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. It may make a difference whether you move this year or after the transition period.

Read this information in Dutch.

Before leaving the UK for the Netherlands

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

If you are a Dutch national or a national of another EU member state, you are allowed to live and work in the Netherlands. Find out which countries are European Union member states (in Dutch).
If you have a UK passport, this will be considered an EU passport during the transition period. The transition period will run until 31 December 2020. After the transition period you will need a residence permit to move to the Netherlands. You can apply for a residence permit on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

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. You can apply for a residence permit on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

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

If your partner and children are Dutch nationals

Are your partner and children Dutch nationals or nationals of another EU member state and do they want to move to the Netherlands? If they have a Dutch passport or a passport from another EU country, they can live, work and study in the Netherlands.

If your partner and children are not Dutch nationals

If your partner and children are not Dutch nationals and are not nationals of another EU member state, they can move to the Netherlands under certain requirements. Your child 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. 

Benefits

If you receive a social security benefit 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.

Bringing UK documents to the Netherlands

When you come to the Netherlands, bring your UK documents from the last 5 years with you. 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.

Are my UK documents valid in the Netherlands?

UK documents are valid in the Netherlands if they were issued before the transition period ends. The transition period will run until 31 December 2020.

You should ask the UK government to legalise any documents issued after that date. 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

You must arrange your own accommodation in the Netherlands. The Dutch government will not do this for you. You can buy a home or rent one in the private sector. If your income is too low, you can register for social housing. You can register with the housing department of the municipality where you wish to live or 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.

If you find rental housing, you may be entitled to government housing benefit (in Dutch).

Importing household effects into the Netherlands

If you want to move to the Netherlands during the transition period and bring furniture and other household effects with you, you don’t have to declare them. The transition period will run until 31 December 2020. 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.

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  valid UK driving licence, you can you can exchange it for a Dutch driving licence during the transition period. You don’t need to retake your driving test. The transition period will run until 31 December 2020..

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.