COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is

This payment is available to employees and self-employed people who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work.

The payment has a simple one-page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to the unemployed and provide income security during the pandemic.

Individuals applying for the payment will be required to apply for the normal jobseeker’s payments within this 6-week period. Once this normal jobseeker claim is subsequently received, the department will process these claims and make payments at that time. This will involve backdating increased payments for certain customers.

We would ask the members of the public to please assist us by applying for income support from the department, such as the full Jobseeker's Payment, through our online channel mywelfare.ie.

How to qualify

Both employees and self-employed people can apply for the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

You can apply for the payment if you:

  • are aged between 18 and 66 years AND
  • you have lost employment due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work.

Students who have lost employment can also apply.

Rate of payment

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is paid at a flat rate of €203 per week for 6 weeks. It is equivalent to the jobseeker payment rate.

If you are getting another social welfare payment, like Working Family Payment, and you have lost your employment, it can be paid in addition to this.


Detailed instructions on how to fill in the form are available below:

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment: How to claim the emergency payment

This guide describes how to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.



Fill out the following application form:

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Application Form

This is the application form for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.



Send the completed application form by Freepost to:

PO BOX 12896, Dublin 1.

After you have applied, please keep checking your bank account as payment may issue before the department formally notifies you.

To help us to process all payments as quickly as possible, we would kindly ask you not to phone the department seeking updates on your application as staff will be focusing on processing applications. Thank you for your cooperation.

DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19

This helpline provides information on available income supports for people impacted by COVID-19. Our information team can advise on the most suitable income supports for your circumstances and provide information on how to make an application.


012481398,  1890800024


The rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary.