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COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

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The rate for this payment increased on 24 March. If you have applied before this date or are already in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment you do not need to do anything. Your next payment will be paid at the increased rate.

Customers who have not received a Pandemic Unemployment Payment as expected on Tuesday 31 March

What the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job on (or after) March 13 due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be in place for the duration of the crisis.

If you have been temporarily placed on a shorter working week, you may qualify for Short Time Work Support.

How to qualify

You can apply for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment if you:

  • are aged between 18 and 66 years old and
  • live in the Republic of Ireland and
  • have lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic or
  • have been temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The payment also applies if you are :

If you voluntarily left your employment or self-employment or do not meet the above criteria, you cannot claim the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

If you are a Cross Border Frontier Worker and affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection wishes to confirm that there are no plans in place to share any data we receive as part of an immigrant’s application for a Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment with GNIB or the Department of Justice and Equality.

Rate of payment

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid at a flat rate of €350 per week for the duration of the pandemic emergency. It was originally set at a rate of €203 but it was increased to €350 by government on 24 March.

If you have already applied before 24 March or are already in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment you do not need to do anything. Your next payment will be paid at the increased rate.

Payment is made by electronic transfer only (into your bank account) and only into accounts held in Irish financial institutions. It will be paid in to your bank account every Tuesday once your application is processed.

If you were working and were also in receipt of any social welfare payment such as a Carer's Payment, Working Family Payment (WFP) or One-Parent Family Payment, you can, provided you have lost your job due to COVID-19, also claim the COVID-19 emergency payment, in addition to retaining your existing welfare payment. The COVID-19 Payment Unemployment Payment will replace your employment income and will be regarded by the department as equivalent to employment income.

If you have one adult and one or more dependant children you should claim a Jobseeker's Payment instead of the COVID-19 Pandemic Payment.

This is because you can claim an additional allowance for your adult dependant and child dependants, which will bring your weekly payment to in excess of the €350 weekly payment due under the emergency COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.


The quickest and easiest way to apply for the emergency COVID-19 payment is by applying 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 your BIC and IBAN to avoid delays to your payments.

After you have applied, please keep checking your bank account as payment may issue before the department formally notifies you.

Apply by post

Please be aware applying by post will take longer for your application to be put into payment. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online through mywelfare.ie.

To get a form and apply by post please click here.

What if I haven’t received a payment as expected

For those customers who applied for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment the previous Thursday and did not receive a payment the following Tuesday please read this important information notice.

Close Claim

How to close a claim for Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

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 cooperation.

DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19

This helpline provides information on available income supports for people impacted by COVID-19. Our information team can advise on the most suitable income supports for your circumstances and provide information on how to make an application.

The rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary.