Dutch online bank account

If you are planning on setting up a Dutch company in the Netherlands,  before you start the process of company registration.

It’s important that you gain as much information as possible regarding opening a dutch online bank account in the Netherlands.

Common mistakes of incorporation bank account

One of the most common mistakes we see our clients make is incorporating their Dutch B.V. company first, only to find out afterwards that they are unable to open dutch a bank account.

They end up spending a ton of time searching dutch banks, filling in forms, exchanging countless emails, and waiting for an email or post to come in with an IBAN number, but nothing happens. 

Or worse yet, they get rejected by bank after bank.

What most people don’t realize is that once you’re rejected by a Dutch online bank, it’s significantly more difficult to open a bank account, even if you head to another bank.

If you’re planning on expanding your business to the Netherlands, this can be one of the biggest nightmares to face.

Our company formation package offers setting up a dutch BV and FREE advice on finding banks which accept non-residents. 

This could save you time and effort in searching for Dutch banks that have a higher chance of opening a bank account, as well as avoiding those that are not worth your time

Apply credit card and debit card

Some Dutch online banks offer debit cards, which are useful for business travellers who need to use them in other countries.

However, credit cards are relatively rare among Dutch online banks and may not be offered to their customers.

Most common reasons for a dutch bank rejection

There are a ton of reasons why you could be rejected by a Dutch bank, but in our experience, these are the most common reasons:

1.You have no local Dutch resident director

Many Dutch banks do not accept clients who are not Dutch residents. 

We often see clients rejected because none of their directors are residents of the Netherlands. 

When it comes to defining residency, most banks require a director that is actually a resident of the Netherlands. Being an EU citizen is simply not enough.

2. Your company structure is too complex

If you’re company structure is too complex you could face a delay or even rejection from a Dutch bank.

The more simple, the better. In one case, we saw the bank’s compliance department take three months to go through the process due to the complexity of the organization.

3. Your scope is risky

If the scope of your business is considered to be too risky from the bank, you could risk rejection. For example, businesses related to Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

Learn from the mistakes of others

You don’t have to make the same mistakes as other companies, you can learn from them. With proper research and preparation, you could be well on your way to opening a Dutch bank account.

Moving your company to the Netherlands can be complex at times, but with the right help and guidance, you can be well on your way to opening your Dutch bank account and incorporating your new company. 

Dutch Business Incorporation is dedicated to helping our clients to be successful in the Netherlands

Find out how we can help you to start a business in the Netherlands as a foreigner. 

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