Guidelines for Travel for Research

General Guidance on Travel for Research



Covid-19 Response Plan Documentation -Travel for Research

UCC Researchers, should consult and comply with the Research Business Continuity Supports webpage, regarding studies that may require travel involving Fieldwork (Guidelines for Fieldwork) or human-focused studies (Guidelines for Human-Focused Research).

Preparing a COVID-19 Response Plan for International Travel for other research related activities (other than Fieldwork or human-based studies (see template for general research travel at Templates and Resources for Research Continuity)

This plan must comply with and reference the following national/institutional guidelines:

The Covid-19 Response Plan for International Travel for research (not involving a fieldwork or human-focused study), can be drafted using the relevant template accessed at Templates and Resources for Research Continuity and should include the following:

  • detail the nature, purpose of the travel/why it’s being undertaken
  • the name of researcher who is undertaking the travel
  • name of PI/supervisor
  • times, dates, location of travel
  • the local recording mechanism to facilitate contact tracing if travelling abroad if required at the destination country 
  • Covid-19 safety measures
  • processes to follow should the researcher display Covid-19 symptoms while travelling
  • For international travel details should be provided on the Covid-19 requirements relating to the country they are travelling to/from as detailed on this webpage, and any requirements returning to Ireland from their destination country.

In addition, a full Risk Assessment must be conducted for travel for UCC research related activities for both Covid-19 public health pandemic risks and for standard risks. Template to be found here.

A Letter of Assurance should also be prepared, and submitted by the Head of Unit, along with the Covid-19 Response Plan and Risk Assessment, if further approval by the Head of College is required for international travel, as per Research Continuity Approval & Reporting Processes. See Letter of Assurance Template for International Travel on the Templates and Resources for Research Continuity.

Domestic Travel

No longer restricted and prior approval is no longer required.

Researchers should detail Covid-19 cross infection measures for domestic travel for researchers as part of their Covid-19 Response Plan Documentation for studies, if necessary/appropriate such as


International Travel


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