Return trip to another Nordic country

On the basis of the Nordic convention on social security, a resident of another Nordic country is entitled to receive reimbursement for travel costs if they suddenly become ill and need to use a more expensive means of transport for their return trip than was originally intended.


You are entitled to receive reimbursement from Kela if you are permanently residing in another Nordic country, you have become ill during your temporary residence in Finland and your illness requires you to use a more expensive means of transport for your return trip than was originally intended. The prerequisite is that you have been residing in Finland temporarily, such as on holiday.

You can claim reimbursement from Kela on form SV 4. Include with your claim a medical certificate showing that your illness requires you to use more expensive transportation than originally planned. The costs will be reimbursed after the fact.

  • You can also apply for reimbursement retrospectively from you own health insurance institute. On the basis of the Nordic convention on social security, Kela will reimburse the additional costs of your trip home if you are unable to use the planned means of transport for your return trip to another Nordic country.
  • You will need to enclose a payment receipt of your travel costs and a doctor’s certificate written before the return trip with your application for reimbursement. The doctor’s certificate must indicate that you have a medically justified reason for using a different means of transport on your trip home than the one you originally intended to use.
  • The costs of an accompanying person may also be covered if one is required for the trip. The doctor’s certificate must mention that an accompanying person is required.