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The coronavirus/covid-19 – applicable regulations

October 01, 2021

Due to the coronavirus/covid-19, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency has received questions about the rules for disease carrier allowance, travel allowance, sickness benefit and care of a sick child (vab).

Corona related compensations will not be extended

As of 1st October 2021, several compensations that were introduced during the corona pandemic will end.

The compensations that will end:

  • Compensation for people belonging to an at-risk group
  • Compensation for close relatives of a person belonging to an at-risk group
  • Deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period
  • Compensation for the cost of sick pay.

Other changes:

You have to send in a doctor's certificate on your 15th sick day if you apply for sickness benefit after the 1st October 2021.

You have to send in a doctor's certificate the first day you apply for disease carrier allowance after the 1st October 2021.

If you apply for care for a sick child after 1st October 2021 you have to send in a certificate from a nurse or a doctor if the child has been ill for more than 7 days.

Compensation for parents when schools or pre-schools close due to covid-19 has been extended

The government has decided that parents who have to abstain from work because their child's preschool or school has closed due to covid-19, will be able to apply for compensation until the end of January 2022.

The government has also decided that compensation for parents of children who have recently been seriously ill will be extended until the end of January 2022.

If you are a disease carrier

 

To be eligible for disease carrier allowance, a doctor must have decided that you cannot work because you are or may be infected with a disease that is classified as dangerous to public health and society. The coronavirus /covid-19 is such a disease.

If you live with a person infected by covid-19

The Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has issued new recommendations concerning people who live with someone who has been confirmed to be infected by covid-19. If this applies to you must abide by guidelines and rules concerning the spread of infection.

You will for example have to work from home. If you cannot work from home you can apply for disease carrier allowance from Försäkringskassan. Remember that doctor has to decide that you cannot physically be at your place of work in order for you to receive disease carrier allowance.

If you apply for compensation after 30th September 2021, you need to send in a doctor's certificate. This also applies if you are a carrier of a disease other than covid-19.

You can find out how testing and contact tracing works in the region where you live by logging on to 1177 Vårdguiden.

1177 Vårdguiden (1177.se)external link, opens in new window

How do I apply for disease carrier allowance and travel allowance?

On these webpages you can read about how you apply:

Disease carrier’s benefit for employees

Disease carrier’s benefit for job seekers

Disease carrier’s benefit for individuals with a limited company

Disease carrier’s benefit for individuals with sole proprietorship

If you are studying and are infected with a disease considered a public health hazard

Illness

 

The government has decided to temporarily suspend the deduction from sick pay. This means that you can apply for a retroactive reimbursement for deductions that your employer has made from your sick pay from the 11 th March 2020. This is applicable if you are employed and have had a deduction of sick pay or if you are self-employed and have a deduction of sick pay in the beginning of your sick period.

Your employer will not make a new deduction from sick pay if you fall ill again within 5 days. If you have more than one employer that make deductions from sick pay within 5 calendar days you will only have the right to claim reimbursement for the first deduction from sick pay.

If you are unemployed or on parental leave, you apply for sickness benefit from Försäkringskassan as usual. This is also the case if you do not receive sick pay from your employer. Försäkringskassan will not make a deduction from your sickness benefit.

If you are self-employed and presently on paternal leave, you can apply for reimbursement of deduction from sick pay from day one of your illness.
If you are self-employed you has to wait until the end of your qualifying days before you apply for apply for reimbursement of deduction from sick pay.

If you have limited company you can apply for reimbursement of deduction from sick pay as an employee. Your company will be compensated for paid out sick pay in arrears like all other employers. This will be done via your company tax return where you report the costs of sick pay.

If you receive disease carrier allowance, you will not get a deduction. Therefore you should not apply for reimbursement of deduction from sick pay.

How much will I receive?

If you are employed your reimbursement will be a standard amount of 810 Swedish Krona before tax.

If you are self-employed you will receive 810 Swedish Krona before taxes for each day you are ill during the qualifying period.

How do I apply?

You can apply by logging in to My pages (Mina sidor).


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If you are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor) you can fill in form FK6010 and send it to Försäkringskassan. The form is in Swedish.

6016 Ansök om ersättning för karensPDF

When will I receive my money?

You will receive the money within 5 working days.

When will the disbursement appear on My pages (Mina sidor)?

The disbursement will be shown under Utbetalningar 1 bank day before the money arrives.

Frequently asked questions about deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period, qualifying period, doctor’s certificate and sick pay

information is in Swedish and can be found below:

Om ersättning för karens för dig som är anställd, arbetssökande eller föräldraledig

Om ersättning för karens för dig som är arbetsgivare

Om ersättning för karens för dig som är egenföretagare

Om ersättning för karens för dig som är partner till Försäkringskassan (hälso-sjukvården, företagshälsovården och Arbetsförmedlingen)

 

The government has decided that all employers will receive full compensation for the cost of sick pay stated in their PAYE tax return. Employers pay sick pay to their employees as usual and Försäkringskassan compensates employers through a payment to the employer´s tax account. The government will fully cover employers´ sick-pay costs for April, May, June and July 2020. However, from August 2020 to February 2021, the level of compensation is based on a percentage of the cost. Försäkringskassan will pay the compensation after the last date that an employer should file their monthly PAYE tax return. On the Swedish Tax Authority’s website, you can read which day of the month that you, at the latest, should file your PAYE tax return.

When should I file my tax return? (skatteverket.se, the information is in Swedish)external link, opens in new window

You will receive the compensation a few days after Försäkringskassan has made a its decision.

If you file your PAYE tax return late you will receive the compensation at the end of the month.

This also applies to owners of limited companies that are employed in the company.

Frequently asked questions about deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period, qualifying period, doctor’s certificate and sick pay

The information is in Swedish and can be found below:

Om sjuklönekostnader för dig som är arbetsgivare

Om sjuklönekostnader för dig som är egenföretagare

 

If your first sick day occurred December 15 2020 or later, you have to have a doctor´s certificate from day 22.

If your first sick day occurred before December 15 2020, you need a doctor´s certificate day 15 when you apply for sickness benefit. This applies regardless if you are employed, a job seeker or on parental leave and regardless of what the cause of your illness is.

If you are on part-time sick leave and the extent of your sick leave is being increased, you will still need a doctor’s certificate from day 8.

If you are applying for disease carrier allowance a doctor’s certificate which shows that you cannot work because you are or may be infected with a disease that is classified as dangerous to public health and society (as covid-19) is required from day 1.

Frequently asked questions about deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period, qualifying period, doctor’s certificate and sick pay

The questions and answers are at the moment only in Swedish and can be found below:

Om läkarintyg för dig som är anställd, arbetssökande eller föräldraledig

Om läkarintyg för dig som är arbetsgivare

Om läkarintyg för dig som är egenföretagare

Om läkarintyg för dig som är partner till Försäkringskassan (Hälso-, sjukvården, företagshälsovården och Arbetsförmedlingen)

 

Due to the Corona pandemic, health care and medical treatment can be suspended or delayed. This means that the assessment that Försäkringskassan usually does after day 180 of an individual´s sick leave can be suspended or delayed as well.
Contact Försäkringskassan in order to find out how this affects your situation.

 

If you have been treated for covid-19 in another country within the EU/EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, you can for reimbursement for costs exceeding the patient fee that was applicable in the country where you received treatment.

You have to have been insured for health care in Sweden during the time you received the treatment. The treatment itself must have been available within the public health system in Sweden.

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If you have been vaccinated against covid-19 in another country within the EU/EEA, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, you can also apply for reimbursement. Please note that this only applies if you would have had the opportunity to be vaccinated in Sweden during the time you were vaccinated.

Vaccination against covid-19

You can be vaccinated against covid-19 in Sweden if you are registered (folkbokförd) in Sweden. You can also be vaccinated if you have a European health Insurance Card or a certificate from Försäkringskassan stating that you have the right to health care in Sweden.

You can find information about vaccinations in the region where you live by visiting the 1177 website.

1177 (1177.se)external link, opens in new window

Digital COVID Certificate

Seven days after you have been vaccinated you can down load you digital COVID Certificate. The digital COVID Certificate is valid within the EU. It is also valid in Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. Keep in mind that it is the country you are travelling to that determines what rules apply there. It is your responsibility to check whether or not you fulfil the requirements to be allowed to enter.

You can read more about the digital COVID Certificate on the Swedish eHealth Agency´s (E-hälsomyndighetens) website.

COVID Certificate • E-hälsomyndigheten (ehalsomyndigheten.se)external link, opens in new window

If you or a close relative belong to an at-risk group

 

The government has decided on a temporary benefit for people belonging to an at-risk group of falling seriously ill with covid-19. The benefit is for you who have an employer or are self-employed and who have to refrain from working in order to avoid being infected by the coronavirus that causes covid-19.

The benefit is calculated from a flat amount and you can receive a maximum of 810 Swedish Crowns before taxes per day.

You can receive the benefit for an unlimited amount of days during the period 1st January – 30th June 2021.

You can also apply for the benefit if you are a casual employee (behovsanställd) and have had to cancel work that you previously have booked, due to the risk of infection.

If you are pregnant and do not belong to another at-risk group you can apply for pregnancy benefit. Your employer can stop you from working if there are risks in your work environment and you cannot work from home. Pregnancy alone does not entitle you to the temporary benefit for people belonging to an at-risk group. You can read more about pregnancy benefit in the section ”If you are pregnant” on this page.

When can I receive the benefit?

You can receive the benefit if you:

  • work but have an illness that means that you risk falling seriously ill with covid-19,
  • cannot work from home and your employer can not assign you to other duties or your work situation cannot be adapted to avoid infection and
  • can submit a doctor´s certificate that shows that you belong to an at-risk group for covid-19.

What is an at-risk group?

The government has decided on a number of illnesses that carry a higher risk of falling seriously ill with covid-19 and that gives you a right to receive a benefit. You have to submit a doctor´s certificate that shows that you have such an illness.

How much money will I get?

You can receive a maximum of 810 Swedish Crowns before taxes per day.
You can receive the benefit for 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent. A benefit for 100 percent equals a full-time job.

How do I apply?

You can apply by logging on to My pages (Mina sidor).

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How long can I receive the money for?

You can receive the benefit for an unlimited number of days during the period 1st January – 30 June 2021.

When will I receive the money?

When your application has been delivered to Försäkringskassan it will take approximately 30 working days before you receive the payment. If we need more information from you, you may have to wait longer. The sum is visible on My Pages one bank day before you receive the money.

Frequently asked questions about benefits if you belong to an at-risk group

The questions and answers are only in Swedish.

För dig som tillhör en riskgruppexternal link

 

The government has decided that if you have to refrain from working in order to protect a close relative belonging to an at-risk group from catching covid-19, you can receive a benefit from Försäkringskassan. A person belongs to an at-risk group if he or she is at least 70 years old or has an illness that entails a higher risk of falling seriously ill with covid-19.

This applies to you who:

  • works part time as a personal assistant to an adult person belonging to an at-risk group, or
  • receives part time benefit for care of a close adult relative who belongs to an at-risk group.

A person is considered a close relative if he or she is your wife, husband or partner. A close relative can also be a child, a parent, your sibling or their wife, husband, partner or child. You have to live together with the relative in order to receive the benefit.

When can I receive the benefit?

You can receive the benefit if you:

  • Work part time as a personal assistant to a close relative who receives attendance allowance from Försäkringskassan and belongs to an at-risk group or
  • receive a benefit to take care of, a close relative belonging to an at-risk group.

You have to have another part time job that cannot be carried out from home and your employer can not assign you to other duties or your work situation cannot be adapted to avoid infection.

If you work as a personal assistant you have to have worked an assistant for at least 80 hours during the month you apply for the benefit.

A close relative is in this case defined as a spouse, live-in partner, child, parent or sibling. A sibling´s spouse, live-in partner and child is also regarded as a close relative. You have to live together with the close relative in order to receive the benefit.

What is an at-risk group?

An at-risk group is people who are at least 70 years old or who have an illness that has been identified as having a higher risk of falling seriously ill with covid-19.

How much will I receive?

You can only receive the benefit for the amount of time that you have to refrain from working.

You can receive a maximum of 810 Swedish Crowns before taxes per day.

You can receive the benefit for 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent. A benefit for 100 percent equals a full-time job.

How long can I receive the benefit?

You can receive the benefit for an unlimited number of days during the period 1st January – 30 June 2021.

How do I apply for the benefit?

You can only apply by filling in a form. You can apply retroactively for the period 1st July–31th December.

Application for compensation for relative to a person in an at-risk group for covid-19 (the form is in Swedish)PDF

You need to send in a doctor´s certificate

If the person you are personal assistant to or you are caring for is below the age of 70, you need to send a doctor´s certificate to Försäkringskassan together with your application. The doctor´s certificate has to show that the person belongs to an at-risk group.

Should I or my employer make a sick leave report (sjukanmälan) to Försäkringskassan?

No, neither you nor your employer should make a sick leave report (sjukanmälan) to Försäkringskassan.

When will I receive the money?

You will receive the money after we are finished handling you case. You can only receive the compensation for the same period that you receive a benefit for caring for your relative or your relative receives attendance allowance.

In order to facilitate the handling of your case, you can send in your application for benefit for care of a close relative or your time report for the hours you worked as a personal assistant, as soon as possible.

Frequently asked questions if you refrain from working in order to avoid infecting a close relative belonging to an at-risk group

The information is in Swedish

If you care for, or are a personal assistant to, a close relative belonging to an at-risk groupexternal link

If you have sustained an occupational injury

 

Covid-19 is an infectious disease that can lead to an occupational injury. If you have been infected by the coronavirus and developed covid-19 it can be considered an occupational injury.

This is the case if you:

  • have treated, handled or taken care of people, animals or material that was contagious, or
  • worked in a laboratory where the coronavirus was being handled.

If you were injured at work

Employers should report occupational injuries

As an employer you have to report an occupational injury if your employee has received an injury or has died as a result of being infected with the corona virus and subsequently developed covid-19.

This is applicable if your employee:

  • has treated, handled or taken care of people, animals or material that was contagious, or
  • worked in a laboratory where the coronavirus was being handled.

Occupational injuries

In the case of death

If someone dies following an occupational injury caused by covid-19, the the survivning relatives can apply for survivor’s pension. You apply for survivor´s pension from The Swedish Pensions Agency.

Pensionsmyndigheten (pensionsmyndigheten.se)external link, opens in new window

If you are or will become a parent

 

Families with housing allowance will receive a temporary additional payment from July to December 2021. No application is necessary as the families will automatically receive the payment.

The temporary additional payment will be 25 percent of the amount of your usual housing allowance. The highest amount you can receive is 1 325 Krona each month.

 

If you are pregnant you can receive pregnancy benefit if there are risks in your work environment. Your employer is responsible for your work environment. This means that, in accordance with laws and regulations (arbetsmiljölagen 1977:1160 and Arbetsmiljöverkets föreskrifter AFS 2007:5), your employer has to carry out a risk assessment. This is something that an employer always must do if an employee is pregnant.

The corona virus SARS-CoV-2 has been classified as a risk class 3 contagion. The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has assessed the consequences of catching covid-19 during pregnancy. There is a higher risk of giving birth prematurely if a person in the later stages of pregnancy falls ill with covid-19.

Your employer can stop you from working if there are risks in your work environment. If your employer is unable to relocate you to a safer environment, for example working from home, you can apply for pregnancy benefit. You can receive pregnancy benefit until the 11th day before your estimated due date.

Pregnancy benefit

You can begin taking out parental benefit 60 days before your estimated due date.

Parental benefit before the child is born

 

If your child is ill or is a disease carrier, you may receive care of a sick child (vab) if you need to be at home to care for your child.

You may also receive compensation if there is a specific suspicion that your child is spreading infection. It may for example be a doctor or a nurse who has assessed this.

You are not eligible for care of a sick child (vab) if you keep your child at home to reduce the risk of your child being infected by others.

As of 25th April 2020, you can apply for compensation if your child´s school or preschool closes and you have to refrain from working. You will get approximately 90 % of the money you receive when you stay at home if your child is ill. The temporary rules apply until 31th January 2022.

What are the current rules when I apply?

You need to submit a certificate signed by a nurse or a doctor if your child is ill or infected for more than 7 days.

Remember that you must apply no later than 90 days after the first day you were at home with the child.

Specific rules apply in the following situations:

  • If your child has reached the age of 12 but not 16 and has a preliminary decision
  • If your child is seriously ill

Apply for care of sick child (vab)

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Questions and answers about vab due to coronavirus (in Swedish)

Frågor och svar om vab

Compensation information

Care of a sick child (vab)

 

The government has decided that parents of children who recently been seriously ill can receive a preventive benefit if they have to stay at home in order to shield the child from contracting covid-19.

A doctor must certify in a doctor´s certificate that the child must be protected from the coronavirus that causes covid-19.

In order to be able to receive the benefit you need to refrain from working and your child has to have been seriously ill during 2020 or 2021.

You can receive preventive benefit for care of sick child until 31st January 2022. The child has to be younger than 18 years of age.

A child is considered seriously ill if:

  • there is a distinct threat to the child’s life or
  • if the child, after or in direct connection to a life-threatening condition, receives treatment for the illness and the child’s life is in jeopardy without this treatment.

The benefit can be paid to a parent that needs to abstain from work to take care of a child. All the child´s parents can receive the benefit if they abstain from work in order to protect the child from the corona virus and they are unable to work from home.

The parent and the child must be registered at the same address. If the parents do not live together at the same address, the child must live an equal amount of time with all its parents.

Compensation information

Care of a sick child (vab)

 

As a parent you are responsible for your child´s maintenance even if your child does not live with you. If you can not afford to pay child support your child can receive maintenance support from Försäkringskassan. In that case you have to pay back part or the entire amount to Försäkringskassan. If your income has been reduced you can not avoid paying your debt. But you can postpone your repayment. You do this by applying for a deferral. You can apply by using Mina sidor (My pages).

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Mina sidor is in Swedish.

If you are unable to use Mina sidor you can fill in a form.

Blankett FK-2572PDF

The form is in Swedish.

If you have been laid off, are on furlough or a job seeker

 

If you have been laid off, it is important that you protect your sickness benefit qualifying income (SGI). SGI is an amount calculated by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency based on how much you earn per year.

Many compensations that you can receive from the Social Insurance Agency, such as sickness benefit or care of a sick child (vab), are based on your SGI.

Your former SGI is protected for three months from the last day you worked. After that, it can still be protected if you do any of the following:

  • register as a job seeker at the Swedish Public Employment Service no later than the first day you became unemployed
  • begin studying at a program that gives you the right to study support from The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN)
  • are on sick leave and receive sickness benefit
  • are on parental leave and receive parental benefit

Start the guide of sickness benefit qualifying income (in Swedish)

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At the Swedish Public Employment Services website you can read more about what steps you need to take if you become unemployed.

When you become unemployed (arbetsformedlingen.se)external link, opens in new window

Parliament has decided to launch a new system to support short-term work. Employers will, during a limited time, receive state support if they need to introduce short-term work due to temporary and serious economic difficulties.

Your SGI is protected if you receive a lower salary from March 16 or later, provided that your employer receives state support. This means that your SGI will not be lowered in spite of your salary having been lowered.

Your SGI is not protected if your employer does not receive state support for short-term work. Your SGI will be adjusted in accordance with your new salary.

It is important that you contact your employer to find out what applies to you.

Questions and answers about compensations from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency if you are laid of for a limited time.

I have been laid off. How will this affect my housing allowance?

If you have been laid off from work you can report a change of income for your housing allowance on My pages (Mina sidor). Estimate your new income. If two persons have a housing allowance together you need to send in a form by post. You can send in a new application if it is less than three months left of your housing allowance.

I have been laid of for a limited time and work 50% but receive 90% of my previous salary. How should I fill in my application for care of a sick child (vab)?

In the application, via the web or in the app, you state in the field “tid du vabbat”/ "time you spent taking care of a sick child" the hours you actually needed to give up work. When it comes to the field where you state the time you should have worked you write your regular working hours, ie the working hours you had before you became laid off for a limited time.

I have been laid off from my job. I will work about 40 percent but get a salary that corresponds to 90-95 percent of my previous income. Can I take parental leave for the part of the day that I don't work?

Yes, you can take parental leave during the part of the day you do not work

 

If you fall ill

The government has decided to temporarily suspend the deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period and the requirement for a doctor’s certificate for those who participate in a program at the Swedish Public Employment Service. You apply for activity compensation, development allowance and introduction benefit just as usual.

Remember to report to the Swedish Public Employment Office (Arbetsförmedlingen) the first day you fall ill.

Temporary higher compensation levels

The government has decided to temporarily raise the jobseeker´s allowance. This also applies if you are a member of an unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa) and are taking part in a program through the Swedish Public Employment Office (Arbetsförmedlingen).

The lowest activity grant you can receive has been raised from 365 to 510 Swedish Krona per day.

During the first 100 days as unemployed your compensation is based on the salary you had when you were employed. You can now receive up to 1 200 Swedish Krona per day instead of 910 Swedish Krona per day if you take part in a program full time.

The temporary higher activity grants will be applicable from the April 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

Your activity grant is based on information that Försäkringskassan receives from your unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa). You will receive the rest of the money at the next opportunity if they sent the information after Försäkringskassan made the payment.

The government has proposed that the jobseeker´s allowance will be raised from 760 Swedish Krona to 1000 Swedish Krona from the 101 day of your unemployment. If you are a member of an unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa) and are taking part in a program through the Swedish Public Employment Office (Arbetsförmedlingen), your activity grant will be affected by this proposal.

From the 101 day of your unemployment, your activity grant will be raised from 760 to 1000 Swedish Krona if you participate full time. The temporary raise is proposed to apply from June 29, 2020 to January 3, 2021. This is still a proposal. No decision has been taken.

If you receive introduction benefit or development allowance you will not a receive a higher compensation.

Compensation if your child´s school or daycare closes

From April 25 you can keep the compensation you receive when you have to stay at home to take care of your child if your child´s daycare or school closes due to covid-19.

You can find more information about this under “Care of sick child (vab) on this webpage.

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