Frequently Asked Questions

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  • January 12, 2021 Update: Please see new important update regarding COVID 19 released by the Irish government on 12 January. The Irish Government has tightened controls on incoming travellers due to COVID 19, extending pre-departure testing to all countries. At present, arrivals from Britain and South Africa are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, taken within a 72-hour window prior to their arrival. The requirement is now being extended to passenger arrivals from all countries, from Saturday January 16th.
  • Semester dates: For most students, Semester 2, Spring 2021 intake, Erasmus teaching begins on 8 February. See full list of dates here.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please see below information: Arrived in Ireland and Feeling Unwell – What to do

Travelling to NUI Galway

January 12th, 2021 Update: 

The Irish Government has tightened controls on incoming travellers due to COVID 19, extending pre-departure testing to all countries. At present, arrivals from Britain and South Africa are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, taken within a 72-hour window prior to their arrival. The requirement is now being extended to passenger arrivals from all countries, from Saturday January 16th.

What do I need to do before I travel?

  • Covid-19 Proof of negative PCR test: Please see new important update regarding COVID 19 released by the Irish government on 12 January. The Irish Government has tightened controls on incoming travellers due to COVID 19, extending pre-departure testing to all countries. At present, arrivals from Britain and South Africa are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, taken within a 72-hour window prior to their arrival. The requirement is now being extended to passenger arrivals from all countries, from Saturday January 16th.
  • Government Guidlines: Familiarise yourself with all travel-specific public health guidelines related to your journey.  Full details available at https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/  
  • COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form: You must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and present it to an immigration officer at your point of entry.  This form is available here.
  • NUI Galway Travel & Accommodation Form: Students must complete this mandatory form for NUI Galway to confirm their travel and accommodation arrangements. See more detail below on transport and accommodation options available.
  • Health & Symptom Questionnaire: All incoming students are required to complete an online symptom tracker for 14 days before departure for Ireland. Students who have symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not travel to Ireland until they have been symptom-free for at least 14 days prior to departure. You will begin to receive this daily symptom tracker 14 days before you travel, based on the planned arrival date you have given us in the above-mentioned travel and accommodation form..
  • Please make sure to read the NUI Galway Complying with COVID-19 Public Health Measures Guide 

Arriving in Ireland & Galway: What facilities are in place for me?

Transport to Galway: 

  • NUI Galway can provide a bus ticket from any airport of arrival to Galway city, followed by a taxi service from the Galway Coach Station to the student residences at NUI Galway. Please note, this applies to students arriving in Galway for their first time.
  • To avail of these services please contact Cyril Reddington on cyril.reddington@nuigalway.ie or Olivia McBride on olivia.mcbride@nuigalway.ie 

Accommodation for your 14-day period of restricted movement

The Irish government requires you to stay in appropriate accommodation that enables you to comply with the conditions of restricted movement.  The University has a limited amount of high-quality accommodation in its student residences, which will be provided for the purposes of restricted movement, free of charge, to those students arriving from overseas for the first time who will be beginning their 14-day period of restricted movementClick here  to book your self-isolation period for first time arrivals.  Please note this accommodation is only available to book if you are arriving between the dates of January 6th and January 18th 2021 – if you are arriving outside of these dates, you must make alternative arrangements.

Students who are returning to Ireland to continue their studies and who wish to book accommodation for restricted movement period please book here. Please note this accommodation is only available to book if you are arriving between the dates of January 6th and January 18th 2021 – if you are arriving outside of these dates, you must make alternative arrangements.

These student residences, Corrib Village, and Goldcrest Village, are located on the NUI Galway campus at Upper Newcastle, Galway, H91F78F, Co. Galway. 

Arrived in Ireland and Feeling Unwell – What to do

In the event that you should become ill while in restricted movement or thereafter, you should contact the local health unit on campus or out of hours doctor services. Please ensure you isolate your movement. If experiencing breathing difficulties, or seriously ill, you should call an ambulance immediately (dial 999 or 112). 

The Student Health Unit ((091) 492604) is providing a service to all full-time registered students as normal, though with the majority of consultations at present still being undertaken remotely, as per public health/ICGP infection prevention & control practice management recommendations.  The Student Health Unit does not provide housecall visits as part of its service.  The current 'outside term-time' opening hours are: 09.30-16.30, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours, please continue to contact the Student Health Unit ((091) 492604) and you will receive more information on the appropriate point of contact.

Contact numbers for both are below as well as some additional emergency numbers.

Local Medical Service Contact Information

Name

Number

University Health Unit

(091) 492604

University Hospital Galway

091 524222

WestDoc 

091 747710

Other Contact Numbers:

 

Reception, Residences

091 527112

Millstreet Garda Station (Police station)

091 538000

University Late Night Pharmacy

091 520115

Click here for more information on Health and Travel.

Mobile Sim Cards

Sim Cards: You should order an Irish Sim Card for your mobile phone and arrange for it to be waiting for you in the accommodation where you will spend the restricted movement period. You will require an Irish number to be contactable by Irish Health Services should you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms and require a COVID-19 test. Please see information in the point above about what to do if you begin to feel unwell.

If you wish to use your existing phone, please ensure that it is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card. Your current network provider can provide you with your unlocking code. Your phone may be unlocked already; you can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network to see if it works.

Several mobile phone service providers in Ireland offer a range of monthly plans. Sim cards can be ordered online and will be sent in the post. By topping up mobile credit each month, students can avail of unlimited data and texts with certain mobile phone companies. See the links below for current promotions and call allowances. 

3 Mobile

Vodafone

Tesco Mobile

On-Campus Accommodation

Are all on-campus rooms single occupancy?

 Twin rooms are available for students who are willing to share.

What happens if I am unable to start my course in NUI Galway due to Covid-19 travel restrictions?

If you are unable to start University due to a Government-imposed travel ban in place in either your home country or here in Ireland and you have already booked accommodation with us, Campus Living will refund any deposit less an administration charge and refund any rent paid.

 

NUI Galway Complying with COVID-19 Public Health Measures Guide

MANDATORY: All students must review the NUI Galway Complying with COVID-19 Public Health Measures Guide. 

National report: Irish University Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ireland's universities are playing a vital role in our country's response to the COVID-19 emergency. Through targeted research, volunteering and redeployment, and the sharing of expertise, data and facilities, our universities are delivering life-changing impacts at home and abroad.

Our Research & Innovation Office at NUI Galway has developed a website highlighting the wide range of positive impacts our university is having.

The Irish Universities Association has published a report highlighting the wide range of positive impacts our universities are having.

 For more information, you can also visit NUI Galway Alert.

If you are feeling unwell, please see above information Arrived in Ireland and Feeling Unwell – What to do

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