ABN AMRO: Open a bank account in the Netherlands in 3 easy steps

ABN AMRO: Open a bank account in the Netherlands in 3 easy steps


Opening a bank account in the Netherlands has never been easier. ABN AMRO, the go-to bank for expats in the Netherlands, has made it possible to open a bank account even if you don't have your BSN (burgerservicenummer). Their expat advisers, who are fluent in English, are happy to help you set everything up. But you can also do this yourself through three easy steps.

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Step 1: Grab your phone and download the ABN AMRO app

You can easily open a bank account for yourself via the ABN AMRO app. You can actually just stop reading this article and check out the video on how it works.

With top-notch security and a stellar 4,5-star rating, the app is your 24/7 pocket-sized bank. Whether you want to check your balance over breakfast or pay a bill on your lunch break - it's all at your fingertips. Oh, and if your debit card goes missing? You can block it in the app faster than you can say, "Oops!"

Step 2: Let the app guide you

Open the app, click on "Open account" and follow the instructions. All you'll need is a snapshot of your ID and a selfie. You will be asked to provide a BSN and a Proof of Residence. If you don't have a BSN or a Proof of Residence at hand, you can also upload these later.

What is a Proof of Residence?

If you don't have a Dutch passport, the banks in the Netherlands will need to confirm your residency. They'll request a copy of your local municipal registration, which is available through an extract from the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). You can still open a bank account with ABN AMRO without proof of registration, but your account would not yet be available for use. Once your proof of residence is uploaded, you can start using your account.

What is a BSN?

BSN (burgerservicenummer or citizen service number) is a unique personal number that is used for contact between citizens and the Dutch government. All banks in the Netherlands are required by law to have the BSNs of their customers. Traditionally, a BSN was a prerequisite for opening a bank account in the Netherlands, which posed a significant challenge for newcomers. ABN AMRO has now made it possible for expats to start their banking journey in the Netherlands without a BSN.

Step 3: Start banking!

Upon completing the sign-up, your debit card will be on its way and should arrive in your mailbox in just a few days. This card isn't just a key to your new ABN AMRO account - which you can manage through both the app and internet banking. It's also your ticket to a smooth payment experience, whether you're shopping online or setting up mobile payments like Apple Pay and Google Pay. You can even use your debit card to check into public transportation in the Netherlands.

Don’t forget: Provide your BSN

Keep in mind that you can indeed open a bank account without a BSN at the start, but don't forget that you'll need to provide your BSN eventually - it's a legal must. Aim to submit your BSN within 90 days after your account comes to life. If not, you'll find your account on pause. But not to worry, in most cases, you'll have your BSN from the local municipality in hand well before the deadline.

ABN AMRO is here to help

Do you need a credit card? Are you dreaming of owning a home? Thinking of dipping your toes into investing? The expat advisors at ABN AMRO, who are all fluent in English, are ready to assist with all of your financial questions. Check out their website for a broad spectrum of financial advice and information. For over 25 years, ABN AMRO has been a trusted financial partner for expats.



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