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Disease carrier’s benefit 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’s benefit. You may also be entitled to reimbursement for travel that is required in connection with medical examinations and such.

Temporary suspension of the requirement for a doctor’s certificate for disease carrier’s benefit in the event of Covid-19

The government has decided to temporarily suspend the requirement for a doctor’s certificate for applications for the Covid-19 disease carrier’s benefit. This applies from 6 February until 30 April 2021. It is still required that a doctor has decided to suspend the employee from working, according to the Communicable Diseases Act, in order for you to be entitled to the compensation. In the application you state the period for which you are suspended from work.

The exemption from a doctor’s certificate applies when you apply for the disease carrier’s benefit for days from 6 February 2021.

If your application is valid for days before February 6, 2021, or another illness that is a public health hazard, you still need a doctor’s certificate from the first day showing that you are not allowed to work because of the risk of infecting others.

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Am I eligible for disease carrier’s benefit?

You may be eligible for disease carrier’s benefit 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 you live with someone infected with Covid-19

The Public Health Agency of Sweden’s new recommendations mean that people living with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 should be considered as possible cases of illness, and are as a rule subject to rules of conduct. For example, the rules might be that you are not allowed go to work. If you are not allowed to go to work and are not able to work from home, you can apply for a disease carrier’s benefit from Försäkringskassan. Keep in mind that it is required that a doctor has made the decision on suspension from work, i.e. given you rules of conduct that you are not allowed to go to work, in order for you to be entitled to the benefit. In the application you state the period for which you have been suspended and have not worked.

What applies in the regions?

Read more on 1177.se to see what applies in the region where you live.

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If the disease prevents you from working

Disease carrier’s benefit 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 on My pages (Mina sidor)

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2. Submit the doctor's certificate

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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