Update COVID-19 and cross-border employment: agreement with Germany extended


We refer to our newsflash of 28 August 2020 in which we announced the extension of the international agreements regarding a mutual “force majeure tolerance” for cross-border workers in relation to COVID-19 (travel) restrictions concluded between Belgium and Luxembourg/the Netherlands until 31 December 2020. As anticipated, a similar extension is now announced for the agreement concluded between Belgium and Germany in this respect. 

We mentioned in our newsflash of 12 May 2020, that the tolerance agreed between Belgium and Germany applies retroactively as from 11 March until 31 May 2020 but that it could be extended if the competent authorities of both countries timely decide to do so. In our newsflash of 2 June 2020 we announced that the agreement with Germany was extended until 30 June 2020 and once more extended until 31 August 2020 (see our newsflash of 29 June 2020). The competent authorities of Germany and Belgium have now agreed to further extend the agreement until 31 December 2020.

Until further notice, no further extension has been announced yet with regard to the agreement concluded between Belgium and France. However, we anticipate that also here a further extension will become applicable.

We will follow-up on any further developments in this respect.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sandrine Schaumont or Philip Maertens.