Expat's Guide

Expat's Guide

The Expat's Guide is a great resource for expats who are settling into the South Netherlands! There is both a Brabant and a Maastricht Region edition. The welcome guide is available for free at the Expat Center, and is also available to view from this page.


What's Inside:


  1. About Holland Expat Center South
  2. Introduction to the Netherlands and Brabant/the Maastricht Region 
  3. Formalities: Moving, Residence Permit, Work Permit, BSN, and Driver's License
  4. Housing: Dutch Housing, Renting, Buying a House, Deciding Where to Live, Moving, Utilities, Waste and Recycling
  5. Taxation Finance & Insurance: The 30% Tax Facility, Tax Returns, Tax Benefits, Bank Accounts, Debit Card, ChipKnip, Credit Cards, Health Insurance, Private Insurances, Social Security
  6. Education & Careers: The Dutch Educational System, International Education, Childcare, Further Education & Careers for Partners, Language Courses
  7. Personal & Social Needs: Dutch Manners, Understanding the Dutch Healthcare System, Religion, Transport, Expat Networks & Social Clubs
  8. Culture & Leisure: Holidays in the Netherlands, Culture, Shopping, Special Events, Activities for Children, Sports, Trips Outside of Brabant
  9. Checklists: The Preparation Phase, Upon Arrival, Settling In, Packing Lists
    More Information: Consulates and Embassies; Town Halls and Community Websites; Useful Search Terms; and Useful Telephone Numbers

Read the 'Expat's Guide to Brabant' online!




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