Basic social assistance and the costs of obtaining a necessary identity, residence or travel document
Kela may grant basic social assistance for costs associated with obtaining a necessary identity, residence or travel document.
A passport or an identity card with a photo are necessary when running errands (e.g. at the bank). If a passport is obtained only for foreign travel, basic social assistance cannot be granted for the costs for obtaining the passport.
Costs for obtaining a passport or other document that can be accepted under the basic social assistance scheme include:
- application fee
- passport photo
- necessary documentation
- possible travel costs.
Accommodation costs in connection with the obtaining of a passport or document are not taken into account.