What do embassies and consulates do for Dutch nationals abroad?
Dutch nationals abroad can contact the local Dutch embassy or consulate for matters ranging from passports and consular declarations to help in an emergency.
Consular declarations and certificates
Dutch embassies and consulates can issue Dutch nationals with the following types of consular declaration/certificate:
- certificate of residence
- declaration of marital status
- certificate of the capacity to contract marriage
- certificate of life
- certificate of Dutch nationality
Please note, embassies and consulates must respect the host country’s laws.
Passports and identity cards
Dutch nationals living abroad can also apply for a passport or ID card at the embassy or consulate.
Dutch embassies can also legalise documents.
Help in an emergency
The Dutch embassy may be able to help if someone goes missing, is arrested or is admitted to hospital.
Advice for entrepreneurs
You can contact the relevant Dutch embassy if you are thinking of starting a business abroad, for instance.
Contact with the local Dutch community
Embassies and consulates often organise events. Keep an eye on the embassies’ and consulates’ calendars and Facebook pages.