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Updated: 6.00pm, Friday 27 March

The University is closed.

Teaching and assessment will be online/remote for the rest of the semester.

Guidance for staff and students if notified of a positive diagnosis of COVID-19

1. If you have received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 from the HSE:

  • Please follow the advice given to you by the HSE.

2. If a staff member receives notification from a Student in Ireland, alerting them to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19:

  • Please forward the notification to so that our Student Services can reach out to the student and offer pastoral care support.

3. If a staff member receives notification from an International Student, who has returned to their country of origin, that they have received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19:

  • Obtain date of positive test and contact details of the student.
  • Inform Lorraine Harte (International Office) – – who will notify the HSE. 

4. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms:

5. If you have been in close contact* in the last 14 days with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but don’t have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Restrict your movements for 14 days since date of last exposure with a case. Follow HSE guidelines on restricting your movements.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms follow Step 4 above.
  • *Close contact means you have been within 2 metres of a diagnosed person for more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

For up-to-date travel advice relating to COVID-19, see:

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship. This decision was taken on the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team to combat COVID-19 and in view of the imposition of new restrictions on entry by many countries and the ongoing reduction in international flight services.

The Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. Check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page for full information on these requirements. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.

The DFA continues to make updates to their online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download their TravelWise App and follow them on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Important update from Student Health Unit

Important advice for students from health professionals in our Student Health Unit team.

Public Health Officials have asked that students should  return home during the University closure, where possible, and not to return to on-campus accommodation until the University has reopened. 

Owing to the current national public health emergency due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, as outlined in the President’s message of 12 March, the campus is now closed for all teaching and events, and in line with this, the routine Student Health Unit service is now suspended until Monday, 30 March at the earliest. For any students who have pending appointments scheduled with the Student Health Unit in the coming weeks, our staff will be making contact with you and endeavouring to assist/facilitate you in whatever way that we can.  To support those in our community most in need of assistance and to maintain the health and wellbeing of our frontline colleagues, details of the exceptional availability of the health unit for advice and support are given below. Please respect the needs of other students, particularly those in need of support at this time, by adhering to this advice.

The current extreme measures based on the considered decision by the Government, on the advice of their Public Health experts, is a reflection of the very serious and unprecedented situation in which the country currently finds itself. It is therefore vital to the health and wellbeing of the whole nation, of our families and friends, that everyone accepts responsibility and strictly follows the advice and guidance of the Government, the HSE and our Public Health experts. The power to control to spread of Covid-19 in our communities rests not with the public authorities, but with the wider society and the extent to which we all stick to the hand hygiene, cough etiquette, social distancing, or social isolation instructions being provided.

What is coronavirus COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.

Symptoms of novel coronavirus COVID-19

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. The main symptoms to look out for are:

  • a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature) or chills

Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they will arrange a test.

Compare symptoms of coronavirus, flu and cold on the HSE website.

Treatment of coronavirus COVID-19

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. But many of the symptoms of the virus can be treated. 

See medical advice on the HSE website.

Drink plenty of water. Paracetamol or ibuprofen may help with symptoms such as pain or fever. Paracetamol is usually recommended as the first-line treatment for most people. Before taking any medication you should read the full package leaflet that comes with your medicine. You should also follow any advice a healthcare professional gives you.

If you get the virus, your healthcare professional will advise treatment based on your symptoms.

Antibiotics do not work against coronavirus or any viruses. They only work against bacterial infections.

Supportive treatments, like oxygen therapy, can be given while your own body fights the virus. Life support can be used in extreme cases.

Concerned about coronavirus COVID-19?

If you are concerned about your health, follow the three steps below:

  1. Public Health Advice: Read the latest advice from the HSE below or on to establish the risk.
  2. GP / HSELive: If you are still concerned about your health based on the HSE advice, phone your GP for the advice or the HSELive helpline on 1850 24 1850.
  3. College Office / Line Manager: If a doctor instructs you to self-isolate, students should update their School Office and staff should update their Line Manager via email.
  4. Remote access: For advice on how to access University web services remotely, please visit our Remote Access to IT Services webpage

At-risk groups and coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus. We are still learning how it works. 

There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus. But we do not think these groups have a higher risk of catching coronavirus. This is similar to other infections such as flu.

You are more at risk of serious illness if you catch coronavirus and you:

  • are 60 years of age and over
  • have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer
  • are pregnant

See medical advice on the HSE website.


Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You will need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus. This is to stop other people from getting it.

You will need to self-isolate:

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus
  • before you get tested for coronavirus
  • while you wait for test results
  • if you have had a positive test result for coronavirus

To self-isolate:

  • Stay at home or in your hotel in a room on your own with a phone.
  • Do not go to work, school, religious services or public areas.
  • Do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Avoid having visitors to your home.

It is important to keep away from older people, those with long-term medical conditions or pregnant women.

Remote access: For advice on how to access University web services remotely, please visit our Remote Access to IT Services webpage

How to protect yourself from coronavirus COVID-19

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
  • Check the travel advisories from the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to arranging travel abroad.

Hand Hygiene

Good hand hygiene can greatly help reduce the spread of germs. The University has installed hand sanitiser units in buildings across campus, which dispense a small amount of gel to help kill germs on your hands. Regular use will help us stop the spread of germs and bugs in our campus community.

Community Welfare

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and our collective welfare as a university community. Based on our core value of respect for others, we reject prejudicial behaviour and stigma shown towards individual groups in our community.

Travel Advice

For the safety of our whole community, the University has suspended all staff and student overseas travel until further notice. In the case of students this includes credit bearing and non-credit bearing (e.g. volunteering) activities. 

Regrettably, NUI Galway will not be able to host visitors or visiting parties until further notice, and as long as the campus remains closed.

While it is not recommended at this time, any person planning to undertake travel in a personal capacity should refer to up-to-date travel advice from:

Click below for some useful information and advice for inward and outward travellers

Advice for visitors/students and workers returning to Ireland

If you have travelled to an area where there is significant spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), please see the HSE website.

Travel Insurance

Please see advice regarding the University's travel insurance policy here: NUI Galway Travel Insurance policy, 6 March 2020