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Travel advice

On 12 March 2020, following Irish Public Health recommendations, the University of Limerick suspended all overseas travel until further notice.

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. 

UL’s return to work protocol, based on Government advice, recommends working from home unless it is absolutely necessary to be on-campus. Therefore, UL personnel who are due to host visitors to the UL campus for work purposes should consider making alternative arrangements. See more details from the Department of Foreign Affairs

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 

You should monitor the travel advice by the Irish government which is being regularly updated. You must confirm that you are not traveling from an area with a COVID-19 Key Travel Alert in place. The Irish Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 days.