If you live outside the Netherlands

If you start living outside the Netherlands, your insurance under the Wlz scheme will probably stop. If you stay outside the Netherlands for a short time, for example, for a holiday, you will continue to be insured.

If you are living in the Netherlands now, or if you are moving to the Netherlands in the near future, go to the page ‘If you live in the Netherlands’.

Choose the option that best describes your situation

If you are leaving the Netherlands temporarily, for example, to go travelling or on a round-the-world trip, you will probably remain insured under the Wlz scheme.

If you are away from the Netherlands for long periods of time, it is not always clear if you can still be regarded as living in the Netherlands. To determine whether you still live in the Netherlands, and whether you are still insured under the Wlz scheme, we look to see in which country:

  • you spend most of the year
  • you work
  • you have a house of your own
  • your family is living
  • you have registered as being resident

We take all these factors into account to determine which country you live in. If we determine that you cannot be regarded as living in the Netherlands, you will probably no longer be insured under the Wlz scheme.

You will not, or no longer, be insured under the Wlz scheme if you:

  • live outside the Netherlands, or
  • move from the Netherlands to live in another country

Even if you are still registered at an address in the Netherlands, or you still own a home in the Netherlands, your insurance under the Wlz scheme will stop.

However, if you live outside the Netherlands but you work in the Netherlands, you may still be insured under the Wlz scheme.