The Expat Centre Leiden (ECL) offers government services, information and provides a network for internationals living or working in the Leiden region. Internationals can be registered by making an appointment, receive a BSN and receive information about living in the Netherlands.

For some services, a service fee will be charged.

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Since December 2019, the COVID-19 virus (colloquially referred to as the coronavirus) has been spreading, originating from Wuhan province, China. With news media covering the virus extensively, it is important to know where to find information and updates about the impacts of the virus on the Netherlands.

Measures Expat Centre Leiden region

As a result of the measures taken by the RIVM regarding the coronavirus, we have facilitated a temporary visiting address and adjusted opening hours until further notice. Our helpdesk is currently not open for visits, but we are stil here to answer your questions: you can contact us by email at or you can contact any of our partners directly for information in specific expertise. Please find their contact information here:

Current visiting address :

Stadskantoor Leiden, booth 0.22
Bargelaan 190
2333 CW Leiden

  • Mondays | 9:00-12:15 - for registrations (appointment only)
  • Wednesdays | 9:00- 12:15 - for registrations (appointment only)

Walk-ins without an appointment are temporarily stopped to minimize contact due to the coronavirus.

You can find more information about appointments here.

Please note : Due to COVID-19, Leiden Municipality wants to keep appointments for registration as short as possible. Therefore, first registrations for BRP / BSN will temporarily be done based on personal information on your passport or ID card and your rental contract ( or address registration form ) only. There is no need to bring additional documents, like a birth certificate or marriage certificate. You will have to make a seperate appointment with Leiden Municipality after your first registration to show any additional documents, by calling the customer service department - phone number 14071. Please mention you would like to make an appointment for "inleveren bron documenten wonen."