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 doctor. You do 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 €305 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
Civil and public servants should not apply as they will continue to be paid
Where should I send my certificate?
If you have received a paper certificate from your Doctor you should send it immediately to DEASP Illness Benefit, PO Box 1650, Dublin 1 or email it to email@example.com.
Please ensure 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
Questions about you, your address and your relationship status
You may be asked to provide details of any children that you have, such as PPS number
Details of your account in a financial institution where you want your payment to go
You will need to provide details of your current employment