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Leaving the Netherlands

There are two official actions you should take in preparation for moving out of the Netherlands:

1.  De-register from the municipal database.
You should de-register from the municipal database within 5 days of leaving the Netherlands. You can de-register in one of three ways:

a.  Go in person to the municipality in which you live to report your move. Please bring your passport or country ID card with you. You will receive a printed confirmation of de-registration from the Municipality.
b.  Report your move and de-register online using your DigiD. Follow the instructions (in Dutch) for reporting your move.
c.  De-register by sending a notification by post to the municipality in which you live. Include the following information:
  • Moving date
  • Name, birthdate and BSN number
  • Old address in the Netherlands
  • New address abroad
  • Names of the people that are moving with you
  • Telephone number
  • Signature
  • Copy of ID of the person who is changing the address

Please note that if you choose method “c”, you will not have proof that you de-registered. This may be important later so we actually advise using either “a” or “b”.

2.  Return your residence permit card to the IND.
If you have de-registered from the municipal database, it is not necessary to report your departure separately to the IND.
However, the card is the property of the Dutch government and should be returned to them. You can return it to one of the nine IND offices in the Netherlands before you leave, but we advise you to keep your residence card until you are through customs at Schiphol or have left the Netherlands. The card should then be posted to the following address:
IND Bureau Documentation
Postbus 7025
8007 HA Zwolle

Before you return your residence card, it is a good idea to make a copy of both the front as well as the back of the card for possible future reference.
Kindly make the document invalid before mailing it. You can do this by making a cut in the document or by punching a hole it. Please do not cut the document in half.
 
It is important that you leave the Netherlands on time. Leaving the Netherlands on time, means that you leave BEFORE your residence permit is no longer valid. If your residence permit is no longer valid, you are no longer entitled to stay.

If you remain illegally in the Netherlands, the AVIM (police) or Marechaussee can impose a return decision. The return decision may state that you have to leave within 4 weeks, but it could also state that you have to leave the Netherlands immediately. You can also get an entry ban for Europe. This does not apply to EU/EEA citizens and their family members. See this link for additional information.