Youth Olympic Games

Visitor Information

Traveling to the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland January 9 – 22, 2020. The Department of State would like to highlight some key tips for U.S. citizens traveling to the Games: 


Before You Go

  • Print out our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to: 
    • GET INFORMATION: Visit the State Department’s country information page for Switzerland. It provides up-to-date information about visas, safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in Switzerland.
    • GET REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Ensure you have a valid U.S. passport at the time of your planned trip. Please make sure your U.S. passport if valid for at least six months. Remember to sign your passport – in ink – and complete the emergency information page.
    • ENROLL IN STEP: Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable the U.S. Embassy to keep you up-to-date with important safety and security announcements, and help us reach you in an emergency.
    • GET INSURED: Check your overseas medical insurance coverage to make sure it covers healthcare expenses and medical evacuation in the event of an emergency while you are overseas. 

Safety and Security

Major events, such as the Youth Olympic Games, are a prime opportunity for criminal elements to target tourists. Be alert to the possibility of mugging, pick pocketing, theft, and harassment, and avoid going out alone at night and carrying large amounts of money or other valuables. 

  • The local equivalent to the “911” emergency number in Europe, including Switzerland, is “112.” You can also directly dial 144 for medical emergencies, 117 for the police, and 118 for the fire department. Once you have contacted the police, contact the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland.
  • There is a low level of crime in Lausanne, but it varies by district. The majority of crimes directed against foreign visitors, including U.S. citizens, involve pick-pocketing, vehicle break-ins, bicycle theft, and other forms of theft
  • Keep valuables out of sight and be aware of your surroundings.

For more information about Safety & Security, visit the State Department’s country information for Switzerland.





Transportation and Accommodations

  • Due to the expected high turnout, spectators going to the opening ceremony at Vaudoise Arena should use public transportation. Several options are available:
    • Bus: tl lines 17, 18, 19, 32 or 33 - Galicien stop
    • Train: CFF Prilly-Malley station
    • Metro m1: Malley stop then a 10-minute walk
  • Swiss public transport companies are able to provide transport for people with reduced mobility. You must register in advance with the SBB Call Center.
  • For information on transport to each sporting venue see access and transpost.
  • For information on accommodations, please contact or by phone +41-21-613-73-17.

ACS Contact Information

U.S. Embassy Bern
Sulgeneckstrasse 19
3007 Bern, Switzerland
Mailing address: 
P.O. 3259, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Emergency Telephone: +(41) (31) 357-7011
Fax: +(41) (31) 357-7280
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U.S. Consular Agency Geneva
Geneva America Center
Rue Francois-Versonnex 7
1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 3259, 3001 Bern, Switzerland

Phone Calls
When calling from within Switzerland, drop the country code and add a zero. For example: +(41) (21) 613-7317 becomes 021-613-7317.

Last Updated: January 7, 2020