Depending on your status (staff member, contractor, visitor with guarantor, etc...) a registration and a valid access card are required to access the CERN domain.
The organization has several sites in Switzerland and France that need to be secured and have many access doors to be controlled.
In accordance with operational Circular No. 2, vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are controlled to ensure that only authorized persons enter the sites.
Access Control Centre (CSA): Tel : +41 22 767 66 66
Entrance A: manned by one security guard, access card reader and vehicle number-plate reader. Accessible to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
Entrance B: manned by one security guard, access card reader and vehicle number-plate reader. Accessible to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
Entrance C: manned by one security guard, access card reader and vehicle number-plate reader and accessible to vehicles and pedestrians.
Access E (Charles de Gaulle Gate): located in France, this gate is reserved exclusively for members of the personnel and contractors’ personnel travelling to the Meyrin site from France or vice versa. Rules of use.
- Only personal effects that are not subject to a customs declaration may be transported (cf. CERN/DSU-RH/12222/Rev.2).
The inter-site tunnel: The tunnel connects the Meyrin site to other CERN sites that are the subject of agreements with France and Switzerland. It is reserved exclusively for CERN vehicles and private vehicles driven by a member of the personnel who has obtained the authorisation. Pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles are not permitted. It may be used only for professional journeys between the various parts of the CERN site. Rules of Use.
- Only CERN property accompanied by a transfer sheet and personal effects not subject to a customs declaration (cf. CERN/DSU-DO/RH/8200) may be transported through the tunnel.
Gate D: Reserved exclusively for deliveries. Neither visitors nor members of the personnel may enter or leave the site through Gate D.
Jura Door (Access to the Globe): Reserved exclusively for pedestrians with a valid access card.
Main Entrance: manned by one security guard, access card reader and a vehicle number-plate reader. Accessible to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians
Route du Maroc Entrance: reserved exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists
Chemin du Moulin des Ponts Entrance: reserved exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists
LHC and Experimental Sites
For all LHC and BA sites access is granted every day, 24 hours a day.
Request for a visitor's card with a CERN guarantor
Staff members can authorize an external visitor to access the domain by applying for a visitor's card and vouching for the visitor. Except in exceptional circumstances, the maximum duration of a visitor's pass is 2 days. Please note that if the visitor comes to work at CERN under contract, he/she must register as a contractor.
Authorizing a taxi
To authorize a taxi to pick you up at CERN, please fill out this form:
Permission to enter CERN with a trailer
Passenger cars, vans, campers, motorbikes, mopeds and bicycles are allowed to enter the estate. Unless an exemption is granted by the Director General, other categories of vehicles in particular caravans, trailers, quads, boats and aircraft, are not permitted.
If, exceptionally, you wish to enter CERN with a trailer, you can apply by filling in this form:
Authorization for a tow truck to enter the domain
Your vehicle has broken down and needs a tow truck, please fill in this form to authorize them to enter the domain: