Apply online for emergency income support if you are out of work due to COVID-19

What is COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment?

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment closed to new applications in July 2021.

This scheme has reopened for individuals, including the self-employed,   -who lost their employment on or after 7  December 2021 following the introduction of COVID-19 related public health restrictions.

Please ensure that you read and satisfy yourself regarding the eligibility conditions of the scheme before applying.

Please only apply when you become unemployed, as we can only process your application when you become eligible. You should apply as soon as possible after your first day of unemployment and you are only eligible for this payment from your first day of unemployment.

Who can apply?

In order to qualify for the payment, you must be:

  • aged between 18 and 66 years old and
  • are currently living 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 or
  • were self-employed and your trading income has ceased or reduced due to COVID-19 to the extent that you would be available to take up full-time employment and
  • are not in receipt of any income from an employer and
  • are genuinely seeking work

Please visit for more information on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

If you are looking for income support due to self-isolation or illness from COVID-19 then you must apply for a different scheme, the Enhanced Illness Benefit for COVID-19.

What do I need to complete this application?

You will need to provide information on the following

Personal Details

You will be requested to provide personal details so that we can identify you.

Employment Details

You will be asked to provide details about your most recent date of employment.

Payment Details

You will be asked to provide your bank details for the account you wish to be paid into.

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Apply online for emergency income support if you are out of work due to COVID-19