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

Who can get this payment?

This payment is called the Enhanced Illness Benefit, it is available to employees and the self-employed who cannot work in the short term because:

  • you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
  • you have been told to self-isolate/restrict your movement due to COVID-19. You may have been a close contact or living with someone who has contracted the virus. Regardless of your vaccination status you may have been asked to self-isolate for 5 or more days.

They must be absent from work and confined to their home or a medical facility and:

if employed

  •  have at least one paid qualifying social insurance contribution in the four
    weeks immediately before claiming the payment and
  •  have a contract of employment

or

if self-employed

  • worked immediately before applying for the enhanced payment and will have
    reckonable income in the current contribution year

 

Click here to learn more about Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID-19 

What evidence do i need to provide

During your application you can upload:

  • A photo/screenshot of a text message or letter from the HSE instructing you to self-isolate, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

or

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

  • 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 to get a certificate.

You should send this evidence to:

Department of Social Protection, Illness Benefit, PO BOX 1650,  Dublin 1

What do I need to complete this application?

Your personal details

You will need to provide your current address. If you dont have a verified MyGovID account you will be asked to provide some personal details such as your PPS number. 

Your employment

You will need to provide details of your current employment.

Your relationship

If relevant, you may be asked if you want to apply for a potential increase in payment for your partner

Your children

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

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