Corona measures and sector plans
The final corona measures were removed in spring 2022. This includes the rules related to wearing face masks, also at Dutch airports. However, basic recommendations still apply, such as testing if you have possible corona symptoms, and self-isolating if you test positive.
In the event of an upsurge of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands, the government hopes to keep society open for as long as possible. Learn more about the government’s corona plan and what your business can do to minimise the spread of the virus.
Business leaders from various sectors and the Dutch government have drawn up sector plans, that define a phased set of corona measures specific to each sector. The government announced on 16 September 2022 that these concept plans are now made into definitive maatregelenladders, plans that specify measures to be taken in each phase of a new coronavirus outbreak. These plans can be put into action if and when needed.
You can read all the available sector plans (in Dutch) on the VNO-NCW website.
Read the Rijksoverheid.nl press release (in Dutch).
Which advice is still in place?
Corona is still circulating in the Netherlands but many people suffer only mild symptoms. To keep the infection rate within bounds, the basic advice includes:
- Wash your hands often.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
- Do you have symptoms that could be corona? Stay at home and take a self-test. If you test positive, isolate for a minimum of 5 days.
- Ventilate indoor areas well.
Read all the basic rules on Government.nl.
Testing for Access (1G) no longer required at events
Visitors no longer have to show a negative test result. Testing for Access (1G) is not required anymore at any event, large or small.
Corona support: financial measures
Most corona financial support measures are closed, but there is still some support for specific sectors and situations. Read more on the page Corona support for entrepreneurs.
The application period for the special extension of payment for most taxes ended on 31 March 2022. As of 1 April, you have to pay your taxes in time again. You can come to a payment settlement with the Dutch Tax Administration.
Call the Tax Information Line
Since much of the information on the Dutch Tax Administration website is only available in Dutch, it would be wise to consult the Tax Information Line if Dutch is not your first language. The number for resident entrepreneurs is +31 (0)800 0543; non-residents can call +31(0)55 538 53 85.
Or ask someone - your accountant, for instance - to help you.
Repaying corona support
Did you receive financial corona support? For some measures, such as the NOW, you have to file a final turnover statement for every 3-month period over which you received support. You may have to repay part of the support money received. Or do you have a tax debt, because you were granted a special extension?
Read more about repaying corona support: what you need to know and do.
Working from home and advice for working on location
You and your employees may work on location again. You no longer need to keep 1.5 metres' distance on the workfloor. The government urges employers to make it possible for their staff to work from home, for example for employees who worry about their health. For employees who have symptoms, the advice remains: stay at home, and take a corona self-test.
Read more advice for working from home and on location.
Corona rules for travel
Do you need to travel abroad for your work, or do you organise travel? The international QR-code remains mandatory for many countries. You can find the international QR-code in the CoronaCheck app, should your destination country require a Digital COVID Certificate. Additional rules can apply in your destination country, for example testing or isolating upon entry.
View the up-to-date corona rules per country on Netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Returning to the Netherlands
As of 17 September 2022, the Netherlands has lifted the EU entry ban. This means that no Covid-related restrictions or requirements apply for travelling into the Netherlands, regardless of where you travel from. Read the Government.nl article on Travelling to the Netherlands from abroad for detailed information.
Information and advice
You can turn to these organisations for further information and advice:
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVMNational information phone: 0800-1351 (from abroad dial +312 0205 1351)
Government.nlTackling new coronavirus in the Netherlands
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) CoronaloketAdvice and information for entrepreneurs Call the KVK Advice Team: 0800 2117, open Mon-Fri from 8:30-17:00 hours. From abroad: +31 (0)88 585 2222.
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)Coronavirus: information on measures and international trade
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)
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