Apply if you have been medically certified to self-isolate or are ill due to COVID-19

COVID-19

This payment is for workers and the self-employed who cannot work in the short term because they have been medically certified to self-isolate or are ill due to COVID-19.

The application process is the same as Illness Benefit and you will need to be medically certified by your GP. A Certificate of Incapacity for Work or an eCert equivalent is required from your GP.  You may not need to attend your GP in person. Please refer to HSE guidelines.

The personal rate of Illness Benefit will increase from €203 per week to €350 per week for a maximum of 2 weeks where medically-required to self-isolate or longer following a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

People whose sole income is their Social Welfare payment need not apply as they will keep their existing payment.

Please do not submit applications for other people as it will delay the processing of the application. 

Civil and public servants should not apply as they will continue to be paid.

Where should I send my certificate?

If you have received an official Certificate of Incapacity for Work from your Doctor you should send it immediately to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Illness Benefit, PO Box 1650, Dublin 1 or email it to illnessenquiry@welfare.ie. Alternately, your Doctor may send the Certificate directly to the Department.  

If your GP has submitted an eCert directly to the Department there is no need to forward any further medical evidence.

Please ensure, where emailing an image of the Certificate of Incapacity for Work, you send both sides of the Certificate in the email, and follow up by sending the paper Certificate in the post to the address above.

What questions will I have to answer

Your details

Questions about you, your address and your relationship status

Children

You may be asked to provide details of any children that you have, such as PPS number

Payment Method

Details of your account in a financial institution where you want your payment to go

Employment details

You will need to provide details of your current employment

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