In line with the latest DPER Guidance and FAQs for public service employers during COVID-19, the Government has advised that the safest thing to do is not to travel overseas. UL is not allowing work related foreign travel for staff. This position was revisited on 8/10/20 and reaffirmed.
In line with the DPER Guidance and FAQs for public service employers during COVID-19 (updated 30th July 2020), the Government has advised that the safest thing to do is not to travel overseas. Anyone coming into Ireland (apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of normal precautions “green”), is required to restrict their movements for 14 days. Responsibility to provide for the period of restricted movement arising from non-essential travel overseas is a matter for each individual employee.
In order to protect public health, employees are required to advise their employer of any intention to travel overseas. Where there is an intention to undertake non-essential travel overseas to a non “green” country, all employees must make provision by way of an annual leave or unpaid leave application for the additional period of restricted movement, in line with the University procedures regarding same. This arrangement is applicable to all civil and public servants regardless of whether they can work from home. Should an employee return from a “green” country there will be no requirement to restrict their movements. However, employees should continue to notify their employer of their intention to travel overseas.
The security rating of countries will be regularly reviewed and may change, and employees should be aware that whatever restricted movement requirements are in place on their date of return to Ireland will apply to them. Employees should log on to www.dfa.ie immediately prior to their return to Ireland to ensure they are fully apprised of any changes to the security rating of countries, and any necessary requirement to restrict their movements. See more here
Free COVID-19 tests are not offered for travel purposes by the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE). The free public HSE testing service is only for people who fulfill specific criteria, one of which is not travel.
PCR testing is the most reliable way of diagnosing COVID-19. It is the main type of test used by the HSE. Private companies can offer other types of tests. For more information on private testing and the range of tests available go to the private testing for COVID-19 page on the HSE website. If you need a COVID-19 test for esential travel purposes, an online search will locate a private test provider in your area.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate immediately. Call your GP and they can arrange a free COVID-19 test.
Please go to the UL staff COVID-19 SharePoint site for information on visitor management and events.