COVID-19 Illness Benefit

The COVID-19 Illness Benefit is payable to employees who have contracted the COVID-19 virus, or who have been told by a doctor or the HSE to self-isolate. It is paid at a flat rate of €350 per week.

Qualifying criteria

To qualify the recipient must be self-isolating on the instructions of a doctor or the HSE. They must be absent from work and confined to their home or a medical facility.

The benefit is payable for a maximum of two weeks for those required to self-isolate, and for a maximum of 10 weeks for those diagnosed with COVID-19.


Apply online at; you will need a basic MyGovID.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or advised to self-isolate by a doctor, the doctor will complete a medical certificate on your behalf and send this directly to the department.

If you have been advised by the HSE that you must self-isolate, you will have received a text or a letter from the HSE. You will need to submit a copy of this notification with your Illness Benefit application form.

If you are returning from travel abroad and following HSE self-isolation advice, and are not being paid by your employer, you will require your GP to complete a medical certificate on your behalf.

More information

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