The Netherlands share the temperate maritime climate common to much of Northern and Western Europe. The average day temperature in May is around 15° Celsius.
An umbrella or rain coat for occasional showers may be useful.
Currency and banking
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro. In general, all major credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Most banks in Amsterdam are open from 9.00 to 17.00 hours (Monday to Friday).
Passports and visa
All visitors travelling to the Netherlands must be in possession of a valid passport. Participants should check with their local travel agents whether they require an entry visa for the Netherlands.
The voltage in the Netherlands is 220-240V. USA, English and some other foreign appliances require an adapter for the voltage as well as an adapter for the plug. Please bring your own adapter as there are no adapters available at the congress venue.
The Netherlands and Amsterdam are in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of GMT.
Service is always included. However, it is customary to tip in restaurants, bars and when paying for taxi’s. As a general rule tipping between 5-10% should be adequate.
Delegates are advised to arrange adequate travel, health and other insurance before they leave their home country.