hand to provide demonstrations of the IMF eLibrary and answer questions about the IMF Publications Program. Some complimentary publications will be available at the booth and other locations in HQ1 and HQ2.

Wi-Fi Access

Complimentary Wi-Fi Access will be available in all venues during the week of the Annual Meetings. The Wi-Fi passcode will be posted throughout the meetings venues.  

Gift Shop

IMF branded products can be found on the official  Souvenirs link. To purchase any of the items below (and others), please visit the IMF Gift Shops in the Lobby area of HQ1 or send an email with your request to

Food & Beverage

Where to Dine & Shop


Document Services

Official Documents

All official documents and members’ statements will be published on IMF Connect, including the IMF Flagship Publications and documents and statements for the IMFC. Publically available IMFC documents and statements will also be posted on IMF Connect.

For assistance with submitting or accessing official documents please contact the Documents Team by email at or by phone at (202) 623-6760.

Other Document Related Services

Document Translations - Requests for translation of Annual Meetings-related documents should be submitted through the usual channels established for IMF/WBG translation requests. Should you require additional information or experience any difficulty in submitting your translation requests, please contact the Chief Translator's Office (

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From Monday, October 14, through Thursday, October 17, access restrictions will be in place at HQ1 and HQ2 buildings. Similar restrictions will be in place at World Bank buildings.

Monday, October 14 – Thursday, October 17 (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.):

Anyone entering HQ1 and HQ2 buildings, who does not have a regular Fund/WBG ID, will be subject to magnetometer and x-ray screening. Those carrying and presenting regular Fund/WBG IDs can bypass screening at specific HQ1 and HQ2 entrances (see below).

HQ1 19th Street entrances: Staff can enter without screening by using the revolving doors. Annual Meetings badge holders will be screened.

HQ1 Visitor’s Center: Press and visitors will be screened.

HQ2 19th Street entrance: Staff can enter without screening. Others are not permitted.

HQ2 Visitor’s Center (Press entrance): Press will be screened. (Note: Security may at times direct others to this entrance for screening, to address long queues elsewhere.)

HQ2 Pennsylvania Avenue entrance: Staff, visitors, and Annual Meetings badge holders will be screened.

HQ2 Credit Union entrance: Staff can enter without screening. Annual Meetings badge holders are not permitted.

HQ2 20th Street Vendor entrance: Closed.

HQ1 and HQ2 tunnel: Staff, visitors, and Annual Meetings badge holders may pass without screening.

HQ1 and World Bank tunnel: Staff and Annual Meetings badge holders may pass without screening.

HQ1 and HQ2 19th Street sidewalk: Staff, visitors, and Annual Meetings badge holders may pass between buildings without screening.

Friday, October 18 (8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.):

Individuals attending the Plenary Session at DAR Constitution Hall on the morning of Friday, October 18, will be subject to magnetometer screening. An Annual Meetings badge with Plenary Access is required for entry (Fund/WBG IDs alone will not be sufficient).

There will be three entrances to DAR Constitution Hall:

18th Street

C Street

D Street—for Mobility Impaired persons and VIP guests only

Please allow sufficient time to clear screening and be seated prior to 8:45 a.m.


Friday, October 18 – Saturday, October 19:

A security perimeter around Fund HQ1 and HQ2 and World Bank MC buildings will be established after evening rush hour on Thursday, October 17 (approx. 7:00 p.m.) and will remain in place through late evening Saturday, October 19.

The security perimeter will have four entry screening points:

HQ2 Building: 19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

HQ1 Building: 19th Street and G Street  (Friday morning only)

MC Building: 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

MC Building: G Street, between 18th and 19th Street

All badge holders may exit at the following locations:

18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

19th Street and G Street

20th Street and H Street

The security perimeter entry will require a valid Fund/Bank photo ID badge or a 2019 Annual Meetings badge. All personnel entering the security perimeter will be subject to magnetometer/x-ray screening. Visitor passes will not be issued from Friday, October 18, through Sunday, October 20.

Sunday, October 20 (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.):

Security arrangements will revert to the access restrictions in place from Monday, October 14, through Thursday, October 17. All individuals entering HQ1 and HQ2 buildings will be subject to magnetometer and x-ray screening. Individuals carrying regular Fund/Bank IDs can bypass screening at specific HQ1 and HQ2 entrances (noted above). To bypass screening, Fund/Bank IDs must be presented (Annual Meetings badges alone will not be sufficient).

Monday, October 21 – Friday, October 25:

To obtain entry into all Fund and World Bank buildings, Delegate badge holders must first be screened at the Visitor’s Center.

Regular visitor pass rules apply. Members of the press requiring building access after October 20 must comply with Fund/Bank visitor procedures.


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During the 2019 Annual Meetings there will be no dedicated transportation service between the airports and the Meetings Campus or Official Hotels. Participants are advised to arrange for their own transportation.

Public transportation is available (see below):

METRO – Station Opens: 5:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m., Friday; 7:00 a.m., - 1:00 a.m., Saturday & Sunday; and 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 


TAXI – Please arrange with your hotel concerning local taxi service.

Attendees can also avail themselves of alternative transportation options throughout the city, including Capital Bikeshare and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Note: A special Transportation Screen will be located by the Networking Lounge in IMF HQ1, Level 1, with information on a range of local transportation options.

*Limited shuttle bus service will be available between the Meetings Campus and DAR Constitution Hall on Friday, October 18, to facilitate transportation to the Annual Meetings Plenary Session.

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Please note the following important dates:

Tuesday, June 18 – Hotel will begin accepting reservations or sub-block requests for the 2019 Annual Meetings at 9:00 a.m. (Washington, DC time)

Monday, July 1 – Hotel blocks will be opened to other categories of participants.

Friday, September 20 – Final deadline for individual hotel reservations.

Any questions on the delegation hotels should be directed by e-mail to

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There are 3 international airports serving the Washington, D.C. area:

• Dulles International Airport

• Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

• Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

For information on travel to Washington D.C., please view the official District of Columbia government website.

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Emergency Contacts

Emergency: 202-623-9911 (IMF) /
202-458-8888 (WBG)

Medical Services: 202-458-0822


Thomas  Bonaker

(202) 623-6797


Nermin Demir

(202) 623-7733

Events Services

Soledad Swerdlow

(202) 623-5452

Business Centers

Isabel Cheng

(202) 623-9921


(202) 623-6760

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The IMF has embarked on a comprehensive program to make the Annual Meetings environmentally sustainable.

Because Tomorrow Begins Today!

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