After arrival

Steps to be taken

What to arrange when you are going to move to Holland you can read on the website of Euraxess in What to bring section

Steps to be taken upon arrival in the Netherlands chronologically:

  1. buying a mobile phone (prepaid)
  2. signing a rental contract/buying a house (having an address to register) 
  3. registering at BPR/expatdesk
  4. getting your residence permit
  5. opening bank account (BSN is required)
  6. getting internet at home
  7. purchasing a health insurance (BSN is required) and other insurances (such as liability) 
  8. finding a GP and dentist
  9. applying for a Digid
  10. exchanging your driving licences against a Dutch one (on the basis of the application of the 30% tax rule) 

Some other practical tips

Transport system: For travelling by train within the Netherlands there is a discount card which gives a generous 40% discount at certain hours. Visit the website of Dutch Railway NS to find information about the discount card

Transport system: If you want to buy an (anonymous) OV-chipkaart you can only pay with a debit card or with coins. So make sure you have one of those if you want to use public transportation once you arrived in the Netherlands.

Mobile phone: One of the first steps after arriving to the Netherlands is getting a Dutch cellphone. One may have a provisional place to stay, or provisional documents, but for every paperwork your cellphone is always needed for contact.

General Practitioner: In order to have access to regular health care services in Holland you must first register with a GP (General Practitioner). Your GP is your first stop for all health-related matters, and she/he will refer you further to any other specialist when needed

Banking: Not many shops accept credit cards for payments, because in Holland it is not common to use a credit card. Shops often chare 5% surcharge (or more) on credit cards to offset the commissions charged by card providers. Using an ATM can be the cheapest way to exchange your money from home –but check with your home bank for service charges before you leave.

Money: The one- and two-cent coins are still in circulation but are unofficially being phased out; most, if not all, shops now round up or down to the nearest five cents. Note that in Holland 100 euro bill and higher are rarely accepted.

Electricity: Electrical appliances require 220-230V AC and a special plug. Adaptors and converters can be purchased before departure, but take into account that, in spite of these, 110V equipment may not last very long.

Conversion charts: If you don't want to buy shoes that are too small, drive too many miles, wear a dress while it freezing cold, or roast your turkey to charcoal, please check the conversion charts.

Tipping: Service is included in the bill but it is a custom to leave a tip in restaurants or for taxi drivers if you are satisfied with the service. The tip can be anything from rounding up to the nearest euro, to 10% of the bill.