International Students

Restricted Movement FAQ

Updated 13 January 2021

PRE-DEPARTURE SYMPTOM TRACKER FOR ALL STUDENTS COMING TO IRELAND FROM OVERSEAS REGARDLESS OF COUNTRY OF DEPARTURE

Before departing your home country all students coming to Ireland from overseas, regardless of country of origin/departure are required to complete a daily symptom check for COVID-19 for each day of the 14 days up to and including their date of departure. The Pre-departure On-line COVID 19 Symptom Tracker for students coming to Ireland from overseas can be accessed here.  You MUST delay your departure to Ireland until you are at least 14 days free of symptoms or after your diagnosis of COVID 19.

In compliance with current government guidelines, incoming UCC students who have travelled from outside of Ireland will need to restrict their movements for a period of 14 days, depending on your country of origin. Students whose journeys originated in the UK or South Africa are subject to further reestrictons and are required to have a negative PCR COVID test no greater than 72 hours pre-departure. On arrival in Ireland these students are required to self isolate for 14 days and to undergo a Post-arrival PCR CVOID test on day 5 after arrival. See the Irish government travel advice website.

POST- ARRIVAL SYMPTOM TRACKER FOR STUDENTS COMING TO IRELAND:

Students whose journeys originated in the UK or South Africa are subject to further reestrictons and are required to have a negative PCR COVID test no greater than 72 hours pre-departure. On arrival in Ireland these students are required to self isolate for 14 days and to undergo a Post-arrival PCR CVOID test on day 5 after arrival. See the Irish government travel advice website.

Ireland is implementing the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA.

Nearly all of Europe has a high incidence of COVID-19 and is in a high risk category (orange/red). If you are coming from orange, red or grey regions, or from outside the EU/EEA, you should restrict your movements for 14 days.

This applies to all people entering the State, even if you have no symptoms. If you are unsure which risk area you are travelling from, please check the ECDC website.

See above for specific requirements regarding travel from Great Britain and South Africa.

Restricting your movements means staying home or in your accommodation, and avoiding contact with other people, including those in your household that are at particular risk should they contract COVID-19. You should wear a face covering, including while indoors, to protect them.

You can go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres away from other people. You should not meet or socialise with people outside your immediate household.

The request to restrict your movement means:

  • do not go to work, unless you work on your own and can completely avoid other people
  • do not go to school or college
  • do not use public transport
  • do not have visitors at your home
  • do not visit others, even if you usually care for them
  • do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless it's absolutely necessary - where possible, order your groceries online or have some family or friends drop them off
  • do not go to gatherings such as weddings or funerals - information is available on bereavement and grief during COVID-19 here.
  • do not meet face-to-face with older people, anyone with a long-term medical condition or pregnant women

You can find out more about restricting your movements on the HSE website.

Students who are restricting their movements or in self-isoaltion are also required to to complete a daily symptom check for COVID-19 for each day for 14 days commending on their day of arrival.

The Post-Arrival Restricted Movements COVID-19 Symptom Tracker can be accessed  here

All students are being asked to download the Covid Tracker App as part of Ireland's efforts to combat COVID-19 and you will also need to submit a completed Passenger Locator Form to the border management staff on arrival. 

 

FAQs for International Students

For more info. on Restricted Movements See Restricted Movement FAQ

Frequently Asked Question for International Students

As UCC has a Student Health Department, why do I need to register with a local doctor?

How do I register with a local General Practitioner?

What should I do if I become ill out of hours, at night time or week-ends?

How do I call an ambulance in an emergency situation?

What services are available at the Student Heath Department?

How can family members/ my own doctor communicate with/contact the Student Health Department?

I have an existing medical condition/illness. Should I bring my medical records with me?

I am on a course of medication/treatment from my own doctor. Will I be able to get this medication/treatment in Ireland?

My doctor advises that I need to be followed up/attend a Specialist whilst in Ireland. How is this arranged?

Am I entitled to free medical care in Ireland?

What vaccinations are recommended for students coming to University in Ireland?

Will the Student Health Department contact or speak to parents/relatives or family of a visiting student.

What if I want to import some of my medication from my home country?

As UCC has a Student Health Department, why do I need to register with a local doctor?

UCC Student Health Department does not operate as a General Practitioner Service, and does not undertake emergency or routine home visits, and is not in a position to be responsible for your health care out of hours, at night time or week-ends. It is important therefore, particularly if you have an ongoing illness or medical problem that you register with a local General Practitioner for the duration of your time in UCC.

How do I register with a local General Practitioner?

A list of General Practitioners in the Cork region is available from the Irish College of General Practitioners, the body responsible for co-ordinating post-graduate training of GPs in Ireland. The list is available at http://www.icgp.ie/go/find_a_gp. You should then contact the GP Practice and enquire as to how to register as a patient. Practices may differ in how they accept or register new patients, and some Practices may not be accepting new patients onto their list. Practices usually will only accept you as a patient upon arrival in Ireland, and are unlikely to register you prior to your arrival.

What should I do if I become ill out of hours, at night time or week-ends, or before I have manged to register with a GP?

You should contact your General Practitioner in Cork to determine what arrangements are in place for out of hour emergency cover. For any student not yet registered with a General Practitioner, an arrangement is in place with a local General Practice to provide cover in the interim period. Details of how to contact this service may vary, so students are advised to telephone the Student Health Department 4902311 and follow the instructions in the recorded telephone message.

How do I call an ambulance in an emergency situation?

Telephone the emergency response number 112 or 999. The operator will request details of which service you require and an emergency ambulance will be dispatched to the location. Emergency services should only be requested in urgent and life threatening situations.

What services are available at the Student Heath Department?

Details of the services available at the Student Health Department can be found on our website. Note there is a reduced service available out of term in the months of May/June to September inclusive. During this period there is no Physiotherapy or Specialist Psychiatry service on-site

How can family members/ my own doctor communicate with/contact the Student Health Department?

Details of how to contact the Student Health Department are available on our website . Please note that for reasons of data security and patient confidentiality, the Student Health Department does not use e-mail for receipt or transmission of clinical information. Faxed transmission of written communication is probably the quickest way of communicating. Please note the restricted office hours and allow for time difference in making telephone contact.

I have an existing medical condition/illness. Should I bring my medical records with me?

Yes, it is wise to bring a copy of your medical records in full or in summarised format, with details of your condition(s), including what treatment you have had previously, especially if your own doctor in your country of origin advises that you continue on a course of treatment/medication whilst you are in Ireland. Contact details for your home doctor(s) should also be included.

I am on a course of medication/treatment from my own doctor. Will I be able to get this medication/treatment in Ireland?

Most medications or treatments available to you in your home country are likely to be available in Ireland. A complete list of medications licensed for presciption in Ireland can be searched on the Irish Medicines Borad website. Click here. There may still be exceptions however, and the decision to continue to prescribe or advise an ongoing treatment lies with the prescribing/treating doctor in Ireland. For further details as to circumstances where a doctor may decline to continue treatment see the Importation of Medication on this website. If in doubt, you should discuss this with a doctor in Ireland (well in advance of your arrival in Ireland) by forwarding the details of the medication/treatment including the reason you are on the medication and the details of the prescribing/treating doctor in your home country.

My doctor advises that I need to be followed up/attend a Specialist whilst in Ireland. How is this arranged?

Attendance at a Specialist/Consultant (the term “Consultant” is more commonly used in Ireland to denote a doctor with expertise in a particular area of medicine) is arranged usually by attending a General Practitioner in Ireland who then decides which Specialist/Consultant best suits your needs. The GP then writes to the Specialist/Consultant requesting that an appointment be sent to you for the Specialist/Consultant. Please note that the waiting time for Specialists/Consultants in some specialities/disciplines can be very long indeed, sometimes many months or even years. Occasionally, and particularly if you have a complex condition or serious illness this appointment may be arranged prior to your arrival in Ireland. Please ask your own Doctor to contact the Student Health Department if you feel you have particular health needs.

Am I entitled to free medical care in Ireland?

Details of your entitlements and liability to pay are available on the Entitlements page of our website. You are advised to consider taking out Health Insurance for your stay in Ireland.

What vaccinations are recommended for students coming to University in Ireland?

All visiting students are advised to ensure that they have received completed courses of all immunisations appropriate to their age that are recommended for their home country. If not already included in this list the following immunisations are also recommended: MMR and Meningitis C. Ideally you should avail of these vaccinations at least 8 weeks prior to your arrival in Ireland. The Student Health Department can provide these vaccinations free of charge once you arrive.

Will the Student Health Department contact or speak to parents/relatives or family of a visiting student.

All consultations at the Student Health Department are confidential, and details of your condition and treatment will only be shared with others with your expressed consent. We do recognise families are often very concerned about you when you are overseas, and therefore once you have given consent we will communicate with your family as appropriate.

What if I want to import some of my medication from my home country?

Students coming to Ireland from abroad may be taking medication prescribed by a doctor in their home country. Please see document below for details as to how to import medication in person or via post, or how to obtain a prescription for the medication from a doctor in Ireland.

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