Frequently asked questions

Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have introduced a range of restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. If you are a cross-border commuter between the Netherlands and Belgium or Germany, see 'Frequently asked questions’ (FAQ).

Yes, you can cross the border, but only if you can show that you do not have COVID-19. You can travel to another country in the European Union (EU) to work or study as long as you follow the coronavirus rules in your own country and the country where you work or study.

You must tell your employer that you are sick as soon as possible. What you have to do next will depend on your situation. You should follow the healthcare rules of the country where you live.

No, nothing will change for you. If you normally work across the border in the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, working from home between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2022 will not affect your social insurance. You do not have to take any action.

Most people will continue to receive some or all of their wages while they are sick. If this is not the case for you, you can apply for a benefit.

Under European law, you will be a ‘fully unemployed cross-border worker’ and entitled to a benefit from the country where you live.