What the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is and am I eligible?

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Both workers and self-employed who have lost their work because of an economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic are entitled to this compensation. (See form here).


The compensation shall be made for 6 weeks with a standard one-application form, at a flat rate of €203 (increased to €350 on 24th March 2020, see here) a week for jobseekers. This is meant to provide displaced workers with a welfare insurance allowance and financial protection through the pandemic easily.

Persons eligible for reimbursement are expected to submit within the 6-week period for the usual Jobseeker's Allowance. Upon receipt of a standard jobseeker request, the government then processes and pays the claims directly into the bank account. This will involve backdating increased payments for certain customers. This ensures the rises in fees to other clients are backdated.

You may apply for short-time job assistance while you've been unexpectedly put on a shortened working week here.


Am I entitled?


  • Payment can be claimed if you are 18 to 66 years of age and have lost a job as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • A non-EU / EEA worker over 18 who loses employment owing to the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

  • You are a student over 18 years of age who has lost job as a result of pandemic COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

  • You are a non-EU / EEA student over the age of 18 who has lost a job because of a pandemic COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

  • You are a part-time worker over 18 years of age, earn less than €203 a week and have lost a job due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

  • You may apply for short- assistance while you've been unexpectedly put on a shortened working week.


Apply Online Here


Physical Forms:

  • Find a detailed guide on how to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment here.

  • Application form for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment can be found here.

Send the completed application form by Freepost to:

Freepost, PO Box 12896, Dublin 1


Please kindly note that due to a high number of applications the department has requested simply to wait after your application and the funds should come to your bank account directly.


I have not received my payment! (Update 02/04/2020)

Non-payment could occur for one of two reasons, either because the applicant was disqualified or the details contained inaccurately in their application.


About 15,000 fewer than 5% non-eligible applications were submitted to the department.

To be liable for payment, an individual must:

  • Be between 18 and 66 years of age;

  • Have been in employment or self-employment immediately before the 13th of March 2020;

  • Have been laid off by their employer, as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic or their own business had to cease trading because of the pandemic; and

  • Confirm that they are not in receipt of any employment income and are now fully unemployed.

  • Be resident in Ireland

When consumers fulfil these requirements and only if they satisfy these requirements, they are liable for COVID-19 reimbursement. If they were still unemployed prior March 13 or quit their jobs willingly are not qualified and would not be compensated.


If individuals meet these requirements and have not received their payment, then is more definitely due to inaccurate details involved with their submissions, such as wrong PPS No. or IBAN. The department has urged to simply reapply online.


I hope this is of assistance to you.

Please stay safe, maintain distance (2m), wash your hands, stay connected online.


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