Gates to the CERN site - Changes and reminder

I. Gate E

New international agreements have been concluded between CERN, Switzerland and France concerning Gate E ('Charles de Gaulle Gate') aimed at reducing congestion at the Prévessin-RN84 and Meyrin Route customs posts, in particular during the work associated with the future Cornavin-Meyrin-CERN tram link.

On the basis of these agreements, the Director-General has issued a revised version of the Rules for the use of Gate E (document CERN/DSU-RH/12222/Rev.1 which is available on the Relations with Host States website at: http:/, which will enter into force as of 1December 2006, and includes the following provisions:

Gate E is open from Monday to Friday, except on official CERN holidays, from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. for access to the site, and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. for departure from the site (instead of 7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. respectively).

The following persons are authorised to use Gate E:

  • members of the CERN personnel (who may be accompanied by any of their children attending the CERN nursery school),
  • members of contractors' personnel working on the CERN site.

These persons must be in possession of the following three documents:

  • their CERN (access) card of the Azure 'B' type, Blue 'C' type or Red 'E' type proving that they are authorised to use Gate E,
  • their national identity card, if accepted by French and Swiss regulations, or their passport (with visa if required by the French and/or Swiss regulations),
  • their French residence permit if they live on French territory and are not Swiss nationals or nationals of a Member State of the European Union (e.g. a special French AT, FI or CD card issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

All persons using Gate E must present their CERN access card to the Guard on duty without being prompted, and wait until he specifically authorises them to pass.

Only personal effects that are not subject to a customs declaration may be transported. Persons are authorised to use Gate E exclusively for the purposes of travelling to work on the Meyrin Site from French territory and vice versa (it is strictly forbidden to use Gate E in order to gain access to the territories of the Host States outside the boundaries of the CERN site).

II. Gates A and C

The following opening times will apply from Monday to Friday, except on official CERN holidays, as of 1 December 2006:

Gate A, from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (instead of 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., to compensate for the extended opening times of Gates C and E),
Gate C, from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m., for access to the site, and from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., for departure from the site (no winter closure in the interests of increasing safety for cyclists).

III. Gates B and D and Jura Gate

The Rules relating to the use of Gates B and D and the Jura Gate will remain unchanged (see Operational Circular No. 2 and the associated Implementation Measures; members of the personnel are reminded that Gate B is open every day, 24 hours a day).

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