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Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences is

When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or the HSE due to being a possible 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.

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.

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 possible source of infection or diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

and

  • absent from work and confined to your home or a medical facility

An IB claim form must be submitted (on line or by post) and medical certification must be provided by your GP or relevant HSE documentation provided.

Rate of payment

The personal rate for this payment is €350, as compared with the normal Illness Benefit rate of €203. It was originally set at a rate of €305 but it was increased by Government on March 24. You may have received the €203 rate, however, if you are entitled to the payment of €350, you will receive the balance. We are currently processing these cases.

It will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating due to being a possible 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

Step 1

  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or advised to self-isolate due to being a possible source of infection by a doctor, the doctor will then complete a medical certificate on your behalf and send this directly to the department. To complete the medical certification, 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 possible source of infection (e.g. contact tracing) , you will have received a text or a letter from the HSE. You will need to submit a copy of this notification with your Illness Benefit application form.
  • If you are returning from travel abroad and following HSE self-isolation advice, and are not being paid by your employer, you will require your GP to complete a medical certificate on your behalf.
  • If you require two successive period of self-isolation i.e. four weeks in total, separate claims must be submitted for both periods, with medical certification provided.

Apply online

Step 2

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 2 minutes 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 to fill in your bank details correctly, include IBAN an BIC to avoid delays to your payments.

Medical certification 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.

Apply by post

Step 2

To get a form and apply by post please click here

It is very important to to fill in your bank details correctly, include IBAN an BIC to avoid delays to your payments.

Once both the application form and the medical certificate are received payment will be processed.

You should continue to liaise with your doctor in relation to your diagnosis and the length of time you are medically certified unfit to work because of COVID-19.

To help us to process all payments as quickly as possible, we would kindly ask you not to phone the department seeking updates on your application as staff will be focusing on processing applications. Thank you for your co-operation.