TRAVEL ADVICE

AMSTERDAM

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FEM'S GLOBAL MEDICAL AND SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT PARTNER

FEM is delighted to welcome International SOS as our Global Medical and Security Risk Management Partner.

International SOS helps you and your organisation to achieve your goals by preparing your employees for travel and supporting them while they are in unfamiliar and remote locations, ensuring your employees are healthy and safe, so you can focus on your core business activities.

This new partnership reflects our organisations’ shared goals, and at FEM we are pleased to be able to offer our delegates expert advice and information from International SOS when they attend our many events around the globe. Please see below for travel and security tips.

AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE

Explore the beautiful city of Amsterdam during your business trip.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Located close to the city's business district, with major tourist attractions and exclusive shopping streets just around the corner, Hotel Okura Amsterdam is conveniently accessible by car as well as public transport. Simply add the the hotel’s address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333 into the journey planner for directions.

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GETTING TO AND FROM THE VENUE

The daily shuttle bus takes you from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Okura and back.

If you'd rather travel on your own, you can make use of Hotel Okura Amsterdam's private airport pick-up.

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BUSINESS FACILITIES

As a business guest, discover the full facilities on offer at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Choose one of the four acclaimed restaurants, or recharge your energy levels in the onsite Nagomi Spa & Health, with gym,swimming pool and treatment rooms. Being located at just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam’s business district, it is the ideal location for guests.

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AMSTERDAM AND NETHERLANDS TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS

Amsterdam and the Netherlands as a whole is well served by public transport and amenities and carries few security concerns, but as ever, it is wise to be prepared when travelling:

  • Familiarise yourself with your destination - the layout of the city and important routes
  • Always carry a charged phone programmed with useful numbers - your hotel, local colleagues, police, or embassy - and the International SOS Assistance app
  • Don't give out personal information and don't discuss your travel plans with strangers
  • If walking in public, carry small denominations of currency. Keep larger denominations (notes) and cards in a money belt
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, enter any busy public place and call local authorities for help
  • Travellers should be alert to suspicious packages or behaviour and report all related activity to local authorities

Disclaimer

Travel security advice provided represents the best judgment of AEA International Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Control Risks Group Holdings Ltd. Advice in this article does not however provide a warranty of future results nor a guarantee against risk. Your company’s internal advice and recommendations should prevail if there is a conflict.

TRAVEL RISK

The Netherlands is a stable and highly developed democracy and business travellers will face few security concerns. However, pickpocketing and bag-snatching can be a problem in the larger cities, especially Amsterdam, particularly in central and tourist-frequented areas and at Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Rotterdam (South Holland province).

Travellers should also be cautious of thieves on bicycles and mopeds.

Organised criminal activity is more likely to focus on fixed business interests, not personnel, and is unlikely to pose a direct threat to business travellers or expatriates.

Consult the International SOS Travel Risk Map for more information.

PERSONAL RISK

A degree of caution should be exercised in larger cities after dark and travellers are advised to take standard security precautions against petty crime.

Drink spiking is also a concern, especially for female or lone travellers in large urban centres.

Visitors should also be aware that criminals posing as police officers sometimes target tourists and ask to see passports and credit cards before stealing them. Personnel should always ask to see valid identification before surrendering personal documents.

Violent crime is rare, though instances are sometimes reported, mainly in Amsterdam or Rotterdam. Police statistics indicate that reports of discrimination – including verbal and physical assaults – against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) have increased in recent years, with Amsterdam reported to be particularly affected.

Visit the International SOS website for more information on health and security solutions.

WHERE IS IT?

DATE & VENUE

07:45

7 March 2019

Okura Hotel, Amsterdam

Contact Us

Yasmina Rahmoune

+44 20 7970 4182

yasmina.rahmoune@centaurmedia.com

Claire Tennant-Scull

+44 20 3957 4578

claire.tennantscull@forum-expat-management.com

Fergus Bird

+44 20 3994 6410

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Hannah Blake

+44 20 3956 4579

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Aiden Powell

+44 20 3994 6412

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