For all information on our Student Health Unit please see Health and Wellbeing FAQ's

For all information on Returning to Work please see Staff FAQ's

What guidelines must I follow on campus? 

  • The Basics: Let's keep each other safe by using face coverings, washing our hands, sanitising and using coughing and sneezing etiquette. Good hand, respiratory and general hygiene is vital.
  • Face Covering / Mask: You must wear a face-covering while indoors on campus - this includes all lectures and the library. Wearing one helps stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Give it Space: Please do not congregate indoors between lectures. Air circulation is important, so don't linger in passageways and common spaces. Limit your travel in university buildings as much as possible. Keep time spent in one area to the minimum and limit your geographical footprint in university buildings as much as you can. If you want to catch up with friends, think outdoors and not indoors.
  • Keep Left: Each room/building uses a one-way system. Keep it simple, keep left, and pay attention to signs.
  • Bring Lab Equipment: You must wear the required PPE throughout lab sessions. The sharing of PPE, including lab coats and protective glasses is not permitted. In addition, schools will not rent PPE in the event that a student forgets it. Access to laboratories will not be permitted if a student does not present with PPE. While in the lab, do not move out of your workspace. Do not share equipment where possible. If equipment must be shared, disinfected before and after use.

 When should I get a COVID-19 test?

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should get a test.
Each one of us must follow Public Health advice on testing, isolation and movement restriction. 

Where can I get a COVID-19 test? 

 Please register online for a Covid-19 test. Galway currently has 3 testing centres including an on-campus test centre at the following address: 
COV19 Community Testing Centre, NUI Galway Campus, 9 Distillery Road, H91 TF1P

Where can I get a Covid-19 vaccine? 

If you haven't yet received your free COVID-19 vaccine, now is your chance! Visit a walk-in centre, register online or book an appointment with a pharmacy, including ours on campus.

Campus Pharmacy: Our campus pharmacy will provide a limited number of vaccinations on a pre-booked basis only, telephone  087 1993336 

Vaccines will be available from Tuesday, November 23rd  but an appointment must be booked in advance.   

When do I wear a mask?

You must wear a mask/face covering while indoors in public areas or shared spaces on campus. Wearing one helps stop the spread of COVID-19. The University will provide a combination of cloth face coverings, medical facemasks and/or visors and face shields

Face coverings should also be worn:

  • where physical distancing is difficult in outdoor areas,

  • where a specific activity requires it.

Students who are exempt from wearing a face-covering can engage with Disability Support Service to receive a Letter of Exemption that can be shown if required.

Face coverings may be removed temporarily:

  • while alone in an office,
  • while talking to someone who has difficulties communicating,
  • while taking medication

  • in order to verify your age or identity,

  • while eating and drinking at a restaurant or café - wear one until you get to your table and when you are leaving or moving about,

  • while receiving medical treatment.

Most face coverings are made of cloth. There are also medical face masks which are recommended for those at higher risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19. Visors are not the best option for protecting yourself and others. They should only be worn if you have an illness or impairment that makes wearing a face covering difficult.

When should I not attend campus?

Staff and Students are instructed that they must not attend campus in the following circumstances; 
  •  You have any COVID-19 symptoms. You will need to self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test. If negative, you should self-isolate until 48 hours after the resolution of symptoms. 

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days or are awaiting test results.

  • You are a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please see HSE website for full advice on being a close contact. 

  • You have been advised by a doctor to self-isolate or cocoon.

  • You have arrived in/returned to Ireland and do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate or are required to quarantine, hotel quarantine or self-quarantine.

  • You are not fully vaccinated and live with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms and is awaiting a test result.


Daily COVID-19 Toolkit

Protect yourself, our campus and community: Follow these simple and effective steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.