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Moving to the Netherlands: A straightforward checklist

Congratulations! You've decided to embark on a thrilling adventure by moving to the Netherlands, the land of windmills, tulips, and vibrant culture. While the excitement simmers, navigating the realities of relocation can feel overwhelming. Fear not, here is a straightforward checklist that will guide you through the essential steps to ensure a smooth transition. Moving to the Netherlands: Checklist


Before You Go:

Visas and Permits: Research visa requirements well in advance. The Netherlands uses a point system, so gather documentation like employment contracts or proof of financial resources.

Embrace the Paperwork: Prepare essential documents like passports, birth certificates, and any relevant permits in translated versions if needed.

Financial Footing: Open a Dutch bank account for hassle-free transactions. Research the cost of living and set a realistic budget. Find Your Nest: Secure temporary accommodation while searching for your ideal Dutch abode. Utilize online platforms like Funda and Pararius for house hunting.

Healthcare Hero: Register for Dutch health insurance to ensure you're covered for your medical needs as it is mandatory in the Netherlands.

Settling In:

Bwoah, Learn Dutch! While English is widely spoken, learning Dutch goes a long way in integrating and appreciating the local culture. Consider enrolling in language courses or hiring a personal tutor.

Befriend the Bureaucracy: Register with the municipality (Gemeente) to obtain your Burger Service Nummer (BSN), a crucial social security number for everyday life in the Netherlands.

DigiD is Your Key: Apply for a DigiD, a digital key for accessing government services and online platforms.

Dutchify Your Ride: Check the validity of your foreign driver's license. Consider exchanging it for a Dutch license or obtaining an international driving permit.


Beyond the Basics:

Embrace the Cycle: The Netherlands is a cycling haven. Invest in a good bike and learn cycling etiquette to navigate like a true local.

Cultural Customs: Familiarize yourself with Dutch customs and etiquette to avoid any faux pas. Research greetings, tipping culture, and social norms.

Find Your Tribe: Join expat groups and/or clubs to connect with like-minded individuals and build your social circle.

Life Coaching: Adjusting to a new culture can be challenging. Consider seeking guidance from a life coach specializing in expat transitions. Get in touch with me, your potential personal life coach who can help you with managing change, managing stress and anxiety, and more.

Talk to Sri offers comprehensive life coaching sessions to internationals living in the Netherlands. My life coaching services are available in English and are completely online so that the change you want to see can be possible from the comfort of your home.


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