Here are the COVID-19 Benefits for Employees
Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences:
When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €305 per week.
Do not visit your GP, contact them by telephone.
To receive the enhanced payment, you must be self-isolating on the instruction of a doctor or other medical professional and/or diagnosed.
The Illness benefit payment will be paid for a maximum of 2 weeks where a person is self-isolating but will be paid for the duration of a person's absence from work if they have been diagnosed.
How to Apply
If you are an employee or self-employed and feel you may be suffering from Covid-19 or may need to self-isolate, you should contact your doctor by telephone.
The doctor will then complete a medical certificate on your behalf and send this directly to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
To receive a payment, you will need to provide your doctor with your Name, PPSN and DoB.
Complete an application form for Illness Benefit (Form IB 1).
There are three ways that you can make an application:
you can call 1890 800 024 or 01 2481398 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday to get an application form by post
organise someone to pick up a form at your doctor’s surgery or at your local Intreo Centre
an online application process will be available by the end of March
It is important to complete part 5 of the Illness Benefit form as this contains how you would like to be paid. You don't have to fill in part 7 of the form.
Send your application form by Freepost to:
PO Box 1650, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Dublin 1