Amsterdam boasts an impressive public transport network including metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains to help you get around the capital. Save money on travel with the I amsterdam City Card, which offers unlimited use of the GVB public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours. And before you see the sights, you can plan your journey with the excellent apps designed to help you find your way around the city.
Please note: Coaches will be prohibited in the inner city of Amsterdam. This announcement follows the closure of the Vijzelstraat earlier this year for coach use. The prohibited routes are shown here.
July is the hottest month in Amsterdam with an average temperature of 18°C (64°F) and the coldest is January at -1°C (30°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 8 in July. The wettest month is May with an average of 40mm of rain.
There are distinct shopping areas in Amsterdam where you can find everything from vintage clothes and bookshops to luxury brands. The best places to shop for luxury brands, cosmetics and food items are the famous departmental stores the De Bijenkorf Mall and Maison de Bonneterie. PC Hooftstraat, Kalverstraat, Haarlemmerstraat, Leidsestraat and De Pijp are the busiest shopping streets in Amsterdam
VAT (Value Added Tax) is charged at 21% on most of the items. Tax is mainly refundable to those who live outside the European Union and have purchased the goods worth € 50 per shop per day. GWK Travelex, Vatfree.com and Global Blue are the tax refund partners at Schiphol Airport. Tax can be claimed by depositing the stamped tax free form attached with the original receipt to the tax refund partners. For more information regarding the Tax refunds, please visit- https://www.schiphol.nl/en/facilities/tax-refund/
Tipping – A small tip is appreciated for good service but is not necessary. Currency – The currency in Netherlands is the Euro. Credit Cards – Major credit cards are widely accepted. Currency exchange is available at the Airport and at the central train station (Hauptbahnhof). Smoking Policy – Under Netherlands law smoking is not permitted in pubs, restaurants, hotel lobbies and all enclosed public buildings. You can find the smoking chambers or can smoke out in the open. Electricity – 230 volts What to Pack – Include smart casual clothes for the conference. You will also need warm clothes for the evening as the weather generally remains cold during the conference time. Smart attire is recommended for the gala dinner. Rain wear and comfortable shoes are advised.
This conference is intended for education purposes only and aims to offer participants the opportunity to share information. It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper individual travel and health insurance, as the conference oprganisers cannot accept liability for accidents, illness or injuries that may occur at or during the conference. Those who need a visa must satisfy the visa requirements of the Visa including: A confirmed travel booking, including flight, train and/or bus bookings, hotel reservation, proof of health insurance confirmation of the participation that you are accepted and registered as a participant of the conference (chair/speaker/participant) – this means confirmed presentation slot and/or confirmed online registration and visa invitation letter
The nationality of the delegates will specify if they require a visa or not. EU and EEA , Switzerland nationals, in general, do not require a visa, however most other participants do. Please follow the link to check that you do in fact need a visa: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/netherlands-visa/ Those who need a visa must satisfy the visa requirements of the local Netherland Embassy/Consulate including: A confirmed travel booking, including flight, train and/or bus bookings, hotel reservation proof of health insurance confirmation of the participation that you are accepted and registered as a participant of the conference (chair/speaker/participant) – this means confirmed presentation slot or confirmed online registration and visa invitation letter.