Netherlands Embassy in Seoul, South Korea

Living abroad with dual nationality

I have another nationality in addition to my Dutch nationality. Will I lose my Dutch nationality if I live abroad?

NB: The information below does not apply to persons who have only Dutch nationality and live abroad.

Following the amendment of the Netherlands Nationality Act which entered into force on 1 April 2003, Dutch citizens with dual nationality may lose their Dutch nationality if they reside outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands and outside the European Union for a long period. Their place of birth is irrelevant in this event.

If you hold the same foreign nationality alongside Dutch nationality for ten years, and you are resident outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the European Union for ten years, you will lose your Dutch nationality.

In the case of Dutch citizens who possessed dual nationality on 1 April 2003 and who were then resident outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the European Union, the ten-year period started on 1 April 2003.

You can ensure that you retain your Dutch nationality by:

  • having your principal residence in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or the European Union for at least one year; or
  • applying for a Dutch passport or proof of Dutch nationality before 1 April 2013, i.e. before the end of the ten-year period. A new ten-year period starts on the day you are issued with a passport or proof of Dutch nationality.