If you are a Dutch national living in Hong Kong, you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. You must provide a number of documents with your application. The documents you need depend on your personal situation.
If you are applying for a certificate in order to keep your Dutch nationality, first read ‘Can I automatically lose my Dutch nationality?’
How you apply for the certificate depends on your situation:
- I have never held a Dutch passport or ID card: you cannot apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. This also applies to children who do not yet have a Dutch passport or ID card. (You can, however, apply for a Dutch passport or ID card if you wish.)
- My Dutch passport or ID card has expired: you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate but you must submit your application by registered post. Find out below how to do that.
- I have a valid Dutch passport or ID card: you can apply for a Dutch nationality certificate online. Find out below how to do that.
Step 1: Create a personal checklist
When you apply for a Dutch nationality certificate, it is important that you provide the right documents. So you should first fill in the personal checklist for you or your child. Then you’ll know what documents you need.
In Step 2, you will see whether there are additional document requirements in the country you live in.
Generate your personal checklist by answering a maximum of 10 questions:
- Your foreign documents may need to be legalised.
- If your document was not drawn up in Dutch, English, French or German, you should have it translated by a sworn translator.
- You may be asked to provide additional documents.
A Dutch nationality certificate is only issued in Dutch.
Step 2: Check the additional requirements/information
Your documents may need to meet additional requirements in a given country. Below you can find out about the requirements for Hong Kong.
Proof of legal residence
You must provide proof of legal residence in the country where you live. In Hong Kong, you can do this by providing one of the following documents:
- a photocopy of your visa and supporting documents
- a photocopy of your residence permit
if you also hold the Hongkong nationality: a valid Hongkong passport or ID card
If you have a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, you must produce a Certificate of Registered Particulars (CRP) when applying for a passport or ID card. You can apply to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for a CRP. The CRP should give the following details:
- the date of issue of your Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card;
- your nationality, as registered with the Hong Kong Immigration Department;
- the names of your parent or parents and their Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card numbers.
A CRP is not required if you can prove that you have held a Hong Kong residence/work visa.
A minor can prove legal stay by providing on of the following documents:
- a local birth certificate with status "established";
- a photo copy of the residence permit.
If, according to your personal checklist (step 1), you need to get a document legalised, and if your birth certificate or marriage certificate was issued in Hong Kong, you must have the document legalised with an apostille.
Step 3: Apply for a certificate
Find out below how to submit your application.
If you have never held a Dutch passport or ID card, you cannot apply for a Dutch nationality certificate. This also applies to children who do not yet have a Dutch passport or ID card.*
* You cannot use a Dutch nationality certificate for travel or to prove your identity. The certificate only establishes that the holder was a Dutch national on the day that it was issued.
If your Dutch passport or ID card has expired, you cannot submit your application by email. Send your application with all the required documents (copies or in some cases originals) by registered post to the consular section of the Dutch embassy or Dutch consulate-general in your country of residence. Or to the nearest Dutch embassy or consulate-general if there is none in your country of residence.
Points to note
- Create a personal checklist to find out what original documents you must submit with your application. It’s important that you include the completed checklist with your application.
- Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your application so that the embassy or consulate-general can return the original documents to you.
- Any foreign documents may need to be legalised.
After checking your documents, the embassy or consulate-general will forward your application to the Consular Service Organisation (CSO) in The Hague. CSO will assess and process your application.
Send scanned copies (PDF) of all the required documents and proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the attachments exceed the maximum size for one email, divide the documents over 2 or more emails.
How do you apply for a certificate?
Send a scanned copy of all the required documents and proof of payment to email@example.com.
Is the PDF file too large to send in one go? Then split the documents and send them in 2 (or more) emails.
How much will it cost?
A Dutch nationality certificate costs € 30 per certificate. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) to:
|Bank name||ING Bank N.V.|
|Adress bank||Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 106|
|Postal code bank||1102 CT|
|Account holder||Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)|
|Postal code||2515 XP|
|Location||Den Haag (The Hague)|
|IBAN||NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08|
Important! When making the transfer please state the following: VBN - <your initials and last name> - <your country of residence>.
For example: VBN - PJ Janssen - Spain
Remember to attach proof of payment (for example a copy or photo of your credit card statement / bank statement).
How long will it take?
The average processing time for applications is 4 weeks. If you are asked to send additional documents, processing may take up to 8 weeks. You will receive the certificate digitally by email.
How long is a Dutch nationality certificate valid for?
The validity period of a Dutch nationality certificate is not defined by law. The certificate simply shows that you held Dutch nationality on the date it was issued.
It is up to the organisation requiring you to present the certificate to determine how recently it must have been issued .
What language will the certificate be issued in?
Dutch nationality certificates are issued in Dutch only.
In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.