Quicker access to payments accounts for Ukrainian refugees
A dedicated page on the websites of the Dutch Payments Association and the Dutch Banking Association contains practical information, advice and instructions. This also includes the links to the information pages of the individual payment providers, such as banks, where a payment account can be opened either by the refugee in person or by an aid worker.
Providers of payment accounts will always request a valid Ukrainian biometric passport or identity card and often also the Dutch citizen service number (burgerservicenummer – BSN). Municipalities will take care of the registration of Ukrainian refugees upon arrival in the Netherlands and provide them with a Dutch citizen service number.
Refugees that cannot open a payment account, for example because they don’t have a valid passport, will be able to receive a temporary prepaid card from the municipality where they reside. The municipality will be able to provide through the prepaid card allowances for living expenses. This will allow the person to pay for example the daily necessities.
Betaalvereniging Nederland - Ukraine (EN)