About us

About us

Duty-to-return.nl is a joint initiative by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V), the Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI), the Seaport Police and the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (Koninklijke Marechaussee) is responsible for border control at airports and seaports. Persons who want to enter and exit the Schengen area through the Netherlands will cross a border post and will be subject to a border check. The Marechaussee focuses on the inspection of travel documents, among other things. When requested, however, travellers must also be able to prove that they have sufficient means to support themselves. If travellers do not meet the conditions of entry to the Schengen area, they will be refused entry by the Marechaussee.

The Repatriation and Departure Service

The Repatriation and Departure Service (Dienst Terugkeer en Vertrek or DT&V) coordinates the actual departure of foreign nationals who do not have the right of residence in the Netherlands. As a professional party responsible for implementing the government's repatriation policy, the DT&V takes the initiative to ensure that the departure is performed carefully, with dignity and in time. Within the context of the duty to return, the DT&V is responsible for, among other things, applying for replacement travel documents and various investigations. Moreover, the DT&V collects the data, including the costs incurred by the various organisations cooperating in the immigration process (DT&V, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Seaport Police, Custodial Institutions Agency) per foreign national, and provides cost overviews.

Immigration and Naturalisation Service

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst or IND) is responsible for implementing immigration policy in the Netherlands. This means that the IND assesses all applications filed by foreign nationals who want to reside in the Netherlands or want to acquire Dutch citizenship. In the process surrounding the duty to return,  the IND checks and analyses the cost overviews. In doing so, the IND prepares and sends the invoices. If the carrier lodges an application for review, the IND will give a decision on this. If an appeal is lodged, the IND legal representatives will plead in defence of the cooperating organisations. Payment is made to the IND, which will then pass on the payment to the cooperating organisations in accordance with the costs charged per cooperating organisation. The IND receives a maximum amount of 1,200 euro per foreign national for the services provided (administrative costs).

Custodial Institutions Agency

On behalf of the Minister of Justice and Security, the Custodial Institutions Agency (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen or DJI) ensures the enforcement of sentences and the implementation of custodial measures. The DJI places inadmissible foreign nationals in border accommodations. The DJI is charged with keeping these foreign nationals available for departure from the Netherlands.

Seaport Police

At the port of Rotterdam, the Seaport Police is responsible for border control, among other things. The Seaport Police checks all vessels entering or leaving Rotterdam. Foreign nationals who want to enter or exit the Schengen area through the Netherlands can do so by crossing the border post of the Port of Rotterdam and will be subject to a border check. If a foreign national does not meet the conditions of entry to the Schengen area, he or she will be refused entry by the Seaport Police.