Déan iarratas má tá teastas dochtúra agat chun tú féin a aonrú nó má tá tú tinn mar gheall ar  COVID-19

Who can get this payment?

Enhanced Illness Benefit is available to employees or self-employed people are unable to work due to:

  • A diagnosis of COVID-19; or
  • An instruction by a doctor or the HSE to self-isolate or restrict their movements; or
  • Being symptomatic, self isolating and have applied to the HSE for an antigen test kit or PCR test; or
  • Being a close contact who is asymptomatic and who has not had their immunity boosted and has applied to the HSE for an antigen test kit or a PCR test.

Qualifying for this payment based on being symptomatic , self isolating or having applied to the HSE for an antigen or PCR test has been introduced on a temporary basis due to exceptional demand on the health system. The Department undertakes checks on the information and documentation provided to ensure their validity including with the Revenue Commissioners and the HSE.

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

Who does not qualify for this payment?

From January 14th 2022, close contacts who have had their immunity boosted are not required to restrict their movements and are not entitled to receive Enhanced Illness Benefit. Immunity is considered boosted if you have received a booster/third vaccination or have had a Covid Diagnosis since 1st December 2021.

Duration and rates of payment

Enhanced Illness Benefit is payable on a daily basis, excluding Sunday. Payment is for a maximum of 7 days. Where a person has a COVID diagnosis they may be paid for up to 10 weeks with appropriate medical certification from their GP. The personal weekly payment rate is €350. 

What evidence do i need to provide

During your application you must 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
  • A screenshot from the HSE online portal confirming you have ordered an Antigen Test Kit” if you are under 40 years old, symptomatic and/or self isolating.
  • A text from the HSE acknowledging a PCR test booking
  • A text from the HSE acknowledging your positive antigen test submission to them

If you have received a Paper Certificate you can send this to the Department of Social Protection, Illness Benefit, PO BOX 1650,  Dublin 1

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

What do I need to complete this application?

Your personal details

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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Déan iarratas má tá teastas dochtúra agat chun tú féin a aonrú nó má tá tú tinn mar gheall ar  COVID-19