Checklist moving abroad

If you are moving abroad, there is a lot you will have to arrange beforehand. Many of these things are difficult to do from another country. Check what you need to arrange with the Dutch authorities before you leave the Netherlands. This will save you a lot of time and effort.

What to arrange: the essentials

Before you leave the Netherlands, be sure to:

Other things to consider

What else you will need to arrange before moving depends on your situation. For example, do you receive Dutch state pension (AOW)? Do you have children that will be moving with you? Do you have a car? See what you will need to arrange and what options are available:

After you move

Find out from the municipality where you will be living abroad how to register as a new resident. You cannot register with the Dutch embassy, but you can sign up to the embassy’s Information Service.

Sign up to the Information Service (information in Dutch)

After moving abroad there may be other matters to arrange with the Dutch authorities. For example, filing your income tax return. It’s also important for you to know that there are situations in which you can lose your Dutch nationality, and what those are. Find everything you have to arrange from abroad.

Living and working outside the Netherlands

Do you want to vote in the Dutch elections from abroad? Register yourself as a Dutch voter outside the Netherlands via the Municipality of The Hague.

How to register as a Dutch voter outside the Netherlands

Moving back to the Netherlands

At some point in the future you may decide to move back to the Netherlands. If you do, there will be many things to arrange, some of which may involve waiting times. You should therefore find out before moving abroad everything you will need to arrange if you return to live in the Netherlands in the future.

Step-by-step plan for moving back to the Netherlands