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Disease carrier allowance and travel allowance for individuals with sole proprietorship

If you are unable to look for work because you are – or may be – infected with a disease that is considered a public health hazard, you may receive disease carrier allowance. You may also be entitled to reimbursement for travel that is required in connection with medical examinations and such.

Am I eligible for disease carrier allowance?

You may be eligible for disease carrier allowance if you have to refrain from work and lose income for any of the following reasons:

  • A doctor has decided that you are not allowed to look for work because you are – or may be – infected with a disease that is considered a public health hazard.
  • You need to visit a doctor to determine whether you have an infectious disease.
  • You have an illness, infection, wound or other injury that means you are not allowed to handle food.

You must have a doctor’s certificate showing that you are not allowed to look for work due to the risk of infection.

If the disease prevents you from working

Disease carrier allowance is paid to individuals who are able to work, but are not allowed to do so due to a risk of infecting others. If you are not able to work, you may be entitled to sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan.

Can I receive travel allowance because I am a disease carrier?

If you have or are likely to have been infected with a disease considered a public health hazard, you can be reimbursed for trips you need to make to get medical examinations, checks or treatments.

When you apply, you need to submit:

  • receipts for your travel expenses
  • receipts showing that the trips were related to a disease that is considered a public health hazard under the Communicable Diseases Act.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the disease carrier benefit up to the date when you submit the application, but no longer than that.

Many people are applying for the disease carrier’s benefit pay at the moment. In order to speed up the processing of your application, it is good if you apply for the entire period once you have returned to work.

1. Apply

2. Submit the doctor's certificate or receipts

Along with your application, you must submit a certificate indicating that you are not allowed to work or search for a job because you have or are suspected of having an infectious disease. The certificate will be provided by your doctor.

3. Disbursement

Normally it takes 30 days for us to process your application. It could take longer if we require more information. The disbursement is not paid on a fixed date. It is instead paid once we have completed the processing work.

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