There are a number of things you must arrange soon after you arrive, from registering with the municipality to getting health insurance.
If you intend to live in the Netherlands for more than four months, you must register with your local municipality. Everyone must do this, regardless of nationality.
IN Amsterdam, for international newcomers in Amsterdam, provides a one-stop-shop where you can register with your municipality and collect your residence permit.
Please note: IN Amsterdam can only help you register with your municipality if you’re living in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Hilversum, Haarlemmermeer and Velsen.
The first time you register with a municipality in the Netherlands, you will receive a Citizen Service Number (BSN). Various government agencies will use this number in all their correspondence with you.
Depending on your nationality, you might have to undergo a tuberculosis test (TB test) in the Netherlands. Find out whether you need a TB test by consulting the list of nationalities that do not have to take the TB test.
Once in the Netherlands, you need to make sure you have health insurance for the duration of your stay. Health insurance is compulsory for everyone who lives or works in the Netherlands. See the government website for more information health insurance in the Netherlands.
You must take out a Dutch public healthcare insurance (called 'zorgverzekering' or ‘basisverzekering' in Dutch) for yourself and your partner and children. This insurance provides coverage for basic medical care, such as a visit to the GP, most hospital treatments and other necessary medical treatment.
Even if you already have a health insurance policy in another country, you are still obliged to take out a new policy in the Netherlands. Although the health insurance system is a public one, it is not free. A substantial monthly insurance premium (around €100) will be charged by the insurance company where you take out your policy.
You must take out health insurance within 4 months of moving to the Netherlands. If you fail to do so, you may be fined 130% of the monthly premium for each month in which you were not insured, up to a maximum of 5 years.
You can take out insurance with the Dutch health insurance company of your choice. A health insurance company cannot refuse to cover you for the standard insurance package, irrespective of your age or state of health. For every health insurance company, the standard insurance package is the same, but monthly payments may vary. You do not have to pay contributions for children under 18.
Register with a family doctor as soon as possible after you arrive. The family doctor (huisarts) is the first port of call if you have health problems. He or she can refer you to a specialist if necessary.
You can find a doctor in your neighbourhood on the website zorgkaartnederland.nl. It is usual in the Netherlands to register with a doctor near to your home. Fill in your postcode in the second text box and click zoek.