Dual nationality

In addition to your Dutch nationality you might have one or more other nationalities. Depending on the situation you might have to choose between your Dutch and other nationality.

Renouncing other nationalities after naturalisation

If you have more than one nationality, it is not always clear what your rights are. For instance, your country of origin may require you to do compulsory military service. The Dutch government wants to limit dual nationality as much as possible. If you have only one nationality, it will be clear what your rights are. That is why people who want to acquire Dutch nationality through naturalisation are, as a rule, required to give up their other nationality if possible. This is called the renunciation requirement.

Loss of Dutch nationality

You might automatically lose your Dutch nationality if you acquire another nationality.

Exceptions to the renunciation requirement

In the following situations you are not required to give up your original nationality.

  • If you automatically lose your original nationality on acquiring Dutch nationality, because this is set out in the nationality law of the country in question. This is the case in Suriname and China, for example.
  • It is up to every country to decide when their nationals lose their nationality. Greek and Iranian nationals, for example, cannot give up their nationality: it is not legally possible. In Morocco giving up your nationality is not accepted in practice.
  • If you are married to a Dutch national, you may keep your own nationality. The same applies in the case of a registered partnership.
  • Refugees who want to be naturalised are allowed to keep their original nationality. This only applies to people who are recognised as refugees in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao or St Maarten. In such cases the Netherlands does not require people to renounce their other nationality. Please note: a country’s nationality law may state that you automatically lose that country’s nationality if you acquire another nationality. If this is the case you will automatically lose that nationality if you acquire Dutch nationality, even if you are married to a Dutch national or have refugee status in the Netherlands and even if the other country’s authorities don’t know that you have acquired Dutch nationality. 

Other nationalities no longer recorded in the personal records database

Since 6 January 2014, second or multiple nationalities are no longer recorded in the Personal Records Database. If you have another nationality besides Dutch nationality, this will no longer be noted when you register.