The coronavirus/covid-19 – applicable regulations
April 2, 2020
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).
This web page is updated as soon as more information is available.
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.
Deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period, qualifying period, doctor’s certificate and sick pay.
The government has proposed a number of different measures due to the corona virus/covid-19. The proposals are now being prepared by parliament and the government. When the formal decisions have been made we will update the information.
Read more about what the various proposals:
The deduction from sick pay during the qualifying period
From the 27th of March you will no longer need a doctor’s certificate the first 21 days you are ill. If you are still ill after 21 days you will need to hand in a doctor’s certificate when you apply for sick pay.
The government proposes to temporarily suspend 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.
The government has proposed that a doctor's certificate will temporarily not be required during the first two weeks that you are ill.
The proposal means that you who are ill can stay at home for 14 days without a doctor's certificate. For you as an employer it means that your employee does not need to give you a doctor’s certificate.
The government has proposed that the state will temporarily cover the full cost of sick pay. The proposal also includes measures for the self-employed, who will be able to receive a standardised level of sick pay during the first two weeks.
Question and answers 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:
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.
Currently you are not eligible for vab if your child´s daycare or school is closed and your child is not ill or infectious. The government is working on a proposal though no decision has yet been made. We will publish information regarding any changes as soon as possible.
What are the current rules when I apply?
You no longer need to submit a doctor’s certificate if your child is ill or infected for more than seven days. This applies regardless of the cause of your child's illness or infection.
This also applies even if you have already submitted an application and are awaiting a decision, or if you have been at home and have not yet applied for compensation.
You do not need to submit a doctor’s certificate when the child's regular caregiver, such as a child minder, is ill for more than seven 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)
Questions and answers about vab due to coronavirus (in Swedish)
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 incom (in Swedish)
At the Swedish Public Employment Services website you can read more about what steps you need to take if you become unemployed.
The government has proposed new legislation regarding short-time work. When the Swedish parliament and government have made a decision, employers can apply for state support if they affected by temporary and serious economic difficulties.
If your employed receives state support for short term work, you will retain your SGI and your SGI is protected.
If your employer does not receive state support for short term work you will get a new SGI based on your new wage. You need to take steps to protect your SGI. The same situations that protects your SGI if you are laid off also protects your SGI if you are have short term work.
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
The government proposes 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.
From the year you turn 24 and have to pay for dental care yourself, you can receive a state dental care subsidy.
Can the compensation period within the high-cost protection for dental care be extended due to the corona virus?
No, it is not possible to extend the compensation periods. The high-cost protection is calculated per year. This means that all actions that are made during a continuous period of twelve months are counted in your high-cost protection.
Closed borders can prevent you from travelling to your place of work if you work in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland. Provided that you keep your current employment, The Swedish Social Insurance Agency has made the assessment that decisions about which country you are insured in will not be altered.
If you have an A1 form you do not need to contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. This is applicable even if you, due to the current situation, are forced to work in another country than the one stated on the form.
If you have been laid off from work in another country you need to contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency so that we can determine which country you should be insured in. This is applicable even when you have been laid off due to the current situation. Please contact us in order to avoid missing out on benefits and to avoid becoming liable for repayment of benefits.
It is important that you keep yourself updated on this issue. You can do this by reading information on our website.