Travel allowance (reisetilskudd)

You can receive travel allowance instead of sickness benefit if it allows you to work fully or partly. You can also receive travel allowance along with partial sickness benefit.

Who can receive travel allowance?

  • You who are an employee, self-employed or freelancer. 
  • You who need transport to and from your workplace due to health problems.
  • You who are entitled to sickness benefit. The travel allowance is then provided instead of sickness benefit. You can also combine partial sick note with partial travel allowance.

For the first 16 days of sick leave, your employer covers the expenses. Talk to your employer about the possibility of getting help with transport instead of receiving sick note during these 16 days.

NAV covers travel expenses from day 17 when the employer period is over.

You will not receive travel allowance for transport that you need during the working day, i.e. in connection with the performance of your job. Travel allowance is only granted for transport back and forth to work. 

How much are you entitled to?

The travel allowance covers necessary additional travel expenses to and from work while you are ill, i.e. transport expenses beyond what you normally have. If you need to use your own car due to illness the expenses are calculated according to the state travel allowance scale.

When the grant is calculated, the expenses that you would normally have for transport are deducted from the amount you are paid. 

The travel allowance is limited upwards to the amount you would have received in sickness benefit for the same period. This means that the daily travel allowance cannot be higher than what you would otherwise receive in sickness benefits that day, also called daily rate. The daily rate is your annual salary divided by 260. The annual salary is reduced to 6G, the basic amount, if you earn more than 6G.

Partially on sick leave

If you are partially on sick leave, you will receive travel allowance for the part of your daily rate for which you do not receive sickness benefit. Example:

  • Peter earns 312,000 kroner per year divided by 260 days = a daily rate of NOK 1 200.
  • If Peter works 50% and is 50% on sick leave, sickness benefit amounts to NOK 600.
  • Peter can be reimbursed for taxi expenses limited upwards to NOK 600.

Temporary or permanent?

As long as your transport need is temporary, there is no limit to the number of days you can receive travel allowance. This applies as long as you are still entitled to sickness benefits and travel allowances.

It is the need for transport that must be temporary, not the illness or the injury. If you have a permanent illness, you may receive travel allowance if the illness causes you to have an additional need for transport for shorter periods of time. 

Do you have a permanent need for transport to and from work? Work and education travel or a grant for a vehicle for work and education may be appropriate instead.

How do you proceed?

Whoever puts you on sick leave fills out the item about travel allowance in the sick note. The following must be stated here: 

  • the period for which the travel allowance is sought 
  • the reason that you cannot travel normally to and from work, and that you would otherwise be on sick leave. 

Some employers pay your travel expenses in advance. They then apply for a reimbursement from NAV afterwards. 

If your employer does not pay you in advance, or if you are self-employed or a freelancer, you must pay for the travel expenses yourself.

How to apply for reimbursement

  • Complete the application for travel allowance for work travel
  • Attach receipts for the transport.
  • If you are partially on sick leave, you also apply for sickness benefit by filling in part D of the paper sick note. Unfortunately, you cannot use a digital application for travel allowance.

Are you self-employed or a freelancer? If so, you also submit the form for income information.

How an employer applies for reimbursement

  • Fill out the application form for employers.
  • Tick which documentation is to be attached.
    A cover page sheet comes up that you print out and place on top when you send the form in the post.
  • Remember to send a digital income report as well.

When will the money be paid out?

We need your application, receipts and the income report from your employer before we can process and pay out money. See processing times.

Duty to report any changes

If there are any changes in your income, family situation and/or work situation, or if you are planning to spend some time abroad, this may have an impact on the amount you will be paid from NAV. You must immediately notify NAV in such cases.