Temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak

Temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak is a benefit introduced for a limited period of time to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus epidemic.

Who can get financial assistance

You can receive temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak if you take unpaid leave in one of the following situations:

  • you arrived in Finland from abroad before 14 May 2020 and were placed in conditions equivalent to quarantine
  • between 16 March 2020 and 13 May 2020, you provided care for a child who normally attends early childhood education or school.

In order to get financial assistance, you must have

  • a valid employment relationship in Finland (benefits for self-employed persons)
  • a certificate from your employer concerning your unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Persons arriving in Finland from abroad

If you arrived in Finland from abroad before 14 May 2020, you can get temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak for a maximum of 14 days after arriving in Finland. If you arrived on or after 14 May 2020, the assistance is usually not available.

The Finnish Government has issued guidelines under which persons who arrive in Finland on or after 14 May 2020 must, for a period of 14 days, self-isolate and avoid non-essential close contact. You can travel between home and work while in self-isolation. Temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak is normally not available during self-isolation because it does not require the person undergoing self-isolation to take a leave of absence from their job. Learn more about self-isolation (valtioneuvosto.fi).

If you arrive in Finland to work in healthcare and social welfare, you should agree with your employer on any special work arrangements. If your employer cannot provide a safe work environment and you have to take unpaid leave, you may be entitled to temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak.

Persons staying home to provide care for their child

If you took unpaid leave from work during the coronavirus epidemic to provide child care, you can get temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak between 16 March 2020 and 13 May 2020. After that date, you can no longer receive the assistance because according to the government recommendations and the information from the healthcare authorities, it is no longer necessary for children to be absent from school and early childhood education after 13 May.

The assistance is available if the child normally in Finland

  • attends early childhood education
  • attends pre-school
  • is in the 1st to 3rd year of basic education
  • attends preparatory training prior to starting basic education
  • has been determined to need special support in basic education
  • has been placed in extended compulsory education.

The assistance is available based on child care responsibilities to

  • the child’s parent
  • the child’s guardian
  • the spouse or partner of the child’s parent or guardian who lives in the same household
  • another person responsible for the care and upbringing of the child.

The assistance is available based on child care responsibilities to only one household member at a time. However, persons living in the same household can be paid assistance one after another.

Who cannot get financial assistance

If you have taken unpaid leave to provide child care you cannot get temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak for the period after 13 May 2020. However, an infectious disease allowance, which provides compensation for loss of income, may be available if the physician specialising in infectious diseases in your municipality or hospital district has ordered a child of yours who is under 16 to stay at home in order to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.

You cannot get temporary financial assistance due to an epidemic outbreak if you have registered as an unemployed jobseeker or have been laid off temporarily (furloughed). If you have been laid off temporarily, learn more about how to apply for unemployment benefits.

Self-employed persons are not eligible for financial assistance. However, if you have been in paid employment alongside the self-employment activity and you have taken unpaid leave from the paid employment, you may be entitled to the assistance. If the coronavirus outbreak has had a negative effect on your self-employment activity, read more about temporary unemployment benefits for self-employment persons.

The assistance is also not available if you are on maternity, special maternity, paternity or parental leave or on child care leave. Finally, receiving certain other social benefits prevents you from getting the assistance.

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