Could I lose my Dutch nationality by having dual nationality?

If you are a dual national, you can lose your Dutch nationality if you have lived outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands or the European Union for 10 years or longer. The Kingdom of the Netherlands comprises four countries - the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten, and three special municipalities -  Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

Keeping your Dutch nationality

You are entitled to keep your Dutch nationality if you:

  • have lived in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or the European Union for at least one of those 10 years, or
  • always renew your passport, or ID card before it expires or request a Dutch nationality certificate. The expiry date is 10 years after the date on which the document was issued. A new 10-year period starts on the day you receive the passport, ID card or certificate.

Dutch nationality certificate

If you don't need a passport or ID card for anything besides proof of Dutch nationality, it is cheaper to apply for a Dutch nationality certificate .

The certificate costs €30 and you can apply for it at the local embassy or consulate. Please note: you must apply for the certificate before your current passport or ID card expires.