Last updated: 4 January 2021
Your Dutch business might be severely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 and by subsequent national and international containment measures.
At the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) we hope that you are able to keep relative business continuity in the midst of these challenging circumstances. We recognize that this situation raises many questions for your business and its employees – whether you are already serving the European market from the Netherlands, or contemplating doing so in the future.
Please find below an overview of key websites that provide up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19 related matters in the Netherlands. Additionally, the NFIA team worldwide is here for you. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
General public health & safety information on COVID-19
As of 15 December the Netherlands has gone into its strictest lockdown yet until at least Tuesday 19 January. Information on the new measures and about the effect of COVID-19 on schools, childcare facilities, employees, employers, travel and public transport can be found on the official Government website of the Netherlands.
Latest information on the public health situation, relevant advice and COVID-19 safety measures are available on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
General business information and support measures on COVID-19
On 9 December 2020, the continuation of economic support measures for businesses affected by the corona crisis was announched to Q1 2021. Several existing measures have been extended with new conditions. An overview of these and further measures can be found on the website of the Dutch government, where you can find up-to-date information on support measures for companies in the Netherlands. The website of the Dutch government also guides you to Dutch national organizations which you can turn to for more information and advice. Most common business questions are covered on an FAQ page.
Amongst others, the most noteworthy measures are:
If you have other business questions, for instance concerning staff, events, transport of goods or inventory, call the KVK Advice Team at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce on workdays between 8:30 and 20:00 hours (CET).
Updates on European logistics
The Netherlands plays a vital role in European supply chains, therefore, the Dutch government has identified air and sea freight chains, road transport, as well as food and medical supply chains as vital processes in view of COVID-19.
Our Invest in Holland partner Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC) provides brief updates on the current situation , providing insights how COVID-19 is changing the European distribution system and wat you can do to respond. HIDC remains available for questions about the continued operations of Dutch ports, borders and logistics operations.
Updates on tax options for business affected by COVID-19
To keep your business up and running, it may help if you can get a payment extension from your financer, or a longer period for paying your taxes. The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, other government organisations and financing organisations such as banks and ROMs have measures in place to help you.
The Dutch Tax and Customs Adminstration has implemented a number of measures to help businesses and employers with payment difficulties due to the corona crisis, and to avoid extra costs. This page lists measures for businesses in general and employers in particular, and gives information on the Customs measures for entrepreneurs during the corona crisis.
For more information, we would advise to contact the Dutch Tax Information Line by phone:
Alternatively, you can find an overview of the different measures online (in Dutch only).
Updates on immigration matters
On the page of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) you can find the latest information about the regulations around staying in the Netherlands and renewing and applying for different versions of residence and work permits. Please note that this page is regularly updated. You also find the latest information if and how employees from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland can enter the Netherlands.
Updates on international travel
The Dutch government decided that from 29 December anyone travelling to the Netherlands by train, coach or ship from abroad must have a negative test declaration. From 00:01 on 29 December rail and coach companies offering international public passenger transport will impose this requirement on all passengers. The negative PCR test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours before the passenger’s arrival in the Netherlands. The negative test is an additional requirement and not a substitute for the guideline applying to all passengers to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival. The government continues to urge everyone to refrain from non-essential travel and to comply with the hygiene and quarantine guidelines.
For the latest news on international travel from and to the Netherlands, please follow the travel advice from the Dutch Government and your local authorities. More information on visas to the Netherlands in regards to COVID-19 can be found here.
If you need more information or require urgent assistance, please contact your travel insurer or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
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