Moving to the Netherlands


You have done your research on starting a business in the Netherlands, and you have your plan of action ready to actually start your new Dutch business. Out of all the beautiful cities in the Netherlands, you have decided on the one where you will start your business. Maybe it is Amsterdam, maybe it is Eindhoven. Whichever city it is, the time has come to start your move to the Netherlands.

When moving to another country, there are many things you should consider. Here is what you should consider specifically when you are moving to the Netherlands.

First things first

You need to arrange the proper visa to start a business and stay in the Netherlands. There are many different types of visa’s in the Netherlands. Read about all the different types of Dutch visa’s and how to apply for a business visa in the Netherlands.

Moving to the Netherlands from another western country will hardly feel like a culture shock.

Almost everyone is tolerant of non-Dutch speakers and speaks English. Moving to the Netherlands enables expats to continue their own cultural practices, but they should be willing to explore and embrace Dutch culture.


While the Dutch are happy to speak English to new arrivals, they are proud of their language and expect expats to learn the basics. Dutch is quite a hard language to learn and the pronunciation of the ‘G’, in particular in the northern part of the country, could be quite difficult to master.

Healthcare in the Netherlands

You are required to have health insurance in the Netherlands. If you are not insured, you will receive basic medical aid, but you can expect a relatively high bill. However, every hospital has a fund for non-insured or people without papers, so you will never be denied urgent medical aid. But, health insurance is mandatory and if you fail to get insurance within three months, you will be fined €375,-.

Health insurance in the Netherlands is quite expensive. You can get basic insurance from €110,- but a basic insurance doesn’t always cover what expats might expect, so it’s important to read the small print.

Finding a place to live

There are many ways to find a new home in the Netherlands. A simple Google-search will give you enough hits to start a proper new home search. Not only do you need a home to live, you also need a rental contract or a purchase deed of a house to get your BSN or social security number, before you can register at city hall as a resident.

Registering at city hall

When you’ve found a place to live, you need to register yourself as a resident, which you do at city hall (in Dutch called: Gemeente). You need official documents to register yourself. If your documents are not in Dutch, English, French or German, you have to get an official translation.

Bring the following documents with you from home:

  • Valid passport (or personal identification).
  • Residence permit, such as a sticker in your passport, ID card or letter from the IND (Immigration & Naturalisation Service).
  • Rental contract or home purchase deed.
  • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • If applicable, you need your foreign marriage certificate, divorce certificate or registered partnership.

Once you have completed these steps, you are an official resident of the Netherlands. Welcome!

If you are looking for a local business partner in the Netherlands after you made your move and started your business, Van Eert Accountants and Advisers is happy to be just that. As professionals with extended knowledge we can assist you with settling in the Netherlands. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • drs. W.A.K.H.F. van der Pol RA  

    'Business is: think before you act, but sometimes it’s just taking the risk.'

    drs. W.A.K.H.F. van der Pol RA