Reimbursement of travel costs if you seek treatment abroad

If you travel to another EU or EEA country or Switzerland to seek health care services, Kela will reimburse you for your costs of travel in the same manner as when you choose a place of treatment in Finland. Travel costs will be reimbursed to the health centre or university hospital that is nearest to your home address. You must pay the deductible yourself.


If you travel outside of the EU or EEA countries or Switzerland for the purpose of using health care services, your costs will not be reimbursed.

Claim reimbursement of travel costs from Kela.

Travel relating to treatment provided with a prior authorisation

If Kela has granted you prior authorisation for treatment in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland, your travel costs will be reimbursed retrospectively from Finland up to your place of treatment. You must generally only pay the deductible yourself.

Kela will always reimburse for travel costs according to the cheapest means of travel. On a trip beyond the nearby regions, a flight in economy class can be reimbursed without a separate medical certificate. If your illness, a severe injury or traffic conditions require the use of a special vehicle, such as a taxi, ambulance, ambulance plane or ambulance helicopter, Kela will reimburse the incurred costs based on a doctor’s certificate.

Travel relating to treatment purchased as an outsourced service from abroad

If public health care arranges your treatment by purchasing it as an outsourced service from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland, Kela will reimburse your travel costs up to the place of treatment retrospectively if you have paid them yourself. Travel costs to other countries are not reimbursed.

Travel costs are reimbursed to the place of treatment located in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland where the examinations were carried out, the treatment was provided or the rehabilitation was arranged and which is listed in the promissory note.

Claim reimbursement for your treatment-related travel costs from Kela.