Welcome to the Netherlands! Anyone residing in the Netherlands is legally required to take out a Dutch basic health insurance. For international students there are however some exceptions.
You are not allowed to take out a Dutch health insurance if you are in the Netherlands for study purposes only. You can remain insured with the health insurer in your home country or take out a private international health insurance. If you are from the EU/EEA you may be eligible to receive a European Health In surance Card (EHIC) which covers your necessary medical costs during your stay. Apply with the health insurer in your home country and check this information.
Received a letter from CAK?
You might receive a letter from the CAK about your insurance obligation. You need to take action within 3 months or you will receive a fine of ap proximately €380,- . Even if you incorrectly received the letter from the CAK.
You might need to take out a Dutch health insurance if you are planning to do a paid internship. Therefore, it is important to contact the SVB to request (free of charge) for an investigation of your insurance situation under the Wlz scheme.
You are required to have a Dutch health insurance if you have a (part – time) job.
How to take out a Dutch health insurance?
The basic health insurance is mandatory and covers among other things hospital treatment.
Please contact Zorgverzekeringslijn for any questions about the Dutch healthcare insurance. You can call toll free on number 0800 64 64 644 (weekdays 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.) or browse this website.