If you are moving abroad temporarily or permanently from Brussels, you must notify your local authority of your departure at least the day before your departure.
To do this, you need to make an appointment in advance, depending on your local authority of residence, and then go to the appropriate counter, either physical or electronic, to deregister your residence abroad.
The deregistration process is free of charge, and you can obtain a deregistration certificate either immediately or within three days.
This certificate, also known as the Model 8, is needed to register with Belgian diplomatic or consular posts abroad. It is advisable to keep this document in a safe place and to inform yourself of the other administrative formalities required before leaving.
What documents should I enclose?
The documents you need to enclose when applying to have your residence removed from Belgium vary depending on the municipality. As a general rule, you should bring :
- an identity card or residence permit for all members of the household leaving the country
- a national register number
- The exact address abroad
- The duration of the departure (date of departure and return)
Links, forms en documents
Documents and links
There are 19 municipalities in the Brussels-Capital Region. You will find the contact details of these municipalities on this page:
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