Press Registration Requirement

All working press must have Spring Meetings credentials to attend the meetings.

Requests for media accreditation will be denied if applicants cannot establish they are professional journalists.

To be accredited:

  • Journalists in the Washington area must have press credentials issued by either the White House, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the House and Senate Press Gallery, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the USIA Foreign Press Center.
  • Journalists based outside Washington must have:
    1. press credentials issued by national or local authorities;


    2. clear evidence that you 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.

      Submissions should be sent to:

      Press Registration

If such credentials are not held, or are in question, it will be at the discretion of the IMF and the World Bank Group to determine whether access to the Spring Meetings is granted.

Online Press Registration

Journalists who meet the requirements above should register online at

Registration for press credentials will close on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

The IMF or the World Bank Group will not be responsible for journalists' travel costs and/or other expenses.

Visa Requirements

Journalists traveling from overseas to cover the Spring Meetings, who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, are reminded that they will need to display a valid I visa to immigration officials at their port of entry into the U.S.

Before departure, participants are requested to obtain entry visas for the United States from the U.S. diplomatic or consular missions in their countries. The lack of a valid visa may cause authorities to deny boarding at the port of embarkation, as well as delays in clearance with immigration authorities upon arrival at the port of entry into the United States.

Participants should be aware that changes are being made to U.S. immigration procedures for certain countries, including some which are currently under the Visa Waiver Program. It is strongly recommended that all participants check with their nearest U.S. diplomatic or consular mission, or here, for the procedures which will be in effect at the time of the Spring Meetings. If visas are required, applications should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing.

Press Credentials Pick-Up

Journalists who have been approved for accreditation can pick up credentials starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the Press Registration Desk, located 1850 I Street, NW, Washington, DC. You are required to present press credentials and photo identification.

The Spring Meetings press credentials grant access to the Press Room, press conferences and briefings in IMF Headquarters. In order to access offices in the IMF and the World Bank Group buildings, accredited press should be escorted by IMF or Bank staff.

Representatives of Civil Society Organizations should visit Information for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for details on CSO accreditation.

Press Room Arrangements

The Press Room is located in the IMF HQ2 building, at the corner of 19th St and Pennsylvania Avenue, and will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, and close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Technicians for financial news wires and other accredited news organizations may arrange for advanced access to the IMF Headquarters press room through special arrangements with the IMF's Media Relations Division (

The press room has limited space, and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Each desk will be equipped with power outlets. The Press Room provides wireless (Wi-Fi) access for personal laptops. For further information regarding telecommunications arrangements within the IMF, please contact Antony Kamunde, tel: 202-623-6731 email:

Computers are not provided to journalists. However, a limited number of internet kiosks will be available in the Press Room. The Internet kiosks allow easy access to the IMF website and the World Bank Group website. The websites will have links to a joint Spring Meetings' site containing the schedule of press events, as well as transcripts, news releases, and other information as it becomes available.

ISDN / Broadband

The press room does not have ISDN lines in place. Journalists who require an ISDN line can order one directly through Verizon. Please email or call Eileen Ferraro 973-649-1314.

Interview Requests

IMF and World Bank Group media relations divisions handle requests for interviews with IMF and World Bank Group officials during the Meetings. However, the press officers do not service interview requests for official delegations to the Meetings. Those requests must be made directly to the delegations.

Photo Opportunities for TV and Still Photos

There will be photo opportunities at the start of ministerial committee meetings (e.g. International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee), which may be pooled depending on demand.

Photojournalists are requested to assemble 15 minutes prior to the event at the IMF/World Bank Group Press Desk.

Availability of Still Photos and Video Clips

A selection of still photos in high resolution will be available after each event on the Meetings website and on and Download and use of images are free of charge, but must be credited to the listed photographer and organization when published online or in print.

In addition, broadcast quality video clips of selected press conferences will be available for downloading on and on This service is free of charge.

For World Bank Group events, broadcast quality clips will be available for download at and on our World Bank Group FTP Server. For inquiries contact Mehreen Sheikh at the World Bank Group on 202-458-7336 -

Television Transmission, LiveUs and Facilities

To inquire about the video and audio transmission arrangements from IMF Headquarters, please contact Jennifer Beckman at the IMF at Please note that LiveUs cannot be used within the IMF buildings.

Satellite Trucks

Broadcasters who would like to do live interviews may park their trucks on the street. Please contact Sgt. Kenny Bryson at the MPD (Metropolitan Police Department, contact number 202-727-4383) for information regarding the exact location for parking the trucks.

Press Conferences

A tentative schedule of the press conferences is available here.

All press briefings are transcribed and posted on the external websites of the IMF and World Bank Group as soon as possible. Most briefings will also be webcast live.

Only press are allowed entry into press conferences/briefings.

IMF Press Center

The IMF Press Center offers advance access to embargoed IMF information. It is a password-protected site for working journalists only.

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World Bank Group Online Media Briefing Center

The Media Briefing Center offers advance access to embargoed information of the World Bank Group. It is a password-protected site for working journalists only.

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Name   Phone   Email
Simonetta Nardin   +1 202 623-4899
Jennifer Beckman
  +1 202 623-7165
Randa Elnagar   +1 202 623-6528
David Theis   +1 202 458-8626
Serene Jweied   +1 202-473-8764
Yoko Kobayashi   +1 202 458-2624
Huma Imtiaz
  +1 202-473-2409
Frederick Jones (IFC)   +1 202 473-9336