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A valid Dutch residence permit and a valid national passport allows you to travel to and within the Schengen area. You may stay in all countries in the Schengen area outside of the Netherlands for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.
When the validity of your residence permit expires, you have to leave the Netherlands. However, if you wish to stay in the Schengen area shortly after, this is possible in one of the following situations:
If you need to travel outside of the Schengen area and your residence permit has expired or will expire while you are abroad, you may need to purchase a Return Visa (depending on your visa requirement*) under the following conditions:
*Are you not subject to a visa requirement? Then you can travel back to the Netherlands from abroad during your permit-exempted term. You do not require a return visa. However, other authorities or organizations (e.g. an airline company or customs authorities) may not accept that and may require you to have a return visa. Please check this before departure.
You can return to the Netherlands if you have a Return Visa as well as a valid passport (or other travel document).
If you have a return visa, you may also travel back to the Netherlands through other Schengen countries. This Return Visa does not allow you to stay (e.g. for a holiday) in another Schengen country.
You will need to read this IND page carefully and then make an appointment online with the IND in order to obtain the Return Visa.