Business closures due to Covid-19 affected thousands of workers in Ireland. To help people with lost income, the government launched the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is a social welfare payment for employees and self-employed people who have lost all their employment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66.

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Pay How Much?

  • Covid-19 Payment started in March 2020 and was originally € 203 a week.
  • It has been increased to € 350 per week for all applicants from 24 March.
  • In July 2020, for those who earned less than € 200 per week before the pandemic, the payout was reduced to € 203.
  • On 17 September, the highest € 350 PUP weekly flat rate was reduced to € 300. This amount would be paid to those who earned more than € 300 per week before the pandemic.
  • On September 17, those who earned between € 200 and € 300 per week before Covid were reduced to € 250 per week. This will remain the same from October 16th.
  • From October 16th, a PUP rate of € 300 will be paid to those who previously earned between € 300-400 a week.

How to Claim Covid Unemployment Payment

You can make a request online at

You will need a basic Mygovid account to do this. All these needs are a name and e-mail address.

Postal applications are possible – to request a form and apply by mail, send an email to [email protected] Or call the hotline 1 890 800 024

Paper applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment can also be downloaded here. To be returned to PO BOX 12896, Dublin 1 via free mail (simply write “Free Mail” on the envelope).

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