I have just arrived in the Netherlands. What are the formalities I need to complete?
What is a BSN? Am I required to get one?
Do I need to legalise or translate my documents to register?
What is DigiD?
Will my driving licence be valid?
I am entitled to the '30% tax ruling'. Will my driving licence be valid?
What is a 'Certificate of Fitness' (VvG)? And when is it necessary?
Which insurances are most important in the Netherlands?
I am a student that have just arrived to the Netherlands. What are the formalities that have to be completed?
Is there any insurance that applies to me as a student?
What are the emergency numbers in the Netherlands?
Here you can find a list of emergency numbers and other useful contacts:
- Emergency numbers
- Police stations,
- 24-hour medical service
- 24-hour Gas/Electricity Number
Please note that the the Netherlands country code is 0031.
112 is the emergency number for fire, police and ambulance and so is only to be used in cases of real emergency, when every second counts. This is also the emergency number throughout Europe.
For police services first call 0900 8844. You will then be connected to your local police station (www.politie.nl)
24-hour medical service
Should any of the following numbers not be useful to you, please check on your local free newspapers list after-hours emergency numbers or contact your local apotheek (pharmacy).
088 0030 600 (Huisartsenpost in Amsterdam area),
070 – 346 9669 (Huisartsendienst in The Hague area)
010-2060300 (Huisartsenpost in Rotterdam Rijnmond – zip 3011 / main office)
010 – 290 9888 (Huisartsenpost in Rotterdam South – zip 3079)
010 466 95 73 (Huisartsenpost in Rotterdam St Franciscus Gasthuis – zip 3045)
0900 1515 (24 hour information on phone numbers for doctors on the areas of ‘t Gooi, Almere, Amersfoort as well as dentists – not all areas)
The following numbers are available 17:00 – 08:00 and answer the phone in Dutch
020-555 8282 (Amsterdam Dental365)
070-204 0010 (The Hague Dental365)
085-105 1760 (Rotterdam Dental365)
Gas, electricity 24-hour number
A 24-hour national number to call for electricity, gas or meter problems, if you suspect a gas leak, smell fumes or have a general power problem: 0800 9009.
The first Monday of the month at 12:00 noon, emergency sirens are tested. Do not be alarmed. In the event of a real emergency, turn on your television or radio to a local station for further information.