Attendance at the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings is by invitation only. All participants must be accredited before the Meetings, and are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible to avoid delays. Participants are divided into different registration categories, described below. Please determine your category and follow the registration instructions for that category.
A Spring Meetings badge is required for all attendees to enter the WBG and IMF facilities throughout the week of the Meetings. Staff with a WBG or IMF-issued photo ID will be able to access the buildings with their staff badge. Other registration types require accreditation, with the process defined below. A spouse must be credentialed to attend the Meetings in his/her own right. Spouse/dependent badges are not issued.
All participants must display their Spring Meetings badge to enter through perimeter checkpoints. It is not advisable however, to wear badges outside of the perimeter.
Delegates should register through their respective Executive Director's office and should contact the Executive Director's office if they have not recieevd a delegate registration form. Delegate badges for the Spring Meetings will be valid for entry into all World Bank Group and IMF buildings from Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 27. If you have any questions about delegate registration, please forward your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observer registration requests can be submitted online. Observer registration will close on April 22. Observers are the representatives of the international, regional and economic organizations that were pre-approved and invited by the World Bank Group and IMF. Please see the
list of Observer Organizations to the 2017 Annual Meetings, who will also be invited to attend the Spring Meetings. If you have any questions about Observer registration, please forward your inquiry to
Guest registration requests can be submitted online. Guest registration will close on April 13. All Guests are subject to clearance and Guest accreditation is not transferrable.
Who may apply as a Guest?
Private Sector: Representatives from financial institutions and banks, commercial enterprises, consulting, and contractor firms.
Parliamentarians and senators.
Academia: University professors, researchers, faculty members, and students who have research and educational interest in the operations and affairs of the WBG/IMF. Documentation should be submitted with the application (an endorsement letter from the Head of Department or Vice Chancellor of the University) confirming status in the University and stating academic interest.
WBG Guest or IMF Guest?: Guests may choose to attend the Spring Meetings as WBG Guests or IMF Guests, but may not apply as a Guest to both institutions. Submitting Guest requests at both institutions will substantially delay the processing of your application. Except for restricted and private events, Bank Guests will have access to Fund events, and Fund Guests will have access to Bank events. If you have any questions about Guest registration, please forward your inquiries to
IMF Guests can apply online here.
CSO registration requests can be submitted online. CSO registration will close on March 30.
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) include a diverse range of non-governmental organizations, community groups, labor unions, indigenous peoples movements, faith-based organizations, professional associations, foundations, think tanks, charitable organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations. All CSO representatives interested in participating in the Spring Meetings must obtain individual accreditation.
The Spring Meetings will feature a Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) from April 17 to April 20, providing an open space for CSOs to dialogue and exchange views with World Bank Group and IMF staff, their peers, government delegations, and other stakeholders on a wide range of topics. All CSO representatives interested in participating in the CSPF must obtain individual accreditation. This accreditation will also provide access to open events of the 2018 Spring Meetings.
If you have any questions about the Civil Society Policy Forum, please send an email to
Press registration requests may be submitted online. Press registration will close on April 22. To attend the Spring Meetings, all working Press must obtain Spring Meetings credentials. Requests for media accreditation will be denied if applicants cannot establish that they are professional journalists.
To be accredited, journalists must have valid press credentials issued by national or local authorities; or clear evidence that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. This applies to all freelancers, including photographers. A valid assignment letter from that news organization, or publication, is required. Photographic agencies must provide clear evidence from a client news organization or publication.
If such credentials are not held, or are in question, it will be at the discretion of the WBG/IMF to determine whether access to the Spring Meetings is granted.
If you have any questions about Press registration and/or want to submit documentation for accreditation, please forward your inquiries to
All WBG/IMF staff, including country office staff who have headquarters-issued regular WBG/IMF staff IDs, will be able to access WBG/IMF buildings with their staff photo ID throughout the week and weekend of the Spring Meetings. Staff do not need a Spring Meetings badge unless they are attending the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the G20 meeting of ministers of finance and central bank governors, or the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ events. Attendance at the WBG/IMF Development Committee (DC) meeting is by invitation only and access is restricted to those who have been issued a DC pin. Staff should contact the person coordinating Spring Meetings registration for their department to be registered.
Registered attendees may pick up their badges at the main registration counters in the lobby of the World Bank Group I Building (1850 I Street NW) from Monday, April 16, through Sunday, April 22. The Registration desks will be open from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (subject to change). Facilities for onsite accreditation are very limited and onsite accreditation is not guaranteed. Walk-in registrations may not be accommodated.