The Government’s recommendation that you should remain in conditions equivalent to quarantine does not entitle you to infectious disease allowance. For entitlement to infectious disease allowance an order of quarantine, isolation or absence from work from the physician responsible for infectious disease control in the municipality or hospital district is required.
Infectious disease allowance provides cover for loss of income if the physician responsible for infectious disease control in the municipality or hospital district has ordered you into quarantine or isolation, or to be absent from work in order to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. Under the Communicable Diseases Act, quarantine is when the movements of a person who has been exposed to an infectious disease, or who with good reason may have been exposed to an infectious disease, are restricted for example by ordering the person to stay at home. Isolation is when a person who has contracted an infectious disease, or who with good reason is believed to have contracted an infectious disease, is cared for in a healthcare unit separately from other persons, to prevent the spread of the disease.
Allowance can only be paid if the physician responsible for infectious disease control in the municipality or hospital district has ordered you into quarantine or isolation, or to be absent from work.
In certain situations infectious disease allowance can be paid to the guardian of a child or to a person who stays abroad
Entitlement to infectious disease allowance can also arise if the physician responsible for infectious disease control has, in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act, ordered your under 16-year old child to stay at home and because of this you incur loss of income.
Allowance can also be paid to persons who are covered under the Finnish health insurance system and who in an EU or EEA country, Switzerland or Great Britain are ordered into isolation or quarantine. The placement in isolation or quarantine must be certified by a physician authorised to issue an isolation or quarantine order in the relevant country. For instance, general curfews imposed in the EU countries and other general restrictions on movement do not entitle to infectious disease allowance.
Infectious disease allowance is not granted for quarantine-like conditions
The Finnish Government has recommended that persons who return from abroad and persons who are over 70 years of age stay in conditions equivalent to quarantine. Following the Government’s recommendation does not entitle to infectious disease allowance.
Entitlement to the allowance does also not arise if
- you have been ordered by your employer or your educational institution to stay at home for a period of 2 weeks after having returned from a trip abroad
- you have stayed at home with your child because the day care centre or school has been closed
- you are working remotely and you do not incur any loss of income
- you or your child are in the risk group because of an illness and as a precaution you have been ordered into quarantine.
The situation is currently being investigated as regards groups of persons who are not entitled to infectious disease allowance but who incur loss of income due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Up to the end of March, Kela has received a total of 1,433 applications for infectious disease allowance. The applications are processed in order of arrival. The targeted processing time for the infectious disease allowance is approximately 3-4 weeks.