You can find practical information below.
Human transmission of infectious swine diseases are a concern when veterinarians and affiliated people meet from all over the world. Therefore the Local Organizing Committee would like to call upon all participants to the ESPHM:
- not to wear clothes or shoes to the ESPHM that have been used during farm visits;
- not to visit pig farms in the days immediate before the ESPHM;
- not to bring any food, especially food containing pork products, during your travel to the Netherlands;
- not to visit pig farms during your stay in the Netherlands/Europe;
- not to wear clothes or shoes which you have worn during the ESPHM to visit pig farms back home;
- not to visit pig farms back home in the days immediately after your participation of the ESPHM.
Thank you all for your effort to stop the spread of swine infectious diseases.
Time zone and language
Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands, but English is widely spoken.
The official symposium language is English and no translation/interpretation services will be offered.
Emergency and health
In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 112.
Should you need to see a doctor or a dentist, we recommend contacting your hotel's reception desk who will direct you to the medical professionals assigned to the hotel. If immediate medical attention is required, call the emergency services at 112.
Emergency medical services (including transportation by ambulance) are not free and you will be billed for any services rendered.
Health and immunizations
Vaccination certificates are usually not needed when travelling to the Netherlands, but please check with your local embassy as requirements may change.
Telephones ans electricity
Telephones International dialing codes
The Netherlands: +(31)
The standard electrical voltage in the Netherlands is 230 volts AC, 50Hz (hotel bathrooms may also have outlets for 100 volts). The electrical outlets in the Netherlands take two-pronged, round-pin plugs. We recommend that you purchase an adaptor for your electrical equipment prior to your arrival.
Water, weather & conversions
Tap water is safe to drink in Utrecht.
Average temperature for May is 8 - 18 Celsius.
Distances in Utrecht are given in kilometers
1 mile = 1.62 kilometers
Temperature is given in degrees Celsius.
Celsius to fahrenheit = multiply Celsius by 1.8 and add 32
Currency, ATM's & tipping
The currency used in Utrecht is Euros (€).
ATM's & Credit Cards
ATM's are widely available throughout Utrecht and most are open 24 hours a day. Almost all grocery, clothing and souvenir shops, bars and restaurants accept all major credit cards. However some stores, bars and restaurants will only accept cash.
Alternatively, a 5-10% tip at restaurants and bars is acceptable.