International Arrivals (January 2021)

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Government of Ireland Information found here https://www.gov.ie/en/
 
HSE COVID-19 Information found here https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/
 
 
Please note all residents are asked to review FAQ's regularly, please do not hesitate to contact the UCD Residences team via email residences@ucd.ie should you have queries at any time. 
 
Please note if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are deemed a close contact or test positive for COVID-19 please inform the Residences Team on 00 353 1 716 1008 or via email residences@ucd.ie. If you require medical assistance please contact the UCD Student Health Centre details available here: https://www.ucd.ie/stuhealth/
Updated 13/01/21 - Currently anyone travelling to the Republic of Ireland from the UK (Excluding Northern Ireland) or South Africa arrivals  must submit a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test reslt on arrival at Dublin Airport.  If you are returning or arriving to UCD Residences from either of these locations we ask that you email residences@ucd.ie confirming your date of arrival and upon arrival in UCD Residences. You will be required to self-isolate in your designated apartment. UCD Residences will endeavour to support students who are required to self-isolate.
 

Yes, all students are required to have a confirmed booking before arriving to UCD Residences. If you do not have a confirmed booking, please contact the UCD Residences Booking Office as soon as possible via email residenceroombooking@ucd.ie.

At present, during the initial period of reopening of the campus as students arrive back from across the world with differing needs, no guests are permitted in any apartments across campus accommodation. This is to ensure the comfort safety and security of all our incoming residents as they arrive into their new homes and meet their new flatmates.

Only registered residents can be in their allocated apartments. Meeting friends and socialising outside of your apartment pod should currently be outdoors or in other designated university social spaces in line with government guidelines. Please ensure to follow the direction of UCD personnel at all times. Residents are not able to visit other residences at this time. Gatherings and the overnight guest policy are currently suspended.

The University is continuously monitoring public health advice and will issue an update to residents when and if there is a change to the guest policy.

Check in for UCD Residences will open on Monday 4th January.

  • Complete Online Induction. (Note – Please Review online FAQS for latest updated polices and processes prior to your arrival)
  • Upload your UCARD photo.
  • Complete SISWeb Personal Details Registration (this includes next of kin, emergency contact etc.)
  • Pay appropriate residential fees (See finance page)
  • Register your arrival date
  • If applicable complete declaration form prior to arrival at UCD Residences.

 

On arrival to UCD check-in will be available at the main Merville Residences receptions - find map links here

 

Please note for some students they may directed to check-in via  another location in UCD Residences. This will include students who want to check-in to Proby residences in Blackrock.

Find maps Proby reception here

 

Further information regarding any changes to the check-in process will be communicated in advance.

We ask  all students to follow the social distancing guidelines indicated by the signage at reception. Please ensure to keep your passport, ID, and relevant documents with you to check in. Our residences team will give you a quick briefing on campus accommodation, your access card and relevant information. Once you are checked-in, please exit the reception following the instructions of residence team members.

A required period of restricted movement and self-isolation refer to the various Irish Government Health Board (HSE)  processes adopted to mitigate the risk and symptoms associated with COVID-19.


For more HSE information on restricted movement click here.

For more HSE information on self-isolation click here.

Restricted movement requirements for students may vary depending on what international location they are arriving from.  See further FAQs below listing  arrivals from EU and other regions.

In line with current HSE recommendations UCD Residences  will currently only recognise negative test results from COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing technology. This is currently the only test type considered acceptable by Ireland’s public health authorities in relation to international travel. This will be kept under review.

No, students will not be required to take a Covid-19 test to check in at UCD Residences. A student who has not taken a COVID-19 test can arrive to UCD Residences and will be allocated a restricted movements apartment. The student will be required to restrict their movements for 14 days from their arrival date.

Incoming residents arriving from within the EU must follow the below EU traffic light system in your self-declaration for check in at UCD.

 

Region

EU Traffic light Status on date of arrival

Do I need to restrict my movements?

EU

Green

NO - Restricted Movements is not required

EU

Orange

YES  - Restricted Movements is required unless you have taken a COVID-19 test  in your home country and received a negative test results within 3 days of departure to Ireland.

EU

Grey

YES -  Restricted Movements is required unless you have taken a COVID-19 test and received a negative result before arriving to UCD residences.  (The test must be taken after a minimum of 5 days arrival in Ireland and restricted movement must take place outside of UCD campus required)

EU

Red

YES - Restricted Movements are required unless you have taken a COVID-19 test  and received a negative result before arriving to UCD residences. (The test must be taken after a minimum of 5 days arrival in Ireland and restricted movement must take place outside of UCD campus required)

NON-EU

N/A

Yes - Restricted Movements are required unless you have taken an acceptable COVID-19 test and received a negative result before arriving to UCD residences (The test must be taken after a minimum of 5 days arrival in Ireland and restricted movement must take place outside of UCD campus required)

Please click here to view our international arrivals smart sheet

What is the EU/EAA “Traffic Lights” system and how do I find out if my country of origin is listed?

 

The ‘traffic lights’ system approach to travel is  part of an EU recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19 in the EU and EAA.

 

As per the Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs website (Click here for link) “This Traffic Lights Approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EAA) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19.

 

Click here for a list of countries included in the Traffic Lights system.

Click here for details of on the current grading of the traffic lighted countries.

 

PLEASE NOTE – In order to check-in to a UCD residences non-restricted movement apartment you will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result. This may mean that when arranging private accommodation, you will need to book for 6-7 days to allow for your negative test result to be received prior to checking-in to UCD residences.

 

I am not from an EU country does the Traffic Lights System apply to my country?

No. The EU traffic light system is an EU/EAA only initiative.

When does my Covid-19 test need to have taken place for a negative result to be valid?

 

Type 1  A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result within  3 days to departure to Ireland (this is applicable only to students arriving from a current EU Traffic lighted Orange country).

 

Type 2  A negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result after a minimum of 5 days arrival in Ireland.

 

PLEASE NOTE – In order to check-in to a UCD residences non-restricted movement apartment you will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result. This may mean that when arranging private accommodation, you will need to book for 6-7 days to allow for your negative test result to be received prior to checking-in to UCD residences

What if my  EU Country’s traffic light status changes during the period of my travel, for example if my country has an orange status at time of departing flight but has changed to grey or red by the time I arrive in Ireland?

 

In this situation a negative COVID-19 test result will not be accepted.

 

Please view restrict movements guidelines here

Where can I get a COVID-19  test in Ireland?

Any resident who wants to organise a COVID-19  test  in Ireland must arrange this via a private healthcare provider equipped for COVID-19 PCR testing in the Dublin area ( or elsewhere in Ireland). Please note we will only accept negative COVID-19 test results from residents after a minimum of 5 days in Ireland. 

 

PLEASE NOTE – In order to check-in to a UCD residences non-restricted movement apartment you will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result. This may mean that when arranging private accommodation, you will need to book for 6-7 days to allow for your negative test result to be received prior to checking-in to UCD residences

All students are welcome to arrange a COVID-19  test at any point during your stay at UCD Residences. However, any student who does NOT have an acceptable COVID-19 negative test result at check-in will be allocated a restricted movement apartment and will therefore be required to restrict their movements for 14 days. If a resident is allocated a restricted movements apartment it will not be possible to move to a non-restricted movements apartment or stop restricting movements until the 14-day period is complete. If a student takes COVID-19  test after check-in they will still be required to restrict their movements.

 

PLEASE NOTE – In order to check-in to a UCD residences non-restricted movement apartment you will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result. This may mean that when arranging private accommodation, you will need to book for 6-7 days to allow for your negative test result to be received prior to checking-in to UCD residences

Yes. If you have no evidence of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR)  result prior to check-in you will be allocated a restricted movement apartment. 

If a student wishes to take  COVID-19 test they have two options.

 

1. Arrange the test before departure from home country.

 

AND :   after arriving in Ireland, they will need to  arrange temporary private accommodation off campus in a hotel, B & B, or other private setting for a minimum of 5 days.

 

AND : if  they undergo and receive a negative COVID-19 test result and can demonstrate this at check-in they can be allocated a non-restricted movement apartment.

 

2. Arrange test after arriving in UCD Residences

 

AND : After restricting movement for a minimum period of 5 days in residences students receive a negative COVID-19 test result they will still be required to restrict movement within apartments.

 

PLEASE NOTE – In order to check-in to a UCD residences non-restricted movement apartment you will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result. This may mean that when arranging private accommodation, you will need to book for 6-7 days to allow for your negative test result to be received prior to checking-in to UCD residences

If you test positive for COVID-19 prior to your departure to UCD we strongly recommend that you remain in your home country and follow local guidelines regarding necessary restricted movement and self-isolation.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test  in transit  to Ireland (i.e., travelling on boat and aeroplane) it is URGENT that you inform the relevant authorities  on arrival  in Ireland and follow the recommended HSE advice.

 

UCD Residences will endeavour to support students as required.

 

You can contact UCD Residences on  0035317161008 and/or by email  to residences@ucd.ie.

If you receive  a positive COVID-19 test while restricting movement off campus in advance of moving into UCD residences, you should remain in situ  and inform the vendors of the property.

 

UCD Residences will endeavour to support students as required.

 

 You can contact UCD Residences on  0035317161008 and/or by email  to residences@ucd.ie.

The standard process and triaging of incoming student residents, depending on their country of departure, will apply to incoming residents who have already tested positive for COVID-19 in the past.

You are advised to bring your own toiletries, but some kitchenware and bed linen will be provided for those arriving for restricted movements in trimester 2  from between 04/01/2021 - 11/01/2021.

Yes each apartment will have a number of kitchen utensils provided for students use. These items will be left in the kitchen area of each apartment. 
 
Each student will be able to access to 1 bowl, 1 small plate, 1 dinner plate, 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 dinner spoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 glass, 1 mug, 1 tea towel, 1 cleaning sponge.
 
Each restricted movement apartment will hold the below for the communal use of residents: 
 
2 frying pans, 2 Small pots, 2 large pots, 2 kitchen knives, 2 wooden spoons, 2 fish slicers, 1 can opener. 

Yes - each student required to self isolate will be provided with 1 set of bed linen, 1 large towel and 1 hand towel. These items will be left in the apartments for students on arrival.