Local registration during corona outbreak

Local registration in the Netherlands is an important step in the settling in process. It allows you to obtain a BSN, which is necesarry for many important things while living and working in our country, such as receiving salary, taking out a bank account, taking out health insurance, etc. We are here to answer any question you might have regarding the topic during the corona situation in the Netherlands.

Can I complete my local registration during the corona outbreak?

Yes, but most town halls currently allow appointments for first time registration/BSN (citizen service number), and unless it is absolutely necessary; meaning if you will otherwise lose your job without a BSN or need the BSN to get medical assistance or health insurance.

Many services can be coordinated online such as change of address and applying for a parking permit.

Are town halls and Expat Centres open during the corona outbreak?

Partially. It varies by municipality but in general they are only allowing appointments for urgent matters. Walk-in hours are not available. The Expat Centres in Amsterdam and the Hague remain open, but with limited staff and hours. The Expat Centres in Rotterdam and Eindhoven are currently closed until at least April 28th. Any appointments already scheduled, will take place at the municipality office instead. The International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region (IWCUR) is currently only open for urgent appointments, but is otherwise closed until at least April 28th.

Can I still register my birth and marriage certificates with the municipality?

Not at the moment. Registration of certificates is not considered urgent and thus can be postponed a few months until things are back to normal. Unfortunately it is not possible to submit these documents digitally or through regular mail.

How long can I stay registered on my company’s address?

Normally it’s only allowed for three months, but in the current circumstances if you are unable to find a rental property or unable to physically get back to the Netherlands due to travel restrictions, the authorities are willing to make exceptions on a case by case basis. As mentioned before, should you want to change your address because you now have a new home address, this can be done online.

Should you have any further questions regarding local registration in the Netherlands or any other challenge you are facing during your relocation to the Netherlands, please feel free to contact us.

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