Barcelona 27 Feb - 1 Mar 2017

Logistics

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Barcelona Airport

Barcelona airport (BCN), commonly known as ‘El Prat’ Airport, is located 10 kilometres south west of central Barcelona. A taxi ride to the city centre takes approximately 20 minutes and costs about €30 (depending on traffic). Information on rail and bus options is available on Barcelona’s public transport website.

If you require private airport transfers, please visit our private transport section below for more information.

If your delegation requires use of Barcelona airport’s VIP arrival and departure facilities, all requests must be made directly by your embassy or consulate office in Spain. The GSMA is not able to request this on your behalf.

Emergency contacts

Emergency contact service: +34 900 77 2017

This free 24-hour security service telephone number is available during the event. This advice service covers the entire city of Barcelona and also provides motorcycle teams for personal assistance in the event of an incident.

Diplomatic Mission support (embassy)

If your country has a diplomatic presence in Spain, we strongly recommend that they facilitate your delegation’s logistical arrangements in Barcelona. Certain aspects, such as the airport’s protocol facilities, can only be requested by your local embassy or consulate.

Please inform your delegate manager if your local mission is facilitating any of the following so that we may advise them further:

  • Airport protocol facilities
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Personal security

Members of your local mission may accompany the delegation to the Ministerial Programme and Mobile World Congress (MWC), however all attendees require a MWC pass with additional Ministerial Programme hall access. 

One complimentary MWC gold pass is available to the Ambassador. This complimentary pass is strictly non-transferable to other members of the local mission. Please inform your delegate manager as early as possible if your Ambassador will attend. A 30 per cent discount is available for all other embassy officials. 

Hotels

More than 100,000 attendees from over 200 countries attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 which resulted in a high demand for accommodation in central Barcelona, particularly in 3-5-star hotels. b-network, the official accommodation partner for MWC, has a dedicated website for booking rooms. To view rates or make a reservation, please visit the Mobile World Congress website.

Ministerial Programme hotels – for government delegates only:
For 2017, we have secured an extended range of great accommodation options for Ministerial Programme governments and inter-governmental organisations.

You are strongly encouraged to book your hotel as early as possible to avoid disappointment, especially if your delegation requires suites or multiple rooms within the same hotel. From January 2017, it will become significantly difficult to secure rooms in central Barcelona hotels.

To view rates and make a reservation at a Ministerial Programme hotel, log into the private booking website. Login details are available from your delegate manager. Book now to ensure you don’t miss out!

Personal safety

Barcelona is a safe city. Nevertheless, you should take the same precautions when visiting any major city:

  • Always remove your congress pass when leaving the event venue.
  • Watch out for distractions and never leave your belongings unattended.
  • Be vigilant in crowds, at restaurants and on public transport.

Other recommendations:

  • Do not carry or display large amounts of cash; only carry as much as you need and keep spare credit cards and a copy of your passport in the hotel safe.
  • Put the ‘do not disturb’ sign on your hotel door if you have to leave valuable items in the room and there is no safety deposit box.
  • When travelling around the city, check how to get to your destination in advance, so that you appear confident in where you are going.

We strongly encourage all delegates to take out the necessary travel insurance to cover any unforeseen difficulties or accidents.

Private transport hire

Our transport partner Etoile Limousine offer exclusive discounted rates for private transportation, including airport transfers and chauffeurs. If you wish to make a reservation, or would like further information, please contact Stéphane Bonnefond:

Download booking form

Visa information

Citizens of several countries require a visa to enter Spain. Please check with your closest Spanish Embassy or Consulate in advance, as processing times and requirements vary. The GSMA is unable to request priority processing, or to assist you if your visa is denied, so ensure you allow sufficient processing time.

A visa letter may be requested when completing the registration for your MWC pass, or by logging back into your registration account at a later point. Please note that for a letter to be issued, the registration must be complete with no payment outstanding.