When moving out of the Netherlands, there are several formalities that you need to arrange before moving abroad. A number of bureaucratic matters have to be taken care of, so plan enough time to make arrangements.
Cancel registration municipality
If you are moving abroad for longer than 8 months, it is required to cancel your registration at the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) at your local town hall or in writing to the Department of Public Service, Publiekzaken. You may deregister within maximum 5 days before your departure. When reporting about your move, you will need to inform them about your residential or corresponding address abroad. This is an example of the Department of Public Service in the Hague and detailed instructions on how to leave the Netherlands or report you move abroad there.
Cancel registration with other services
While arranging your moving, there are many other places where you have to deregister.
- Bank account
You should also close your Dutch bank account, unless it can be paired with a Dutch address.
- Terminate rental contract
Contact your housing agency to terminate your rental contract
- Cancel utility services
(gas, water, light, cable, internet).
- Collect medical record
If you have been visiting the doctor and the dentist it is advisable to collect your medical records.
- Telephone provider
Notify your telephone provider and cancel your phone contracts.
- Post address
To receive your post, notify the post office about your change of address.
- Return your Dutch residence document
If you are non-EU/EEA or Swiss national then you must return your residence (IND) card. Your HR officer can advise you.