Repatriation and Departure Service

The Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V) supervises the actual departure of foreign nationals who are not entitled to remain in the Netherlands. As the agency in charge of implementing the government’s return policy, the DT&V takes steps to ensure that departures are carried out diligently, maintaining the foreign national’s dignity, and in a timely fashion.

What can the Repatriation and Departure Service do to help?

The DT&V works at the level of the individual, especially where vulnerable groups such as victims of human trafficking are concerned. By building a personal relationship with the foreign national and consulting with chain partners, the DT&V team member is able to assess how departure can be realised, preferably independently.

If a victim of human trafficking with or without lawful residence status wishes to leave the Netherlands but does not have the correct travel documents, the DT&V is able to provide assistance in obtaining such documents. If any individuals themselves have not succeeded in obtaining a travel document required for return at their embassy or consulate, the DT&V is authorised to intervene on behalf of the foreign national. In order to initiate this process, the foreign national must submit a mediation request to the DT&V; for which, also see

In general, it will have been established whether a foreign national is a victim of human trafficking well before they are referred to the Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V). Nevertheless, the coordinator must remain alert to any signals from the foreign national in question, or from third parties, that could indicate their being a victim of human trafficking. If someone is suspected of being a victim of human trafficking, that individual is informed about the Residence Scheme for Victims of Human Trafficking.

How do I get in touch with the Repatriation and Departure Service?

To contact the DT&V, please send an email to For more information, please visit

Services provided by the DT&V

  • Assistance when returning to country of origin
  • Practical support