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Compensation of seamen’s travel expenses

  • Service
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The State supports Finnish seafaring by compensating the shipping companies for the travel expenses of the crew, for example. The reimbursement of travel expenses is a state aid to shipping companies that is regulated at EU level in the guidelines for maritime transport. 

Sections 1 and 2 of the Act on the act on travel expenses of seamen to be reimbursed from the state funds lay down the grounds for travel reimbursed from state funds. Section 1 of the Act applies to vessels included in the list of merchant vessels and section 2 applies to vessels not included in the list of merchant vessels. The grounds for compensation are different depending on whether the seamen in question are within the EU and EEA or from third countries. 

Compensation will be paid only for the costs incurred for the travel of employed persons. The right to compensation does not include, for example, the travel of interns when the internship is not carried out in an employment relationship. A prerequisite for receiving compensation is that the work has been carried out on a Finnish vessel. However, the employer does not need to be a Finnish shipping company, as long as the vessel sails under the Finnish flag. 

For more information, see the guidelines on the employer’s right to compensation from state funds for the travel expenses of seamen.

Do the following

Submit the compensation application form and its appendices either online as an attachment to the general online form of the ELY Centre to the ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, or by mail to: KEHA-keskus/Keskinen maksatusalue, PL 136, 33101 Tampere.

Enquiries about the compensation application is emailed to: maksatukset.keha (at)

To whom and on what terms

Compensable expenses include

  • direct travel expenses (airline, rail and bus tickets, use of a private car, etc.),
  • employee’s subsistence expenses during the journey (accommodation and meals during the journey)
  • travel arrangement costs.

The service is free of charge.

Basic information

The service is provided byDevelopment and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices
Other responsible organisationsTE Office, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Responsible for the serviceDevelopment and Administration centre for ELY Centres and TE Offices
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: KEHA Centre
Updated: 7/5/2021