Utah: Doing business & staying in touch

Doing business in Utah

Businesspeople are generally expected to dress smartly. Western business courtesies should be observed, although Americans tend to be less formal than Europeans. Appointments and punctuality are expected procedure and business cards are widely used. Dates in America are written month-day-year.

Visitors should be sensitive to the conservative climate the Mormon faith has brought about in Salt Lake City. Drinking is tolerated but is a sure sign of an outsider. Smoking is frowned upon by almost everyone, due to the health-conscious environment. Family values are strong and, when entertaining clients, business lunches are preferred over business dinners, as after-work hours are considered family time. A business visitor who is invited to a client's home should bring candy or flowers, rather than wine or liquor, as an appropriate gift, although these are not expected.

Office hours

Mon-Fri 0830-1730.


Keeping in Touch in Utah


For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

Mobile phone

Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.


There are Internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer Internet access too.


Freedom of expression in the US is guaranteed by the constitution. The USA has the most highly developed mass media in the world. Public broadcasting is partly government-funded, but also supported by private grants.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.