Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a valid passport and proof of employment.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1-2 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after completion of inventory, inspection of the unit.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical international school fees include:

• Application fee
• Capitalization fee
• ESL fee
• Enrollment test fee
• Tuition

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer and check are acceptable methods of payment.

Additional Notes

Free primary education is offered by the government and by Roman Catholic and Protestant mission schools. The official school language is Dutch.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Copy of valid passport
• Visa or residence permit
• A valid foreign driver’s license and official translation thereof (ex. Dutch)

Additional Notes

A valid drivers license issued by your home country is required. The license conversion process may take up to 3 months.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for proof of income (work certificate, tax return, work contract, job reference letter).

Time Required

Typically, opening a bank account can be completed same day.

Additional Notes

Depending on your work situation or immigration status, there may be different requirements. Opening a bank account is typically straight forward if you have a letter from your employer with your function and salary (dated within one month of your bank account application date), your valid I.D. (passport), and your “stay” papers.