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On this page you will find how to exchange money and open a bank account.


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Last updated: Monday, October 24, 2022

Here you will find information on how to open a checking account. Are you a citizen of Ukraine without a valid ID or do you not have Ukrainian nationality? If so, as of Monday, October 3, you may still be able to open a checking account.

You can read more about this in the subcategory Open a payment account with an alternate ID.

Payment accounts for refugees from Ukraine

Refugees from Ukraine can open a bank account by presenting a Ukrainian biometric passport or ID card. Starting Monday, October 3, it will also be possible to open a checking account with other proof of identity. You can read more about this in the subcategory Open a payment account with an alternate ID. Nearly all banks require a citizen service number (BSN) as well. In addition, you need a (residential) address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

With a checking account comes an IBAN, a debit card, and the ability to arrange (international) financial affairs via internet banking. Through the website of Betaalvereniging Nederland you can see which banks offer this and what the conditions are. The rules and guidelines for providing checking accounts have been temporarily eased for refugees from Ukraine.

For more information on opening a bank account, please check:


Providers of payment accounts

The following banks offer payment accounts for refugees from Ukraine:

  • ABN Amro

  • Bitsafe: Only a Ukrainian ID/passport or a Ukrainian driver's license is required. You do not need a BSN.

  • Bunq: Your BSN only needs to be provided after opening the bank account. Bunq also has opportunities for Ukrainians to open a bank account with an alternate id.

  • ING

  • Rabobank: You can also open an account here with a valid or expired passport from another country along with a Ukrainian residence permit that was valid on February 24, 2022.

  • Regiobank

  • SNS Bank

  • Triodos Bank

A more detailed overview of all the different providers of payment accounts can be found on this website of the municipality of Amsterdam:


Payment account with an alternate ID

If you are a Ukrainian without a valid ID, or if you have a different nationality, there are some specific options for opening a payment account. See the page on how to open a payment account with an alternate ID.


Sending money abroad

There are several companies allowing the transfer of money abroad. Two large international players include Moneygramand Western Union. Moneygram currently offers free transfers to Ukraine.


Currency exchange

As of the 15th of june it is possible to exchange Ukrainian hryvnia in the Netherlands. You can find more information about this in the subcategory currency exchange.


Safe banking

Electronic banking involves risks. On this website you will find tips on how to bank safely online.