Leaving the Netherlands
- 22 January 2014
- 16 November 2015
Just as it’s compulsory to register upon arrival, it’s also necessary to deregister when moving out of the Netherlands.
When leaving the Netherlands to live abroad, you must report this to the municipality within five days of your date of departure. This is possible by mail or in person. One adult member of the family may deregister the entire family. A written deregistration is NOT possible when not all of the residents at a certain address are departing (i.e. when some are leaving but not all). In this case, all those departing must deregister, in person at City Hall, including minors.Persons who live in The Hague and completed there registration at The Hague International Centre can deregister at The Hague International Centre from 9.00 to 12.00, Monday - Thursday.
You may need an official proof of deregistration to terminate services such as the telephone or insurance coverage. To explicitly request an extract (proof) from the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP in Dutch) please read the information on BRP extract.
Clearance certificate for household effects
When moving to or from a location abroad, customs can ask you to present an inward or outward clearance certificate for your household effects. For this certificate, you will need an extract from the Personal Records Database (BRP). You can apply for this document at one of the city district offices.
Returning your residence permit
You need to return your residence permit after your stay in the Netherlands and after deregistration. The card remains state property. You can hand in the residence permit to one of the IND desks or you can send the card by mail along with a short accompanying letter or a copy of your official proof of deregistration to IND:
Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst
Postbus 7025, 8007 HA Zwolle
or The Hague International Centre. The residence permit can be handed in at THIC from 9.00 to 12.00, Monday-Thursday.
For more information on how to report your move, see The Hague municipality website.