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

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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.

New corona measures from 28 November

From 28 November, stricter corona measures apply for at least 3 weeks. These include:

  • An evening lockdown will be instated. This means that all non-essential shops, restaurants, cafés, cultural institutions, cinemas, and museums must close their doors between 17:00 and 05:00 hours. This also applies to contact professionals, including hairdressers, nail stylists, beauty salons, and sex workers. And to indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
  • Takeaway and delivery of food and drink remains possible past 17:00 hours.
  • Essential shops, including supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, and drug stores, can remain open until 20:00 hours.
  • Essential service providers, including medical contact professionals, notary or lawyer, and mortgage broker, can keep their regular opening hours.
  • For all public indoor spaces, a maximum of 1 person per 5 m2 will be allowed. This applies with and without a mandatory corona entry pass.
  • All venues that require a corona entry pass for access, will also need to facilitate and enforce 1.5 metres distance. Face masks will still be mandatory when visitors move through the space.
  • Events can have a maximum of 1,250 visitors. All events must be seated, with 1.5 metres distance. Face masks are mandatory when moving through the space.
  • Schools will remain open, but face masks will be mandatory in the hallways for students from the 6th grade in primary school and up.
  • Sports sessions outdoors may take place after 17:00 hours, with a maximum of 4 people (not counting instructors) and only at the mandatory distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Training and matches for professional athletes may continue in the evening.
  • Access to the public indoor areas of sports venues, including sport canteens, dressing rooms, toilets for everyone aged 18 years requires a corona entry pass.

See the article for the complete list.

The following corona measures remain in place:

  • The corona entry pass (the CoronaCheck app) applies to gyms, swimming pools, casinos, theatres, cinemas, and locations with a flow of people such as museums and monuments. Also outside seating areas at bars and restaurants.
  • No spectators are allowed at sports matches, professional or amateur.

Long-term policy

The stricter measures will take effect for at least 3 weeks. On 14 December, the government will announce which further measures will be taken to slow down the spread of coronavirus: the long-term policy.

Please consult the relevant articles for specific information on what applies to your business:

Corona support: financial measures

Most financial support measures ended per 1 October, but some have been extended until end 2021. However, the government has announced financial support measures to compensate entrepreneurs who are affected by the stricter rules from 13 November onward. For more information on these and other support measures now in place, see the article Corona support for entrepreneurs after 1 October 2021.

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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. Are you not sure if you need to repay? Or do you want to find out about the repayment schemes? Read the article Repaying corona support: what you need to know and do.

Credits and guarantees

  • BMKB-C: until 31 December 2021, the SME credit guarantee (BMKB) scheme helps SMEs that are affected by the coronavirus secure bank guarantees and bridge financing.
  • BL-C: For agricultural entrepreneurs, the equivalent of the BMKB-C is the Credit Guarantee scheme for Agriculture (BL-C).
  • GO: The Business loan guarantee scheme (GO) runs until 31 december 2021.
  • Small Credits for Corona Guarantee Scheme (KKC): SMEs with relatively small financial needs may be eligible for a bridging loan of up to €50,000 under the Small Credits for Corona Guarantee Scheme (Klein Krediet Corona garantieregeling or KKC). This credit measure runs until 31 december 2021.
  • Microcredit: Entrepreneurs who have a loan from microcredit provider Qredits do not have to repay their loan for a period of 6 months. During this period, the interest is reduced to 2%.
  • Re-launch credit for SMEs (TOA): SMEs in financial difficulties that are making use of the WHOA can apply for TOA credit to help them get back on their feet after the corona crisis.
  • Growth Facility Scheme: The intended phasing out of the Growth Facility Scheme has been extended to 15 juni 2023.
  • DTIF: The Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF) has been extended to include pre-delivery advances. This extra package is on offer until the end of 2021.

Tax measures

From 1 October 2021, you can no longer apply for the special extension of tax payments. You will have to start paying your taxes regularly again. However, if you were granted a special extension before 1 October, and are able to prove that it is impossible for you to start paying your taxes on time, you can apply for a temporary additional concession (in Dutch).
If you were granted a special tax payment extension, you have to start paying these taxes from 1 October 2022. You have 60 months to pay. Of course, if you want to start paying sooner, that is possible.
Read more about the measures taken by the Dutch Tax Administration.

Call the Tax Information Line

Since most of the information on the tax options offered to entrepreneurs during the coronavirus crisis 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.

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

General health measures

  • People are urgently advised to work from home, and to keep a safe distance from each other when working on site.
  • Work places must be ventilated properly.
  • Wearing face masks is mandatory in all indoor public places when not seated. In public transport face masks must remain on while seated as well.
  • Everyone in the Netherlands who has symptoms of COVID-19 can apply for a test. If you or one of your employees starts having complaints that correspond with the coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and apply for a test. If you test positive, aid the GGD with their contact tracing.
  • If you travel to the Netherlands from a high-risk country, you likely do not need to self-isolate if you are fully vaccinated. Read the checklist for detailed information.
    Please note: There is currently a flight ban from some countries in Southern Africa, due to the omikron variant of corona. If you enter the Netherlands from those countries, additonal measures do apply, including self-isolation. Read more about the flight ban.
  • The government no longer advises against travel to countries with a low infection rate. Countries with code green or yellow can be travelled to for recreation. For countries with code red a negative travel advice remains in force. Travel advice can be found here.

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

Business and work

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK) Coronaloket

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

Inspectorate SZW

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
Tax and Customs Administration, Belastingdienst