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COVID-19 Illness Benefit


  • Benefit for employees who have contracted the COVID-19 virus, or who have been told by a doctor or the HSE to self-isolate.


  • €350 per week (increased from €305 announced previously).

Qualifying criteria:

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

Scheme duration:

  • The COVID-19 illness benefit will be paid for a maximum of two weeks for those required to self-isolate, and for a maximum of ten weeks for those diagnosed with COVID-19.


  • Apply online at
  • 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.

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