You can lose your Dutch nationality if you acquire another nationality or if you do not renew your passport on time. Find out how to prevent this.
What’s your situation?
If you voluntarily acquire another nationality, you will almost always lose your Dutch nationality. This is set out in the law and cannot be prevented. As of 1 April 2003, however, there are certain exceptions where you will not lose your Dutch nationality.
- You were born in the country of your other nationality. And you live there at the time you acquire that nationality.
- You lived for an uninterrupted period of at least 5 years before the age of 18 in the country of your other nationality.
- You are married to or in a registered partnership with someone who holds the other nationality.
These exceptions do not apply if you acquire Austrian nationality. In that case, you will still lose your Dutch nationality.
If you have another nationality besides Dutch and you have lived for at least 13 consecutive years outside the EU, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten, you will almost always lose your Dutch nationality. This does not apply if you or your spouse/partner work for the government of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao or St Maarten.
Making sure you do not lose your Dutch nationality
If this situation applies to you, you can make sure you do not lose your Dutch nationality. You can do that by renewing your Dutch passport on time (i.e. within 13 years of when it was issued). As long as your new passport is issued within the 13-year period, you will keep your Dutch nationality. You can also keep your Dutch nationality by applying for a certificate of Dutch nationality.
On 1 April 2022 the time limit for loss of Dutch nationality was changed from 10 to 13 years. If the 10-year time limit for your document expired before 1 April 2022, you will lose your Dutch nationality because the new 13-year time limit does not apply to you.
Renewing your passport at the embassy or consulate
You can renew your passport at a Dutch embassy or consulate-general, at a border municipality or at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. In some cases you will need extra documents because you have dual nationality.
It can take up to 3 months to get your new passport after you submit your application. If you apply for a new passport within the 13-year time limit but do not receive it until after the time limit expires, you will lose your Dutch nationality. Check on what date it will be 13 years since your passport was issued and make an appointment to renew it at least 3 months before that date.
Applying for a certificate of Dutch nationality
Instead of renewing your passport, you can also apply for a certificate of Dutch nationality. This certificate shows that you are a Dutch national. A certificate of Dutch nationality costs less than a passport. But you cannot travel on it.
Losing Dutch nationality because of a government decision
You can also lose your Dutch nationality through a decision by the Dutch government. This may happen if you acquire Dutch nationality by fraudulent means. Or if you become a member of a group that threatens the Netherlands’ national security.
Regaining Dutch nationality
If you don’t know whether you still have Dutch nationality, first check whether you’ve lost your Dutch nationality.
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