Sickness Benefits

Understand the benefits you may be entitled to in the event of illness, incapacityor following an accident...

Sickness benefits for temporary work incapacity, labour accidents and professional diseases are paid by the National Social Security Institute. Only the first day of the sick leave is paid by the employer at the amount of the employee’s average daily gross wage for the month in which the temporary work incapacity has occurred.

Insured people have the right to receive sickness benefits for the period of their sick leave if they have worked and have made contributions to state social security for at least six months. This requirement is not applied for people who are not yet 18 years of age or in cases of labour accidents and professional diseases.

The following documents should be submitted to the employer:

  • A document for temporary incapacity for work (болничен лист) issued by the doctor in charge of treatment
  • Evidence of the insured's bank account, in their name (декларация за лична банкова сметка)

The benefit is calculated and paid by the National Social Security Institute to the bank account of the insured person for the period needed for the employee to recover. The benefit is received within 15 working days after the employer has filed the necessary documents at the local NSSI office.