International Students Arriving in Ireland

UCC Student Health COVID-19 Protocol

UCC Student Health are delighted to welcome our International Students to Ireland for the 2020/2021 academic year. As you know, we are entering this academic year in very unusual circumstances as Ireland, like the rest of the world, is in the midst of grappling with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. In order to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, there are some steps that UCC students arriving into Ireland from overseas must comply with. This document advises you of your health obligations with respect to your arrival into Ireland and safe commencement or continuation of your studies at UCC.

UCC Student Health

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Download this page as a pdf: International Student Covid-19 Protocol

Know the Symptoms of COVID-19

  • New onset cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

Every day for the 14 days prior to your arrival into Ireland, you must complete the Pre-Departure COVID-19 Symptom Tracker. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms in the 14 days prior to your arrival:

  • Please self-isolate at home to protect others. Call your local doctor to get advice and see if you should be tested for COVID-19.
  • Log your symptoms in the symptom tracker. Student health will be notified of your daily tracker recording.
  • You are reminded that you must not depart for Ireland if you are ill, or if you have or may have COVID-19.
  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms you must not travel to Ireland until you have been symptom-free for at least 14 days before your departure.
  • Continue to complete the symptom tracker until your departure.

All students who have arrived from countries not on Ireland’s Green List must restrict their movements and complete UCC's Restricted Movement COVID-19 Tracker daily for 14 days. If you experience symptoms in the 14 days after you arrive:

  • You should self-isolate in your bedroom. You must not leave your accommodation if you are ill, if you have or may have COVID-19.
  • Log the symptoms in the symptom trackers and call Student Health on +353 (0)21 490 2311 to get advice on whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
  • At evenings and weekends and if the Department is closed a recorded voice message on +353 (0)21 490 2311 will advise you of the alternative telephone number to call for assistance.
  • The doctor will discuss your symptoms with you and give you advice on treatment. If deemed necessary, you will be referred for a COVID-19 test or may need onward referral to a specialist service or attendance at Accident and Emergency.
  • If referred for a COVID-19 test UCC Student Health will need your demographic details including full name, current address, Irish mobile phone number (or international mobile if not available)
  • You will get a text message with the time and location of your test. The text will include a reference number. You will need to bring this to your appointment. A throat and a nasopharyngeal swab will be performed.
  • You can use your own transport or you can arrange for a taxi to take you to the centre.
  • If you do not have transport you may be tested at home. A healthcare worker will call to your home with a testing kit.
  • Having a test is important if your doctor decides you need one. It can help you find out if you have coronavirus and what steps you should take to avoid spreading the virus to someone else.
  • While you wait for your test and your results, you should behave as if you have the virus by self-isolating. People in your household (includes everyone in your apartment) will need to restrict their movements while you await your test results.
  • Most people will get their test results back within 3 days, but it can take longer.

SARS CoV 2 RNA not detected

  • This means that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has not been found in your sample.
  • If Covid-19 is not detected you will receive your results by text.
  • You should remain at home until 48 hours after your symptoms have resolved.
  • If you are within your 14 days of restricted movement due to international travel you must still complete the full 14 days even if your Covid-19 test is negative.
  • The test will find the virus in most people who have symptoms but the test for Covid-19 is not 100% accurate.
  • If you continue to have symptoms or your symptoms are worsening please contact student health or emergency services.

SARS CoV 2 RNA detected

  • This means you have COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
  • A member of the public health team will phone you with your result. They’ll answer any questions you have.
  • You will need to make a list of close contacts from 48 hours prior to onset of your symptoms to be made available for public health for contact tracing.
  • You will also be contacted by one of the UCC Student Health doctors to assess your ongoing health concerns.
  • Once it has been 14 days since you first developed symptoms and you have not had a cough or fever for 5 days, there will no longer be a requirement to self-isolate and you can continue your studies as normal.


  • Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available here
  • More information on self- isolation and restrictive movement is available here
  • Details of further supports are available here

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