BNP Paribas Fortis is the first bank in Belgium to enable you, as a soon-to-be expatriate resident in the country, to become a customer within 15 just minutes via our website.  This means that your accounts, bank cards, rental guarantee and insurance cover will all be arranged in advance and ready for you the day you arrive in Belgium.
1.2.5. Expats

Welcome to Belgium!

The presence of the EU and other international institutions, plus a large number of multinational companies and NGOs, has made Belgium a popular place to live and work. The documentary series made by TV5 Monde on the ‘Capital of Europe’ clearly illustrates this. 

A partner you can rely on

Are you coming to work or study in Belgium? While this should be an exciting and fulfilling experience, preparing for your arrival is not always easy. As Belgium's leading bank, BNP Paribas Fortis is your trusted partner of choice for all your banking business. Whatever your needs and length of your stay, we have tailor-made solutions for you.

A bank account before your arrival

On the list of things to do before you arrive in Belgium, opening a bank account may be the most indispensable. You need a bank account to receive your salary, arrange your insurance cover and carry out a range of other formalities. You can simplify your life and open a bank account online in just a few clicks, no matter where you come from. 

Setting up a home abroad

At the start of your stay in Belgium you might prefer to rent a flat or a house. Before a landlord will rent housing to you, he will ask you to provide a rental guarantee. To make life easier, you can apply for this online. That way you ensure that your application is being processed, even before your arrival in Belgium. Have you already settled in and decided to buy a home? In that case you will enjoy many advantages with our Flexible Home Loan. Regardless of whether you rent or buy, you should make sure your home insurance cover is adequate. If you think your home deserves the best possible protection, Top Home insurance is just what you need. 

26 specialised expat branches

We are never far away. Our specialised expat branches have long opening hours and offer tailored services. Our multilingual staff have received special training to meet your specific needs. One of our staff will remain your permanent contact person during the entire duration of your stay. 

A Belgian bank with an international approach

BNP Paribas Fortis has a presence in 80 countries. Your stay in our country may be nearly over, but that does not mean our partnership is coming to an end! We are always there for you, even beyond Belgium’s borders...

External links

Like to know more? > www.bnpparibasfortis.be/expatinbelgium