Leaving the Netherlands formalities The Hague region

Leaving the Netherlands


Will you be leaving the Netherlands? There are a lot of things to take care of. It might come in handy to draw up a list of all persons, companies and services to inform about your move. Our partner ACCESS has come up with a very useful list of all things to do when leaving the country.


It is very important to inform the municipality of your move. The municipality will inform other government authorities of your departure. Please keep in mind that the deregistration procedure differs per municipality. At the Municipality of The Hague, for example, you may not report your move any earlier than 5 days before your date of departure.

Visit the website of your municipality for more information about deregistration:

Returning your residence card

Your residence card is property of the Dutch government. You must return your residence document before you leave the Netherlands. You can hand in your residence document at The Hague International Centre or the IND desk in your region. At The Hague International Centre, you can hand in your residence card from Monday till Thursday, from 9.00 to 12.00 hrs. When handing in your residence card at the IND desk, you need to make an appointment.