Travel relating to treatment provided abroad

Kela will reimburse treatment-related travel costs if you have received treatment in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland. Travel costs incurred in a country other than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland will not be reimbursed.


You can receive reimbursement for treatment costs, if

  • they have been incurred from trips related to medical care, pregnancy care or childbirth care provided in an EU or EEA country or in Switzerland
  • the cost of a one-way trip exceeds the deductible of EUR 25
  • you have paid all travel costs yourself.

Kela will mainly reimburse travel costs according to the cheapest means of travel and to the nearest place of treatment. Usually, this will be a public means of transport, such as a train or a bus. Travel costs are reimbursed on the basis of the Finnish Health Insurance Act.

If you have been granted prior authorisation for treatment in another EU or EEA country or Switzerland, Kela will reimburse your travel costs up to the place of treatment.

Treatment-related travel abroad is always arranged according to local legislation and practices.

Apply for reimbursement within six months

If you have not received reimbursement for your travel costs from elsewhere, apply for reimbursement of travel costs incurred abroad within six months on form SV 128.