How to report sick

Of course it is important to stay at home if you are sick. Follow the rules on protecting your health and the health of others in the country where you live. How to report sick will depend on your situation. Always notify your employer as soon as possible. 

First, let your employer know that you are sick, and then inform the Institute for Employee Benefit Schemes (UWV). You should contact the UWV by telephone within 2 days after reporting sick to your employer. Give the UWV the following information: 

  • the health insurance fund (mutualiteit) you are registered with
  • your Belgian identification number (rijksregisternummer)
  • the name of your employer

You can call the UWV on 088 898 9294. Contact will be more difficult than usual because of the coronavirus measures. You can also let them know that you have reported sick via Mijn Berichten at Mijn UWV. Mijn UWV is your secure, personal area. Use your DigiD to log in.

A UWV doctor in the Netherlands will check your report of sickness. Normally, the doctor can also ask you to go for a medical assessment at one of the UWV offices. This is not possible at the moment because of the coronavirus measures. Instead, the doctor may phone you to get an idea of your complaints and make a diagnosis. The UWV doctor will send the results of the assessment to the doctor at your health insurance fund (mutualiteit). You will receive a doctor’s statement that you must post or email to your employer.

As soon as you are better and able to work again, let your employer know. You must also inform the UWV.

First, let your employer know that you are sick, and then inform the Institute for Employee Benefit Schemes (UWV). You should contact the UWV by telephone within 2 days after reporting sick to your employer. Give the UWV the following information:

  • the health insurance fund (Krankenkasse) you are registered with
  • your German identification number (national insurance number)
  • the name of your employer

You can call the UWV on 088 898 9294. Contact will be more difficult than usual because of the coronavirus measures. You can also let them know that you have reported sick via Mijn Berichten at Mijn UWV. Mijn UWV is your secure, personal area. Use your DigiD to log in.

If your employer asks for a statement from your doctor, this will not be possible because doctors in the Netherlands do not follow the same procedure as in Germany and do not issue these statements. Instead, tell your employer that you have to register as being sick with the Dutch Institute for Employee Benefit Schemes (UWV) and that the UWV will confirm this. However, UWV confirmation will take longer than usual because of the coronavirus measures.

A UWV doctor in the Netherlands will check your report of sickness. Normally, the doctor can also ask you to go for a medical assessment at one of the UWV offices. This is not possible at the moment because of the coronavirus measures. Instead, the doctor may phone you to get an idea of your complaints and make a diagnosis. The UWV doctor will send the results of the assessment to the doctor at your health insurance fund (mutualiteit). You will receive a doctor’s statement that you must post or email to your employer.

As soon as you are better and able to work again, let your employer know. You must also inform the UWV.

You must report sick to your employer or the UWV (telephone 0031 88 898 2001) within 2 days. Get a statement from your doctor about your illness (getuigschrift) and send it to your employer or the UWV. For patients with symptoms of coronavirus, the procedure for getting a doctor’s statement is different.

  • Your doctor will determine whether you might have coronavirus over the telephone.
  • You should send a blank form for a doctor’s statement (‘getuigschrift’; each health insurance fund has its own form) to your doctor by email.
  • First, the doctor fills in the form and sends it back to you as a PDF file
  • Then you send the doctor’s statement by post or email to your employer, and to your health insurance fund (mutualiteit)

The company doctor or your company’s occupational safety and health service (arbodienst) or the UWV can ask your health insurance fund for a medical assessment. Normally, one of their medical advisers can ask you to come in for an assessment. This is not possible at the moment because of the coronavirus measures. Instead, the medical adviser may call you by telephone. If you have or suspect you have the coronavirus, any assessment by your employer, your company’s occupational safety and health service or the UWV will have to be done over the telephone. 

As soon as you are better and able to work again, let your employer know. If you are receiving a benefit from the UWV, you must inform the UWV as well.

You must report sick to your employer or the UWV (telephone 0031 88 898 2001) within 2 days. Contact with the UWV will be more difficult than usual because of the coronavirus measures. You can also let them know that you have reported sick via Mijn Berichten at Mijn UWV. Mijn UWV is your secure, personal area. You can log in using your DigiD or your Personalausweis mit Online-Ausweisfunktion. Get a statement from your doctor about your illness and send it to your employer or the UWV. 

For patients with symptoms of coronavirus, the procedure for getting a doctor’s statement is different. 

  • Your doctor will determine whether you might have coronavirus over the telephone. 
  • You will then receive a statement (Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung) by post which is valid for up to 2 weeks.
  • You must send a copy of the statement to your employer and the Krankenkasse.

If your doctor has good reason to believe that you have the coronavirus, you will receive information on where to get tested. If necessary, you will receive a referral with your doctor’s statement. Your doctor will also inform the German Gesundheitsamt (health service).

The company doctor or your company’s occupational safety and health service (arbodienst) or the UWV can ask your Krankenkasse for a medical assessment. Normally, one of their medical advisers can ask you to come in for an assessment. This is not possible at the moment because of the coronavirus measures. Instead, the medical adviser may call you by telephone. If you have or suspect you have the coronavirus, any assessment by your employer, your company’s occupational safety and health service or the UWV will have to be done over the telephone.

As soon as you are better and able to work again, let your employer know. If you are receiving a benefit from the UWV, you must inform the UWV as well.