Going abroad: deregistration
Are you moving abroad and do you not have the Belgian nationality? Then deregister at the city office.
When to deregister?
- At the earliest: 1 week before departure
- At the latest: upon arrival abroad
Your deregistration takes effect on the date when you sent your email. Your electronic residence card will be cancelled. Consequently, you can no longer use it to log in to online government services.
Do you still need your valid card for a PCR test or a Covid certificate? In that case, you may also deregister once you have arrived abroad.
How to deregister?
- Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject line of the email: 'deregistration'+ your Belgian national registration number (‘rijksregisternummer’) + surname + given name(s) (as stated on your national identity card or passport)
- Attach the following documents (in PDF format, scanned separately):
- National identity card (front and back) or national passport (biodata page)
- Current residence card (front and back), annex 8/8bis, annex 15 or annex 49
- Mention the following information in the email:
- Reason for the application
- Surname, given name(s) (as stated on your national identity card or passport)
- Address abroad (max. 70 characters, in the format ‘street + house number, postal code + municipality, country’)
- Planned date of departure
- If you are submitting an application for your family, you send a single email. Attach the required documents for all your family members, and mention all their names in your email.
- Only complete files will be processed.