Freelancers & self-employed people infected with COVID-19 to get up to $200 from NTUC if eligible

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The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy on anyone, especially not on freelancers and self-employed persons whose income streams have stalled.

To show support for this group of workers, and at the same time, commending their perseverance and tenacity, NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng announced in a Facebook post on 11 November that the NTUC will be giving freelance and self-employed workers a one-off payment of up to $200 if they test positive for COVID-19.


To qualify for this temporary relief scheme, freelance and self-employed workers must be eligible members of the NTUC’s Freelancers and Self-Employed Unit (U FSE) or NTUC-affiliated groups and must have tested positive for the virus between 11 October and 31 December 2021.

Affiliated groups include the National Delivery Champions Association (NDCA), National Instructors and Coaches Association (NICA), National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA), National Taxi Association (NTA),​ and Visual, Audio, Creative Content Professionals Association (Singapore) (VICPA).

Payouts will range from $50 to $200.

How to collect the COVID-19 (C-19) Temporary Relief Scheme payout

To collect the payout, members must provide proof of their first antigen rapid test (ART) positive result or COVID-19 test result.

Valid proof includes showing date and time-stamped photo of their first test kit showing the applicant’s positive result together with his or her photo ID.

UFSE Freelancers COVID-19 Temporary Relief Scheme

NTUC also advises applicants who test ART-positive to apply after 10 days in the event their initial self-isolation period extends beyond 72 hours.

Those who have been isolated for four days or more will be required to show an electronic discharge memo from the Ministry of Health.

Eligible applicants must also be fully paid members of these associations on or before 30 September 2021, and the relief application must reach the association no later than 30 calendar days from the date of the first test result.

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