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Leaving the Netherlands

When it comes time for foreign residents to leave the Netherlands, on your way to a new home, it should be no surprise that a few formalities apply. Ensuring these are done will also ensure that bills or other obligations do not follow you onto your new country of residence. We recommend planning for this in a timely manner, and provide some of the answers you may need below. Please be aware that you are legally obliged to de-register from the gemeente (municipality) in which you reside before departing from the Netherlands. Failure to do so will mean that the local authorities will consider you a resident. This will have an impact on your tax status and you may be liable to a fine for not complying with certain Dutch regulations, e.g. no longer having health insurance etc.

Following the official termination of your legal resident in the Netherlands, you are required to leave the country as soon as possible. You will need to be in possession of a valid passport or other border-crossing travel document in order to travel to another country.

We are indebted to, and appreciative of the efforts of many volunteers – past and present – who work on researching the answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive about relocating to and living in Holland/the Netherlands; and our partners who double check our research. For the most recent review/update of FAQs related to Leaving we thank: ACCESS Volunteers – Kathryn Gerrits and ACCESS Partners – Wilfred Assink of The Hague International Centre