If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or advised to self-isolate due to being a probable source of infection by a doctor, the doctor will then complete a Certificate of Incapacity for Work (or eCert equivalent) on your behalf and send this directly to the department. To complete the Certificate of Incapacity for Work, your doctor will ask you for your name, PPSN and Date of Birth.
Alternatively, if you have been advised by the HSE that you must self-isolate due to being a probable source of infection (e.g. contact tracing) , you will have received a text or a letter from the HSE that you have been identified as being a contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. You will need to submit a copy of this notification with your Illness Benefit application form.
If you are returning from travel abroad and following HSE self-isolation advice, and are not being paid by your employer, you will require your GP to complete a Certificate of Incapacity for Work on your behalf.
If you require two successive period of self-isolation i.e. four weeks in total, separate claims must be submitted for both periods, with medical certification provided.
If you require a second period of self-isolation due to contact tracing in relation to a second person with COVID-19, separate claims must be submitted for both periods, with Certificate of Incapacity for Work provided. You must return to work and make a PRSI contribution before you can be eligible for another period of self-isolation.
You should only apply by post if you cannot apply online
You can apply for the emergency COVID-19 payment online at mywelfare.ie.
All you need to apply for the service is a basic MyGovID account.
There are no appointments or anything for this. All you need is an email address and it only takes a short time to sign up.
Once you've got the basic MyGovID account (or if you already have an existing MyGovID account), just click the button below to apply for this payment.
A Certificate of Incapacity for Work from your GP or a letter or text from the HSE must be provided. Please ensure that your GP has submitted the Certificate of Incapacity for Work electronically or by post to the Department. Where you have a text or letter from the HSE please submit it as an attachment with your application for COVID IB.