IMPORTANT NOTICE: Regarding Covid-19 Payments available to apply online

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UPDATE: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM DEASP

On foot of the further restrictions announced by the Government, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) is advising that, in order to observe the public health advice for people to stay at home, customers should apply for the Covid-19 payment online instead of using paper based applications. This is in the best interests of customers and the Department.

How To Apply:

The quickest and easiest way to apply for the emergency COVID-19 payment is by applying online at

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 your PPSN and it only takes 2 minutes to sign up.

Now on you can:

  • Apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment;
  • Apply for Enhanced Illness Benefit for Covid-19 including for self-isolation cases;
  • Apply for a jobseeker’s payment; and
  • Request to close your Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Simply go onto the Covid-19 Services section (see link below) of the website and apply for the payment. You may need to set up an account but it is a simple and straight forward process. This online channel enables the Department to quickly process applications, while being convenient, safe and easy for you to use. – Covid-19 Services

If you need help or assistance with any of the above you can contact the BJC staff at 01-8667000 or email with your name and telephone number and we will get back to you with a follow up call/email.

Apply by post

Please be aware applying by post will take longer for your application to be put into payment. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online through

To get a form and apply by post please click here.

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

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.

Phone: 012481398, 1890800024 Note: The rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary.

Also the following document on how to access your account or create an account is available here.