COVID 19 Travel and Events

Travel to Ireland/Returning to Ireland

Students coming to Ireland from overseas must complete an On-Line Pre-Departure COVID-19 Symptom Tracker daily for 14 days up to and including the date of their departure.

If you have any symptoms or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 you must postpone your departure date until 14 days after your symptoms have resolved/ date of diagnosis. 

On arrival in Ireland students must complete an On-Line Restricted-Movements COVID-19 Symptom Tracker daily for 14 days starting on their day of arrival.

For the latest national advice please access the Department of Foreign Affairs site. 

For students or staff returning to Ireland from an affected area, advice is available from the  Department of Foreign Affairs webpage.

Details  on how to restrict their movements on return to Ireland and what it entails are available on the  Department of Foreign Affairs website. 

If you are not feeling well,  take the steps outlined on the Health Service Executive website



Travel Outside Ireland

Information Current to 22nd July 2021

The Irish Government’s blanket travel advisory was changed for the E.U., Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway with effect from 19th July 2021. These countries are now categorised by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as “high degree of caution” and holders of the EU Digital Covid Certifcate (see here) can travel to such countries.

E.U. countries may have local entry requirements which differ from Ireland including in some cases, a recommendation to avoid non-essential travel to their country. The European Union Re-Open Website has details of local entry requirements applicable to visitors to individual member states:  

The Irish Government’s blanket travel advisory for countries outside the E.U. remains “avoid non-essential travel”.

Important to note:

  • Current Government travel advisory information is available from  
  • Approval for any UCC related travel should be sought prior to booking as outlined below.
  • Staff undertaking travel abroad with appropriate approval should take into consideration the requirements for self-quarantine which may be relevant on their return (e.g. if returning to Ireland from a country for which the E.U. has applied the “emergency brake” categorisation as outlined).
  • A risk assessment of any trip abroad for University activities should be undertaken in advance to include identifying the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s current travel advisory status for the destination country and clarifying whether the staff member is a person at higher risk from Covid-19 as identified by the Health Service Executive.
  • Britain is not within the EU Digital Covid Certificate System.

Seeking approval for UCC related international travel:

  1. Where the destination country is within the EU Digital Covid Certificate system and neither Ireland or the destination country are restricting travel to essential travel only –> line manager approval is sufficient for the holder of an EU Digital Covid Certificate.
  2. Where either Ireland or the destination country are advising that travel to that country should be restricted to essential travel only -> approval from your University Management Team member is required to confirm that the travel can be categorised as essential from a UCC perspective.
  3. Where the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a travel advisory of “do not travel” for a destination country -> travel is not authorised by the University during such period of designation.

On Campus Events

Arising from the closure of the campus, all events scheduled to take place on campus for the foreseeable future are postponed. This includes all recruitment activity.

There is no restriction on holding virtual events such as webinars or similar if they can be organised via remote means. 

Covid-19 information