Reimbursement of travel if you suddenly become ill abroad

If you require medically necessary care while temporarily residing in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland, you can receive reimbursement for travel costs related to treatment from Kela retrospectively. Costs may be reimbursed from your place of residence to the nearest place of treatment where the required examination and treatment would have been available.


In some cases, you can receive the trip for a deductible fee by presenting your European Health Insurance Card.

If you have become ill or you have required treatment on account of pregnancy or childbirth in another EU or EEA country or in Switzerland, your costs of travel will be reimbursed to the nearest place of treatment within the country in question. If you require follow-up treatment immediately after returning to Finland, your travel costs in Finland will be reimbursed from the airport, harbour or country border to the nearest place of treatment where the necessary examination or treatment would have been available.

If you have become suddenly ill while abroad, you will not receive reimbursement for your travel costs to Finland. Travel costs incurred in a country other than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland will not be reimbursed.

You can apply for reimbursement for travel costs incurred abroad from Kela for six months after your payment. Apply for reimbursement on form SV 128.