How to apply for UIF COVID-19 TERS benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the global economy, and South Africa is no exception. To support workers who have lost income due to COVID-19, the government has introduced the COVID-19 TERS (Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme) benefit. The scheme provides financial assistance to employees who have lost income or been laid off due to the pandemic. In this article, we will guide you through the process of applying for UIF COVID-19 TERS benefits.

Step 1: Check if you are eligible

To qualify for COVID-19 TERS benefits, you must meet certain criteria. Firstly, your employer must be registered with the UIF and must have contributed to the UIF on your behalf. Secondly, you must have lost income due to the pandemic. This can be due to retrenchment, forced leave, or reduced working hours. Lastly, you must have been on the employer’s payroll on or before 15 March 2020.

Step 2: Gather the required documents

To apply for COVID-19 TERS benefits, you will need to provide some documents. These include:

  • Your identity document (ID)
  • Your employer’s UIF registration number
  • Proof of your earnings (e.g., payslips)
  • Bank statement (showing your bank details)

Step 3: Apply online

The easiest and fastest way to apply for COVID-19 TERS benefits is online. You can apply by visiting the UIF website ( Follow the steps below to apply:

  • Register on the UIF online portal.
  • Login and select the COVID-19 TERS benefit option.
  • Complete the application form.
  • Upload the required documents.

Step 4: Await feedback

After submitting your application, the UIF will assess your application and notify you of the outcome. If your application is approved, you will receive a payment into your bank account within a few days. If your application is rejected, the UIF will inform you of the reasons for the rejection.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including our financial stability. However, the UIF COVID-19 TERS benefit can help ease the financial burden for those who have lost income due to the pandemic. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can apply for COVID-19 TERS benefits and receive the financial assistance you need.