International secondment

If you are going to perform outside the Netherlands

As a performing artist, you may sometimes work outside the Netherlands. If you live in the Netherlands, you will usually remain covered under Dutch social insurance - e.g. for AOW pension, child benefit and incapacity for work - while performing abroad. 

You will continue to be insured in the Netherlands if:                                 

  • you are employed by a Dutch employer who pays social insurance contributions for you to the Dutch Tax Administration (Belastingdienst), or
  • you are a self-employed performing artist and pay social insurance contributions to the Tax Administration yourself; 

 and

  • you are a national of a country of the European Union (EU) or a country with which the Netherlands has concluded a social security agreement, or you have a residence permit which allows you to work in the Netherlands
  • you are going to perform in an EU country or a country with which the Netherlands has a social security agreement

With an A1/certificate of coverage, you avoid having to pay contributions twice

Clients will often ask for proof that you are insured in the Netherlands. You can prove this by means of anA1/certificate of coverage. Having this certificate means that your client is not allowed to deduct social insurance contributions from your fee, because you are insured in the Netherlands. In some cases, you will not be allowed to perform outside the Netherlands without an A1/certificate of coverage.