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The coronavirus and your company: Dutch government measures to help businesses

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK | | Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

The coronavirus COVID-19, and the measures taken to restrict the spreading of the coronavirus in the Netherlands, mean significant loss of turnover for many businesses. This article lists the measures the Dutch government is taking to help entrepreneurs affected by the crisis. Check this page regularly for updates.

Financial aid

  • NOW2: Employers with more than 20% turnover loss can apply for the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW,Tijdelijke Noodmaatregel Overbrugging voor Werkbehoud) to receive up to 90% compensation of their employees' wages over the months June through September. NOW1, for the months April through June, is now closed.
  • Tozo2: Self-employed professionals can apply for Tozo2, the temporary benefit to bridge the loss of income over the months June through September in the municipality where they live. Check with your municipality when you can apply.
  • TVL: The Reimbursement Fixed Costs Scheme for SMEs aims to compensate SMEs in selected sectorsExternal link for fixed costs other than wage costs, and replaces the TOGS measure, that closed on 26 June. Application is possible from 30 June through 30 October.
  • TOFA: The Temporary Bridging measure for Flex Workers or TOFA compensates flex workers that have been laid off after 1 March due to the corona crisis, and who cannot claim benefits. Application at the UWV. The TOFA opened on 22 June.
  • Extra support for the cultural sector: The government has allotted €300 million to providing extra support for cultural organisations and events.
  • SET: Caregivers can apply for the special corona-related Incentive scheme eHealth at Home: SET COVID-19 2.0. The available funds are for care providers who invest in a structural setup for digital care. The scheme runs from 27 July - 30 November (unless funds run out sooner).

Help for employers

  • Read the article Employer during the corona crisis to find out what you can and must do to keep the workplace safe.
  • NL Werkt Door: From 1 July, employers can access the NLWerktDoor!External link (The Netherlands keeps on working) website. This platform is a place where businesses can offer or look for temporary employees on loan. The scheme was set up by the Employee Insurance Agency UWV, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, several municipalities, employers, and trade unions.

Credits and guarantees

Expected measures

These measures have been announced, but have not yet been fully worked out or launched. Check this page regularly for changes.

  • Compensation for legal aid: Legal aid lawyers, mediators and curators who experience more than 20% income loss due to the corona crisis will receive additional compensation.
  • NL Leert Door: The government is launching a temporary support scheme NL Leert Door for the career development and training of anyone, working or not, from age 18 to retirement. On the hoewerktnederland.nlExternal link website, you will be able to find free online courses and self-development advice. The scheme opens on 1 August 2020.

Expired measures:

Tax options for entrepreneurs

The Dutch Tax Administration has taken several measures to help entrepreneurs. Are you having difficulty repaying taxes or bank loans? There are also possibilities for payment and tax and loan repayment extensions.

Call the Tax Information Line

Since the information on the tax options offered to entrepreneurs during the coronavirus crisis is mostly only available in Dutch, it would be wise to consult the Tax Information Line if Dutch isn't your first language. The number for resident entrepreneurs is +31 (0)800 0543; non-residents can call +31(0)55 538 53 85.

It is also a good idea to ask someone - your accountant, for instance - to help you.

Several municipal and regional taxes have also been extended:


If you need help finding out for which scheme you are eligible, try using one of the following tools:

  • The Measure checkerExternal link: an intreractive pdf by the KVK and that guides you through 5 questions, in English.
  • The Corona CalculatorExternal link: employers organisation VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland have prepared this tool to help you find the schemes you're eligible for, and calculate their impact on your financial position. In Dutch.
  • KrijgiktozoExternal link: a tool to see if you are eligible for the temporary benefit for self-employed professionals Tozo. In Dutch.
  • Rekenhulp omzetverliesExternal link (Turnover loss calculator): this tool helps you find if if you qualify for the NOW scheme. In Dutch.

Rules for businesses

There are rules in place for several types of businesses, to which they have to adhere to keep the coronavirus in check. Read this article to find out more about which rules apply to which sector.

Coaching by Entrepreneurs Sounding Board

The Foundation Entrepreneurs Sounding Board (Stichting Ondernemersklankbord, OKB) offers free coaching to SMEs that have been affected by the corona crisis. Read how to apply.
To protect your employees, your clients, and yourself, follow the RIVM adviceExternal link:
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
  • Use paper tissues
  • Don't shake hands
  • Keep at least 6 feet distance from each other

General health measures

  • People are advised to work from home, if possible.
  • Everyone in the Netherlands who has symptoms of COVID-19 can apply for a testExternal link. If you or one of your employees starts having complaints that correspond with the coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and apply for a test.
  • The travel restrictions that are in place for travel into the Netherlands have been lifted for a small number of countries per 1 July (read which ones hereExternal link - in Dutch). For all other non-EEA countries, they remain in place. The restrictions apply to travellers without valid residence permits or visa. An exception to the ban is in place for food, medicine and medical equipment transports. Read the article on The Netherlands and youExternal link for full details on who is and who is not allowed to travel into the Netherlands. Tourists from a number of EU countriesExternal link can holiday in the Netherlands.

Information and advice

You can turn to these organisations for further information and advice:

General health

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM


Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) Coronaloket

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

Travel / immigration /emigration

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

The Netherlands and You

International resources

European Commission

World Health Organization (WHO)

FME, technology sector organisation

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO