Netherlands Business Travel Guide

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The Netherlands Business Travel Guide contains useful tools and resources for business travellers to assist them on their trips. The guide contains important information such as visa information, facts on the Netherlands, business customs, culture, tips, and more. An appreciation and good grasp of other cultures, languages, customs and protocols can be a great advantage for business travellers helping to foster a climate of better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a successful business trip.

Netherlands Guide

Netherlands Quick Facts
Netherlands Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Netherlands Map
Netherlands Weather

Netherlands Quick Facts

Country: Netherlands

Capital: Amsterdam

Currency: Euro

Population: 16.3 Million

Area total: 41,864 sq km

Languages: Dutch, Frisian

Time Zone: GMT +1

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 220-240V 50Hz

GDP: USD 783bn (2010)

Dialling Code: 31

Religion: Predominately Christian (Catholic and Protestant).

Political System: Constitutional Monarchy

Internet Domain: .nl

Netherlands Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to the Netherlands. You can find more information on entry requirements for Netherlands, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Consulate in the Netherlands. The information is updated on a regular basis making it a useful resource to check for both business and leisure travellers, before starting their trips to the Netherlands. For more information please see: Netherlands Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Netherlands Visa Requirements

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business dress is conservative and smart, greetings usually consists of a firm handshake. People are addressed with their titles, personal space is important and should be observed. There is separation between work and personal time and asking personal questions should be avoided. The communication style is direct and straight, honest answers are sought after. Decision making can involve a consensus this can mean longer lead times to reaching a decision. Punctuality for business meetings is seen as very important, also a persons word is regarded as their bond, so be careful as to what your company can deliver.

Travel Advice and Tips

Most trips to the Netherlands for business visitors and tourists take place without any incident and concern. There are incidents of pick pocketing and bag snatching especially in crowded public areas, always watch your belongings and do not leave them unattended. It is important to always remain alert and aware of your surroundings and environment to help steer clear of potential incidents.

Travel Checklist: See our Checklist for Travellers containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP for the latest advice on whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
8.30 to 17.00/17.30 Monday to Friday

For Shops:
09.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday; 09.00 to 17.00 on Saturdays

For Banks:
09.00/10.00 to 16.00/17.00 Monday to Friday

NOTE: Supermarkets are open 08.00 to 22.00 Monday to Friday & 08.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays. There are shops and larger stores open on Sundays.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2013):
January 1: New Year's Day
March 29: Good Friday
April 1: Easter Monday
April 30: Queen's Birthday (Koninginnendag)
May 5: Liberation Day
May 17: Ascension Day
May 20: Whit Sunday (Pentecost)
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Second Christmas Day / Boxing Day

Netherlands Map

Map of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Netherlands Weather

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