Official information British people moving to and living in the Netherlands need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.
Brexit: what you need to know
There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the Netherlands while the UK remains in the EU.
While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:
Before you go
See our travel advice for the Netherlands and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for the Netherlands in our travel advice.
You must carry photographic ID at all times.
If you’re in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, you must register with your local Municipality Administration (GBA). Your local town hall (gemeentehuis) can tell you what documents you need to apply for your residence permit (verblijfsdocument).
See our travel advice for the Netherlands.
The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting the Netherlands.
You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.
If you’re studying, your UK EHIC card will cover you for the duration of your course. If your course isn’t part of a UK degree (eg postgraduate studies), your EHIC is valid for 12 months. See studying abroad and international students in the Netherlands.
You have 4 months from arriving in the Netherlands to arrange health insurance – this is compulsory. The basic Dutch health insurance (basis verzekering) covers general medical care, such as visits to a local GP or hospital and basic dental care. See health insurance information centre.
S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK
You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in the Netherlands and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.
You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pension Centre.
When you get your S1 form, register it with your local state office before you register with a GP and get a medical card.
Working in the Netherlands
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
You can also get a Certificate of Good Conduct Netherlands.
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in the Netherlands.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
If you’ve worked in the Netherlands, you can claim your Dutch pension through your local pensions office.
If you haven’t worked in the Netherlands, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.
If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
You may be eligible to claim some Dutch social security benefits – see social security benefits – the Netherlands.
Driving in the Netherlands
Once you’re resident in the Netherlands, and registered with your local town hall (gemeentehuis), you must register your car with the Dutch authorities. See car registration and taxes – the Netherlands.
When driving, you should always have your:
- driving licence
- insurance documents
- ID document, ie passport or residence permit (verblijfsdocument)
If you receive a traffic fine while in the Netherlands, see Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.
If you’re resident in the Netherlands, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.
See travelling with pets.
The Netherlands uses the European emergency number 112 – see the Netherlands – emergency numbers.
If you need urgent help, contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
- English-speaking lawyers and translators in the Netherlands
- notary services for the Netherlands
- Amsterdam Council Brexit Information Point
- The International Centre of The Hague
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Dutch authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.