I want to move back to the Netherlands from the UK. What do I need to arrange?

Find out below what you need to arrange in relation to your home, job and family if you decide to move back to the Netherlands from the UK.

Read this information in Dutch.

Before leaving the UK for the Netherlands

I am a Dutch national; can I move to the Netherlands?

Are you a Dutch national or a national of another EU member state wishing to move to the Netherlands? If you hold a Dutch passport or the passport of another EU member state, you can live and work in the Netherlands. Find out which countries are European Union member states (in Dutch).

Passport in the event of Brexit (deal and no deal)

Do you have a UK passport? In the event of the UK leaving the EU with a deal, UK passports will continue to be considered EU passports during the transition period. This period will run until 31 December 2020, but could be extended.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will no longer be treated as an EU member state from the date on which it leaves.

I no longer have Dutch nationality; can I move to the Netherlands?

If you lost your Dutch nationality while living in the UK or if you lost the nationality of another EU member state, you will need a residence permit  to move to the Netherlands. Find out if you need a residence permit for the Netherlands (in Dutch).

Do you wish to regain your Dutch nationality? Find out more about regaining Dutch nationality (in Dutch) on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

If your partner and children are Dutch nationals

If your partner and children are Dutch nationals or nationals of another EU member state they can live, work and study in the Netherlands freely.

If your partner and children are not Dutch nationals

If your partner and children are not Dutch nationals and not nationals of another EU member state, they can move to the Netherlands under certain conditions. They will need to apply for a residence permit once they are in the Netherlands. Several requirements must be met in order to obtain a residence permit. Your child, for instance, must live with you in the Netherlands and be registered at your address. You can apply for a residence permit via the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Benefits

If you receive social security benefits in the UK (for example, incapacity benefit, unemployment benefit or disablement benefit), contact the organisation that pays your benefit and check whether you are entitled to receive the benefit in the Netherlands. Ask the organisation what you need to arrange.

Bringing UK documents to the Netherlands

If you move to the Netherlands from the UK, you should bring documents relating to your employment, residence status and insurance policies over the past 5 years. Examples include:

  • Payslips and/or annual salary statements;
  • Proof you have lived in the UK (such as a utility or council tax bill, or a registration certificate from the police if you have one).
  • Current insurance policies that would also be valid in the Netherlands (this depends on your insurance policy conditions);
  • Income tax documents.

Will my UK documents be valid in the Netherlands?

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the Dutch authorities will continue to recognise official documents from the UK during the transition period. This period will run until 31 December 2020, but could be extended.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you will first need to have official UK documents legalised by the UK authorities. Only then will documents like birth certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates be valid for use in the Netherlands. You can find out where you can have UK documents legalised and how much it will cost on the UK government website. Find out more about legalising UK documents for the Netherlands on netherlandsandyou.nl.

Arranging housing

Before you move, you must arrange your own accommodation. The Dutch government will not arrange this for you. If you are unable to buy or rent a house in the private sector, you can register for social housing. If you find rental housing, you may be entitled to government housing benefit (in Dutch).

Registering as someone looking for housing

You can register as someone looking for housing while you are still abroad. You can register with the housing department of the municipality where you wish to live and with housing associations. Bear in mind that the wait for social housing is almost always several years. In the meantime, you can rent housing via the private sector or a housing association. Another option may be to stay with friends or family.

Importing household effects into the Netherlands

If you would like to move to the Netherlands and bring furniture and other household effects with you, you won’t have to declare them to Customs while the UK is still a member of the EU. This is because, within the EU, free movement of goods applies. Find out more about what you need to consider when moving to the Netherlands from an EU member state on the Tax and Customs Administration website.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, these rules will continue to apply during the transition period. This period will run until 31 December 2020, but could be extended.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the rules for moving to the Netherlands from a non-EU country will apply from the date the UK leaves. You can find the rules for moving to the Netherlands from a non-EU country on the Tax and Customs Administration website.

Arranging work in The Netherlands

You should look for work before you move to the Netherlands, so you have an income once you arrive. The Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) can provide support with looking for work and applying for jobs. You can find more information on looking for work and applying for jobs (in Dutch) on werk.nl.

After you move from the UK to the Netherlands

Registration in the Personal Records Database (BRP)

If you are planning to live in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you must register as a resident in the Personal Records Database (BRP). You must register within 5 days of arriving in the Netherlands (in Dutch).

Taking out health insurance

You must take out health insurance with a Dutch insurer. This is mandatory for all residents of the Netherlands aged 18 or over. You must take out health insurance within 4 months of arriving in the Netherlands. You are free to choose your insurer and insurance package. Find out how health insurance works in the Netherlands.

Applying for a DigiD

More and more government organisations are providing access to their services via the DigiD identity management platform. You can apply for a DigiD via the DigiD website. Applying for a DigiD is not mandatory. If you don’t have a DigiD and don’t wish to apply for one, contact the relevant government organisation to find out how you can manage your affairs in some other way. If you are a Dutch national, you can also apply for a DigiD from outside the Netherlands (in Dutch)

Tax issues when moving to the Netherlands

You can find more information about tax-related issues when moving to the Netherlands on the Tax and Customs Administration website.

UK pension, Dutch state pension (AOW) and other pensions

  • UK pension: To find out what will happen to your UK pension, you should contact your UK pension provider.
  • Dutch state pension: If you receive a Dutch state pension (AOW), moving to the Netherlands will not affect the amount you receive. If you do not yet receive a Dutch state pension (AOW), the size of your future pension will depend on the number of years that you have been insured for AOW and whether you live alone or with a partner. More information on the Dutch state pension is available (in Dutch) on the website of the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) .
  • Other Dutch pension: If you receive a Dutch pension from a pension fund or insurer, moving to the Netherlands will not affect the size of this pension. If you have any questions about your pension, contact your pension fund or insurer. You can find an overview of your pension(s) on mijnpensioenoverzicht.nl (in Dutch).

Driving on a UK driving licence

If you have a UK driving licence, you can normally continue to drive on this licence for a certain amount of time. Check the website of the Road Transport Agency (RDW) to find out what possibilities exist for driving on a foreign driving licence after moving to the Netherlands (in Dutch).

Registering your child with a school

If you are moving to the Netherlands with children, bear in mind that all children aged 5 to 16 who live in the Netherlands are considered to be of compulsory school age. If your child has not yet obtained a basic qualification, they are considered to be of compulsory school age until they turn 18.

In the Netherlands, a basic qualification can be a senior general secondary education (HAVO) or pre-university education (VWO) certificate or a secondary vocational education (MBO) qualification at level two or higher. Equivalent UK qualifications include GCSEs and some vocational qualifications. You must register any children of compulsory school age with a school. You can find out more about how to register your children from the school you want them to go to. The municipality in which you intend to live can also provide you with more information. The website ‘Ouders en Onderwijs’ provides more information (in Dutch) about choosing a school and registering your children.