Access to FAO

Access to FAO Headquarters is restricted to persons in possession of a valid building pass. A valid identity document will need to be presented to registration officials to collect the Building Pass. On the first day of the meeting, participants are kindly requested to use the Main Entrance in Building A (through the visitors gate), and proceed to the Turkish Registration Centre to obtain their Building Pass.

If you pre-register you will find your Building Pass ready for collection. Please note that, the building pass will be valid for the entire duration of the meeting but participants will be, nonetheless, required to access FAO through the metal detectors at the visitors’ gate.


Participants wishing to register for the 22nd  Session of COFO and the 4th World Forest Week should proceed as indicated below:

Representatives of FAO Member Countries

The Director-General would appreciate being informed of the representatives designated to attend the Twenty-Second Session. As from Friday, 11 April 2014, online registration will be accessible through the password-protected FAO Permanent Representatives Website (PRWS) at Instructions for online registration can be downloaded from the PRWS. Please note that online registration requires the uploading of a recent passport-size digital photograph.

Representatives of invited International Observer Organizations

The Director-General would appreciate being informed of the names, official titles and addresses of observers designated to attend the Twenty-Second Session, by e-mail to  Observer delegates are advised to register in advance of the meeting by completing a Registration form  and forwarding it to the above-mentioned email account, together with a recent passport-size digital photograph.

Photo requirements  

  • Photo must be in colour, featuring a frontal view of head and shoulders, similar to a passport photo
  • Photo must have a light or neutral background and show very little of the background above and on either side of the head
  • No hats, sunglasses or accessories that obscure your face
  • Photo must be in digital JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) format

How to submit a photo

Photographs should be scanned in the dedicated space of the registration form.


Participants requiring visas must obtain these from the Italian Consulate or competent Diplomatic Mission in their country before leaving for Rome. Visa applications must be submitted well in advance of departure, as three weeks or more may be required for an Italian visa to be issued.

Exclusively those participants traveling from a country where there is no Italian Consulate or other competent Diplomatic Mission may obtain a visa on arrival in Rome, provided that they advise the Secretariat of the meeting of their full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, issue and expiry dates, flight number, date and hour of arrival and their full travel itinerary, which must not include any other Schengen country. This information must reach FAO at least three weeks before the arrival of participants to permit FAO to request that a visa be issued at Rome airport.

Participants failing to comply with the above will not be allowed to enter Italy by the Italian authorities.

last updated:  Tuesday, June 24, 2014