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Infectious disease allowance is available also to workers who are not covered under the Finnish National Health Insurance scheme
EU/EEA or Swiss nationals who are working in Finland may be eligible for the infectious disease allowance even if they do not have coverage under the Finnish National Health Insurance scheme. The infectious disease allowance is available to persons who have been ordered to go into formal quarantine or isolation and cannot work.
Workers who are quarantined or ordered into isolation may be eligible for an infectious disease allowance even if they do not have coverage under the Finnish National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Citizenship of another EU or EEA country or of Switzerland is required to qualify for the allowance. The allowance is available also to persons with low income and to those who have an A1 certificate for posted workers from their country of origin, who should apply for the infectious disease allowance even if they know that they are not covered under the NHI scheme.
Anyone who is not a national of another EU/EEA country or of Switzerland must have NHI coverage to qualify for the infectious disease allowance.
Workers from outside the EU or the EEA, for example Ukraine, may be covered under the Finnish National Health Insurance scheme if they earn at least EUR 726.27 per month while working in Finland or have moved permanently to Finland. In that case, they too can be paid infectious disease allowance as compensation for wages lost due to quarantine.
Kela determines whether the applicant has NHI coverage as part of the application review process.
UK nationals may be eligible for infectious disease allowance even if they do not have NHI coverage provided that they first came to work in Finland before 2021.
The infectious disease allowance is equal to the lost salary
The infectious disease allowance is a compensation for loss of income for persons whom the doctor responsible for infectious disease control has ordered into quarantine or isolation or to stay away from work in order to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.
The allowance is equal to the salary lost during the absence from work. The allowance cannot be paid to the employer if the affected employee is not covered under the NHI scheme.
Applications for infectious disease allowance can be submitted online via Kela’s e-services. They can also be sent by post. Applications must be accompanied by the official order of the doctor in charge of infectious disease control and the employer’s estimate of the lost salary.
Anyone who has not applied for Kela benefits previously must also include a notification of moving to Finland (form Y77e). It can be submitted either through Kela’s e-services or by post.
Updated on 5 March 2021. Added a section outlining the situations in which workers arriving from non-EU/EEA countries can have coverage under the Finnish National Health Insurance scheme.