Commuting and relocation allowance
The unemployment fund can pay commuting and relocation allowance to its members. The allowance is designed to compensate for the commuting and removal costs of taking up a new job. You can also get the allowance for a period of orientation or training for a new job. The unemployment fund checks your entitlement to the allowance. Commuting and relocation allowance is a taxable benefit and must be applied for within three months of the start of employment or training.
Commuting and relocation allowance condition:
you are receiving earnings-related allowance and are starting a new job, and the time spent on your return commuting trip is over 2-3 hours from your current or former place of residence
if your new employment lasts at least two months
if it is paid employment.
Work done on a contract or invoicing basis is considered business activity and is not eligible for the allowance.
You are entitled to commuting and relocation allowance if the time spent on your return commuting trip is over three hours a day. If you work part-time, the time spent on your return commuting trip must total over two hours a day.
An increase can be paid to the commuting and relocation allowance if your workplace (or the place where the job-related training is held) is over 200 km from your place of residence or your place of residence before you moved.
The amount and duration of commuting and relocation allowance
The amount of commuting and relocation allowance is always the same as basic unemployment allowance (€34.50/day in 2022) and a child increase can be paid. The benefit is paid for five days a week from the start of the employment relationship. If you work part-time, the allowance is only paid for the days you work.
The allowance is paid for one month if employment lasts two months. If employment lasts three months, the benefit is paid for 1.5 months, and for employment lasting at least four months the benefit is paid for two months. Commuting and relocation allowance can be paid for a maximum of two months regardless of how many days a week it is paid for.