Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, the city of criss-crossing canals, and more than 1200 bridges. Amsterdam is known for its artistic heritage, and narrow houses with charming gabled facades. No trip to the city is complete without a visit to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum or Anne Frank House.
Health and Safety
Amsterdam is ranked one of the top 25 safest cities in the world, but it never hurts to be vigilant while exploring the city, by following these steps whenever you travel:
- Make a copy of your passport, and pack it in a place separate from where you are carrying the original.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home.
- Be especially cautious at crowded subways, train stations, bus stations, tourist sites, market places and festivals.
- Do not use short cuts, narrow alleys, or poorly lit streets.
- Try not to travel alone at night – if you have no choice, let a colleague know where you are going.
- Avoid public demonstrations and other personal matters with strangers.
- Try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry, and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.
- Familiarize yourself with emergency exits and procedures at the venue, and your hotel.
SAFETY & SECURITY
We are taking every precaution with the safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff.
Make sure you carry valid photo ID with you at all times.
Identification documents MUST show your name in a Latin alphabet (no Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Arabic characters) and match the name your badge.
Attendees who refuse to provide their identification will not be able to collect their badge and will not be able to enter the event
FORGOT YOUR BADGE?
Anyone who forgets their badge and needs a reprinted one will be charged $75 plus VAT that is refundable upon return of the 2nd badge.
SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
If you see a suspicious package, please inform call the Security Office or inform a TM Forum staff member.
Do not touch the package under any circumstances.
Travel ResoursesFor anyone traveling to Amsterdam to attend IOE InFocus, you are advised to check with your country’s appropriate government agencies for VISA and travel information.
Printed maps can be bought in every info center for €2.50
Travelling by plane
Amsterdam is the fifth busiest airport in Europe; Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and the Netherland’s primary international airport. The airport is located twenty minutes from Amsterdam city and approximately nine miles south-west of the center of Amsterdam.
Travelling by bus
The Schiphol Hotel shuttles offer a cheaper alternative to taxi and they offer door-to-door services. For a single journey, it costs €13.50 for an adult. These buses run every 10 minutes between 6AM and 9PM from Platform A7 outside the main entrance to the arrivals and train station level. http://www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl/
However, you should make a point of first asking your hotel if they offer a complimentary airport shuttle service.
Travelling by car
Taxis provide one of the most comfortable means of transportation to get to the Amsterdam city center. A traveler can easily find the taxi ranks as they are located just outside of the airport’s arrivals hall.
Travelers are advised to choose a taxi from the official line and not from individuals claiming to offer the same service.
The journey to Amsterdam city will take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic flow. During peak hours the taxis may take longer. An Amsterdam airport taxi will charge you a fixed price of €39 from the airport to the Amsterdam city center. There may be additional charges; usually for luggage, late-night driving, and traveling on public holidays.
It is therefore important that you inquire about all these factors from the taxi driver, before you embark on a journey using a taxi. You may find that some of the Amsterdam Airport cabs accept credit cards.