When a worker is told to self-isolate
by a doctor or the HSE due to being a probable source of infection or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €350 per week.
All employees (other than some public sector employees who pay a modified rate of social insurance) and self-employed, including non-nationals and people living in Direct Provision, are entitled to claim and receive the enhanced COVID-19 Illness Benefit payment where conditions are met.
To be eligible for this payment a person must
be confined to their home or a medical facility.
Phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone.
See also: How to qualify and Conditions (employment)
How to qualify
To receive the enhanced payment, you must be:
self-isolating on the instruction of a doctor or the HSE
due to being a probable source of infection or diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
absent from work and confined to your home or a medical facility
An Illness Benefit claim form must be submitted (on line or by post) and a Certificate of Incapacity for Work must be provided by your GP or relevant HSE documentation provided.
To receive the enhanced payment, you must also be:
employed and have at least one paid qualifying social insurance contribution in the four weeks immediately before claiming the payment
have a contract of employment (if an employee)
self-employed immediately before applying for the enhanced payment and will have reckonable income in the current contribution year
aged between 18 and 66 years
If you are ill for another reason and you can’t work, you should apply for standard Illness Benefit
. This requires a Certificate of Incapacity for Work and the submission of an application form (IB1).
If you are cocooning on health grounds:
If you are cocooning on health grounds, you are not eligible for the enhanced rate. You may qualify for standard Illness Benefit
with all normal rules if you are cocooning due to a serious health condition. You will need a Certificate of Incapacity for Work from your GP.
Relatives of people self-isolating due to vulnerable health do not qualify for any illness payment.
Rate of payment
The personal rate for this payment is €350 per week, as compared with the normal Illness Benefit rate of €203.
It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating due to being a probable source of infection, and for a maximum of 10 weeks if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If a person has been certified for less than 10 weeks, they will be paid for the duration of their certificate.
How to Apply
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or advised to self-isolate due to being a probable source of infection by a doctor, the doctor will then complete a Certificate of Incapacity for Work (or eCert equivalent) on your behalf and send this directly to the department. To complete the Certificate of Incapacity for Work , your doctor will ask you for your name, PPSN and Date of Birth.
Alternatively, if you have been advised by the HSE
that you must self-isolate due to being a probable source of infection (e.g. contact tracing) , you will have received a text or a letter from the HSE that you have been identified as being a contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. You will need to submit a copy of this notification with your Illness Benefit application form.
If you require a second period of self-isolation due to contact tracing in relation to a second person with COVID-19, separate claims must be submitted for both periods, with a Certificate of Incapacity for Work provided. You must return to work and make a PRSI contribution before you can be eligible for another period of self-isolation.
You can apply for the emergency COVID-19 payment online at mywelfare.ie.
All you need to apply for the service is a basic MyGovID account.
There are no appointments or anything for this. All you need is an email address and it only takes a short time to sign up.
Once you've got the basic MyGovID account (or if you already have an existing MyGovID account), just click the button below to apply for this payment.
It is very important to fill in your bank details correctly, include IBAN and BIC
to avoid delays to your payments.
A Certificate of Incapacity for Work from your GP or a letter or text from the HSE must be provided. Please ensure that your GP has submitted the certification electronically or by post to the Department. Where you have a text or letter from the HSE please submit it as an attachment with your application for COVID IB.
Call 01 7043300 or 1890 800 024 between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday to get an application form by post
Request a form to be posted to you by sending an email with your name and address and form required to email@example.com
. Forms can only be posted to addresses in Ireland. You should only apply by post if you cannot
It is very important to to fill in your bank details correctly, include IBAN and BIC
to avoid delays to your payments.
Once both the application form and
the Certificate of Incapacity for Work are received the claim will be processed.
You should continue to liaise with your GP in relation to your diagnosis and the length of time you are medically certified unfit to work because of COVID-19.