Compared to other large cities, Amsterdam is quite safe for visitors. However, always be aware of pickpockets. In crowds, of course, but also in the tram or metro. Do not carry valuables in a backpack.
Furthermore: do not walk or stand still on a bike lane. There are many cyclists in Amsterdam and a stream of cyclists does not easily come to a halt.
If you are coming by car, remember to lock it, do not leave any valuables in the car and leave the glove compartment open to show there is nothing of worth in it.
For questions about the congress, any organizatorial issues, or inquiries about interesting activities in Amsterdam, please contact Stichting Reprorecht: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need the embassy or consulate of your home country, contact details can be found here. Most embassies are not located in Amsterdam but in The Hague (about an hour away).
The euro is the means of payment in the Netherlands. This is the current exchange rate.
You can pay almost everywhere with your debit card, including catering establishments, museums and markets. Many shop owners encourage payments by debit card for safety reasons. It is also possible to pay by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.) in many places.
A visa for the Netherlands can be applied for by contacting the Dutch embassy or the Dutch consulate in your country of residence.
A visa application will usually be dealt with within 15 days. In some cases an application may take up to 60 days to process, for example if a personal background check must be conducted. A visa can be applied for from 3 months before departure.
Applying for a visa at an embassy of another Schengen country
A visa for the Netherlands can also be applied for by contacting an embassy of another Schengen country. Members of the Schengen Borders Agreement are:
The Netherlands has a moderate maritime climate with mild winters, mild summers and rainfall throughout the year. In November it is autumn, when average temperatures are between 3 °C (at night) and 9 °C (during the day).
There is a considerable chance of rain and you should either bring an umbrella or buy a typical Amsterdam one. Or get yourself a fashionable rain coat (Amsterdam South)
Current weather report
Anyone familiar with Dutch paintings knows that the Dutch weather can vary considerably. Take a look at the current weather report.