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Leaving the Netherlands

Do I need to deregister with the municipality before I leave the Netherlands?

What happens to my DigiD? Does everything get deactivated?

I have left before deregistering with the municipality - What should I do?

I have a Dutch bank account. Do I need to close it before I leave?

What should I do with my Dutch car?

What do I need to do with my rental property when I leave?

What options do I have with property that I own?

How do I sort out my utilities commitments before I leave?

How do I end my Dutch telephone contract agreements

How do I end my TV/internet contract agreements?

What should I do with things I can’t sell?

Who should I contact for help with moving house?

How do I sort out my tax situation?

As I am now leaving the Netherlands, can I get a tax rebate?

The country that I am moving to requires me to provide a translation of official documents which are in Dutch (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.). How do I do this?

For how long does my passport need to be valid for me to be able to leave and enter another country?

Will I still receive social security benefits when I leave the country?

I have Dutch health insurance. Will I still be covered once I have left the Netherlands?

Due to Covid-19, my contract has been cancelled and now I am unemployed. Am I eligible to claim [unemployment] benefits?

I’m leaving the Netherlands and I cannot visit the town hall in person. How do I de-register during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Deregistration options can vary by municipality. For example, in The Hague you can deregister in person or via post, whereas in Amsterdam you also have the option to deregister using your DigiD.  Therefore, depending on your municipality, you may deregister in one of three ways:

  • In person at the municipality in which you live: Please note that due to Covid-19, procedures may differ from normal. Municipalities are open by appointment only; therefore you need to ensure you book an appointment online or by telephone. Please bring your passport or country ID card with you. You will receive a printed confirmation of deregistration from the municipality.
  • Online: Report your move and deregister online using your DigiD. Follow the Dutch instructions for reporting your move.
  • By post: By sending a deregistration notification to the municipality in which you live. Please download the deregistration form of your municipality, fill it in and send it to the gemeente address of the municipality where you were registered. For your information, you can only deregister by post when all the members of a family at one address are moving abroad together. If this is not the case, then everyone who is leaving the Netherlands (including minors) must appear in person at the department’s counter to deregister.

If you have a Dutch residence permit and are leaving the country on a permanent basis, then you must return your residence permit as it is a property of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. You can send it by post to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst – IND):

IND Bureau Documenten

P.O. Box 7025

8007 HA Zwolle

Before mailing the document, you must make it invalid by making a cut in the document or perforating it. Do not cut the document in half. It is also possible to hand in your residence document at the IND desk in your region. Please call the IND 088 043 04 30 (Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:00) to make an appointment.

For more information related to deregistering, check:

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