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Apply for compensation under the Infection Protection Act for uncovered operating costs

In the event of a ban on activity or quarantine, as a self-employed person or self-employed person, you are entitled not only to compensation for loss of earnings but also to reimbursement of ongoing uncovered business expenses, such as rents or loans. This only applies to operating costs that cannot be avoided.

In addition, you must keep operating costs as low as possible. The reimbursement will be reasonable.

This is a so-called "optional service". This means that the authority has a margin of manoeuvre to assess whether a claim exists and how high it is.

Process flow

The uncovered operating expenses can be reimbursed upon request.

  • Ask the office responsible for you for a corresponding application form.
  • The applications will be processed after receipt of the application and any further necessary documents will be requested.
  • At the end, you will receive a notification and, if necessary, the payout to your specified account.

Who should I contact?

In Lower Saxony, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg, the districts and the independent cities are responsible. In the other federal states, the corresponding state authorities.


In the event of quarantine or a ban on activity, you are entitled to compensation for ongoing uncovered business expenses if

  • you are self-employed,
  • Your business or practice is suspended during the ban on activity or quarantine, and
  • you are entitled to compensation for your loss of earnings.

Which documents are required?

  • Application
  • Proof of ongoing uncovered operating costs
  • Proof of payment
  • Decision on the prohibition of activity and its lifting

What are the fees?


What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Application Deadline: 2 Years
The one-year period depends on the period of your segregation or prohibition of activity, or the segregation or prohibition of activity of your employee. After the deadline has expired, you are no longer entitled to compensation for loss of earnings.

Processing duration

Please understand that the processing of applications varies depending on the volume and authority. Unfortunately, it may well happen that the processing of your application can take up to 12 months or longer.

Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Applications / forms

Forms may be available from the authority responsible for you.

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

Online services available: No


If you are not satisfied with the decision of the authority, you can first try to communicate your reasons and concerns. The authority will then review your request.

If the authority sticks to your decision, you have the option of filing a complaint with the competent administrative court in writing or for the record within one month of notification of the decision. In some federal states, the objection must be filed.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)