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 walk-in 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 :

For service partners and companies: Handelshuis Leiden ( Tourist Information), Stationsplein 26, 2312 AV, Leiden

For registration and helpdesk: Stadskantoor Leiden, booth 0.22 ( LEVEL building), Bargelaan 190, 2333 CW, Leiden

  • Mondays | 9:00-12:15 - for registrations (appointment only)
  • Wednesdays | 9:00- 16.30 - for registrations (appointment only)

Walk-ins without an appointment are temporarily not permitted to minimize contact due to the coronavirus.

It is now possible to make a videocall appointment to ask questions on healthcare, housing, finding work, schooling, learning Dutch and more. Book a timeslot, currently only available on Tuesday's, for your videocall appointment here

You can find more information about appointments here.