Arrival Services

Are you joining The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) as an international student? The information on this page helps you to prepare for your stay in the Netherlands. You can read about the kind of documents you will need to bring with you and other important guidelines relating to arrival formalities and settling in the Netherlands.    

Travelling and studying during COVID-19.  

We understand you might have a lot of questions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. For all your questions regarding this topic please check the Study in Holland website for the latest updates. For questions about studying at THUAS during COVID-19 please carefully read the FAQ on Coronavirus or contact your study programme directly. You will also find more information about requirements for self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands on the FAQ on Coronavirus page.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay at home and get tested. 
(call +31 800-1202 to make an appointment for a free COVID-19 test)

Information session about arrival formalities

During your introduction week, the International Office will send you a pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation in which basic information regarding immigration and registration will be outlined.

Pick-up service Schiphol Airport

Are you arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport? Then we recommend you to book a transfer to The Hague via our partner Safe & Sound pick-up service; specially for our international students. Check out their website how to apply, the schedules times and the costs.

Pick-up dates for 2022 September intake to be determined.

Immigration Steps 

Registration day & collecting your residence permit (if applicable)

Did you start your programme in September 2021? Then the International office is no longer able to arrange an appointment for you at the municipality of The Hague. On the municipalities website you can schedule your own appointment (only available in Dutch).

Municipality registration
Every exchange student (EU and Non-EU) will receive an invitation to register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). In order to obtain a QR-code which proves that you are vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, tested negative or recently recovered from the virus, you need a BSN number. You automatically receive an invitation for the registration day, with the exact date, time and a summary of the documents you need to bring. 

If you are going to live in The Hague we will make things easy by arranging an appointment for you. If you are going to live in another city, please schedule your own appointment  

How do I know if my room is in The Hague? 
If your address/zip code contains The Hague, Den Haag or ‘s-Gravenhage, you are going to live in The Hague. Any other name indicates that you must register at another municipality.

Registration day: TBA

Dutch Immigration Service (IND)   

If you have a non-Eu nationality and  we applied for a residence permit on your behalf, you automatically receive an invitation to either collect your residence permit or provide the IND with biometrics (fingerprints and picture).  

Collecting your residence permit 
When you provided the Dutch Embassy with your biometrics upon collecting your entry visa (mvv sticker), and the IND received all the information in good order, you can collect your residence permit.

Collecting your residence permit: TBA

Providing the IND with your biometrics
Sometimes you need to provide biometrics in The Netherlands. For example, if the information does not come through, fingerprints are missing, or if you don’t need an entry visa (mvv sticker) and haven’t been to the embassy at all. You can then give your biometrics during the appointment THUAS arranges for you. After a week or two, you can schedule your own appointment on the IND’s website to collect the document.  

Providing your biometrics: TBA

Health Check at the GGD The Hague 

Some non-EU students must undergo a mandatory health check. The health check consists of a Tuberculosis (TB) examination, during which your lungs will be X-rayed. You need to take the test if your nationality is not mentioned on this overview [link]  This health check is part of retaining your residence permit.  

If this applies to you, you will automatically receive an invitation with the exact date, time, location and overview of document(s) you need to bring. 

Health check day: TBA

COVID-19 vaccine

If you are not yet vaccinated and would like to get vaccinated, you can get vaccinated without an appointment. Online you can find a location finder to check out which location is closest to your address. When searching on city, please enter Den Haag (in Dutch). Should you already have a BSN number, don’t forget to bring it with you to the appointment. 

In many cases you will need a coronavirus entry pass to go to a bar or restaurant, an event or other leisure activities. Check if you need to show the coronavirus entry pass for your chosen activity or event.   

If you are visiting the Netherlands and would like to attend an activity, you can use your EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for this purpose. For instance, a DCC that is proof of vaccination or proof of recovery of COVID-19. If you don't have a DCC, you will need a negative test result to attend.  

See also Visiting the Netherlands and attending an activity.  

I am already vaccinated and would like to verify my vaccination in order to get a Dutch QR-code 
Most people won't have any trouble retrieving their data via the CoronaCheck app or But some people may find that more difficult, because they have been vaccinated outside the Netherlands. 

I am an EU citizen 
If you are an EU citizen and you were vaccinated in the European Union, you are entitled to a Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) from the country where you were vaccinated.

I am a non-EU citizen
On the website Getting proof of vaccination after being vaccinated outside the Netherlands under 'I have been fully vaccinated outside the EU and I have proof of vaccination', you can find all the information about validating your vaccination in the Netherlands.

Tips and Tricks

We understand that adapting to a new environment can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we would like to equip you with these tips to help you get off to a good start at university. We would also like to refer to the Pre-Departure Guide. And check this website out as well: Study in The Hague. 

We wish you plenty of luck and success with your studies at THUAS!