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Before you arrive

On this page you will find information that we hope will help you as you prepare to embark on your studies at the University of Limerick.

 

Travelling to Ireland from another country

By law, passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. 

It is an offence not to complete the form with a large fine and/or a prison sentence. An officer at the airport or ferry terminal can ask for proof of the form and verification of the information supplied.

The form is now available online.

Current Travel Restrictions 

From Saturday 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Arrivals from Great Britain and South Africa will continue to require a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test AND must continue to isolate for 14 days, even if they take a second test after arrival.

Passengers may be asked to present evidence of their negative/’not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State.

As regards what language the test result should be in, it can be in the local language (as the first checks will be done at point of boarding). Ideally passengers would also have the test result in English but this is not currently a requirement.

Arrivals from red and grey list countries (as defined by the EU traffic light system), and all other locations outside of Europe, must continue to restrict their movements for 14 days. However this may be lifted on receipt of a negative/not detected result of a second PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival.

Arrivals from green and orange countries (as defined by the EU traffic light system) will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival but must adhere to the local public health guidance

 

EU ‘Traffic-Light’ System 

Ireland is implementing the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA.

Anyone arriving to Ireland from a green country does not need to restrict their movements.
Anyone arriving to Ireland from a red, orange or grey country needs to restrict their movements for 14 days. They can avail of a PCR test no less than 5 days post-arrival and must remain in restricted movements pending their results. 

Click here to view the current EU map
 

Travelling into Ireland from Great Britain or South Africa 

Effective from 9 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Ireland whose journey originates in Great Britain or South Africa are required to have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

Passengers whose journey does not originate in either Great Britain or South Africa, but who transit through an airport or port in Great Britain as part of their journey to Ireland, will not be required to provide evidence of a negative/‘not detected’ Covid-19 PCR test – see above for changes that take effect from 16 January.

All passengers who have arrived from Great Britain or South Africa are advised to self isolate (stay in your room) for a period of 14 days following their arrival into Ireland.

You are required to restrict your movements for 14 days if you arrive in Ireland from another country, unless you're coming from a green region or Northern Ireland. Travellers whose journey originates from Great Britain or South Africa are advised to self-isolate (stay in your room) for 14 days. 

How to restrict your movements

• Avoid social situations and contact with other people as much as you can. Stay at home or in your accommodation as much as possible.
• You can still go outside to exercise by yourself if you keep 2 metres away from other people.
• Do not go to school or college.
• Do not use public transport.
• Do not have visitors at your home.
• Do not visit others. 
• Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless necessary – where possible order your groceries online.

Read more about restricting your movements here.

When you can stop Restricting your Movements

You are required to restrict your movements for 14 days if you arrive in Ireland from another country, unless you're coming from a green region or Northern Ireland.

You should continue to restrict your movements even if your pre-departure test comes back negative. This is because it can take up to 14 days for the virus to show up in your system after you have been exposed to it.

This period of restricted movement can end if you receive a negative/’not detected’ result of a PCR test that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland. You should wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements. This approach to post-arrival testing does not apply to travel from Great Britain and South Africa.

Arrivals from Great Britain and South Africa will continue to require a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test AND must continue to isolate for 14 days, even if they take a second test after arrival.

Living with someone who is Restricting their Movements

If you live with someone who is restricting their movements, you do not need to restrict your movements if they have no symptoms. If you live with someone who has symptoms, isolate immediately.

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly - especially after you have been out and about or in and out of other people's homes or businesses. 
  • Observe good cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Maintain social distancing - keep 2 metres apart from other people.
  • Wear a face covering if you are using public transport. This is the law.
  • Only use public transport for essential journeys - walk or cycle instead where possible. 
  • Wear a face covering when visiting people aged 70 or over, or other vulnerable people - be sure to practise social distancing for their safety.
  • Work from home if possible. If you cannot work from home - keep 2 metres apart from other people.

 

Departure Checklist

If you require a visa to enter Ireland, please apply for your visa well in advance of your departure. More information on visas and immigration can be found here

 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students 

If you are a new incoming non-EU undergraduate or postgraduate student, you are encouraged to pay your full tuition fee before your programme commences. Tuition fees for subsequent years of study can be paid in instalments. If you require a visa to enter the country you will have to pay a minimum of 50% of your tuition fee to receive your visa support letter. 

You can pay for your tuition fees, medical insurance and accommodation fees online here. Please note, TransferMate is the official collecting agent for the University of Limerick. 

Study Abroad Students 

You can pay for your tuition fees, medical insurance and accommodation fees online here. Please note, TransferMate is the official collecting agent for the University of Limerick. 

Non-EU students

Having private medical insurance is an immigration requirement. Please see here for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services guidelines for medical insurance. 

There are a number of private medical insurance companies in Ireland offering health cover. O’Driscoll O’Neill Insurance offer a reduced rate. This can be purchased through TransferMate

EU Students

EU students should bring their European Health Insurance Card

Pack your travel documents, passport and offer letter in your hand luggage so that you can present them at the airport immigration desk. EU/EAA students should bring their national identity card

Given COVID-19 the importance of maintaining personal hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic, we advise carrying hand sanitizer and a face covering on your person while travelling.

Be sure to pack a rain jacket and warm clothes! Winters in Ireland are mild and summers temperate, due to the prevailing south- westerly winds and the influence of the warm water of the North Atlantic Drift. Ireland has a mild climate all year, averaging 2°- 7°C (35°- 45°F) in winter and 18°- 24°C (65°- 75°F) in summer. May and June are the sunniest months.

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tudents who have accepted their offer will have received an email outlining the following tasks which need to be completed:

  • Activate your UL Student Account and Register for Self-Service Password Reset
  • Complete the online Finance task
  • Enrol online on your course
  • Complete Enrolment at Orientation

You can find a step-by-step guide on completing these tasks here.

During Orientation it will be verified that you have completed the online course enrolment and the online finance task. You will then be able to receive your student ID card. 

All UL International students entering Ireland from oversea are required to use a free national meet and greet service at the airport, which includes a free transfer for students living off campus. 
 

  • Please complete your arrival details here so that your free transport can be organised. It is very important that this is complete in line with Irish government guidelines.
  • The free transport will bring you directly by bus to all UL on-campus villages. For students living off campus, you will be brought to Troy village, from there we will arrange a private taxi to bring you to your off campus address.
  • UL is only capable of arranging transport to the University of Limerick or the surrounding Limerick area. If you wish to be transported to any other part of Ireland, you will have to make your own arrangements and avoid the use of public transport.
  • Please provide your arrival details at least 7 days in advance of arrival. If you fail to complete the arrival form in a timely and correct manner, then the nominated transport company will be unable to arrange your free transfer from the airport to the University of Limerick.
  • Once the survey is completed we will share your arrival information with the transport provider who will then meet you at Dublin airport and arrange for your transfer. We are also arranging transfers for students arriving in Cork or Shannon airport.
  • Please note you must wait to complete the survey until your flight is booked, as the information will be used to track your arrival and is a requirement of the Irish government.
  • If you cannot complete the survey for a reason such as; you have already arrived in Ireland, there are currently no flights from your home country, etc. –   please email the Admissions Office that processed your application and you have been in previous contact with.
  • If there is any change to your flight, please email internationalarrivals@ul.ie and resubmit the survey here so that the appropriate changes can be made to ensure that your transport is organised. If you do need to resubmit your survey, please add a comment in the ‘Any other comment’ section of the survey that you have updated with your new arrival details and submitted the form again.

What to expect at the airport on arrival

  • There will be a presence in Dublin Airport in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 on the way to the coach parking area.
  • You will need to look out for staff in high-visibility yellow jackets with handheld signage as per the 'International Higher Education Students: Greet & Transfer Service'. 
  • These staff will give you instructions and take you to the pick-up service.

In line with Irish public health guidelines, you should avoid public transport during your 14-day period of restricted movements. 

Students who have yet to arrive in Ireland can avail of our private airport collection service. It is extremely important to email internationalarrivals@ul.ie detailing your arrival information (date/time/airport/ terminal) and to confirm that you will be taking our transport service to Limerick. 

If there is any change to your travel arrangement, please email internationalarrivals@ul.ie immediately and resubmit the transport survey. Please add a comment in the ‘Any other comment’ section of the survey that you have updated with your new arrival details and submitted the form again.

  • If you are not taking our transport service, you must email internationalarrivals@ul.ie to say that you have made private arrangements that adhere to the Irish government public health requirements.
  • UL is only capable of arranging transport from the airport to the University of Limerick or the surrounding Limerick area. If you wish to travel to any other part of Ireland from the airport, you will have to make your own private arrangements and avoid the use of public transport due to Irish government public health requirements, unless you are coming from a green list country. Please see here for a reminder on your 14 days of restricted movement after your arrival in Ireland.

How to find your transport to Limerick at the airport

There will be 2 collection points at Dublin Airport where you will be able to meet your driver. Please go to the collection point at the terminal your flight arrives into.

  • Terminal 1: Information Desk meeting point at Arrivals Hall – the information desk is clearly marked.
  • Terminal 2: Yellow Sculpture at Arrivals Hall (see image below)

The driver will display a sign with the University of Limerick logo and your name at the arrival collection point to identify themselves to you. They will then bring your to your transport. Once the bus departs the airport, the bus will travel directly to Limerick with no stops on route. You will be dropped directly to your on campus/off campus address in Limerick.

Please do not forget to email internationalarrivals@ul.ie detailing your arrival information, as we cannot organise your airport collection with the transport company until we have received final confirmation of your travel arrangements.

All students must complete this Pre-Arrival Daily Health Declaration each day for the 14 consecutive days prior to your travel to Ireland. The online form can be accessed here.

A member of staff at the university will be in contact with you to ensure the daily health declarations are being submitted, so that your enrollment at the University of Limerick can commence.

This daily declaration will decide the following: 

  • Individuals who indicate that they do not have any of the mentioned symptoms during the 14 days immediately prior to their trip may travel to Ireland (Note: Students will need to record 14 consecutive days with no symptoms). 
  • Individuals who indicate that they do have one or more of the mentioned symptoms will need to record 14 consecutive days with no symptoms before traveling to Ireland.  
  • If this means that you will not arrive in Ireland on time to start your programme, the university will make reasonable accommodation for you to be facilitated to start the programme remotely and then travel to Ireland when it is safe to do so.

For students arriving in less than 14 days: 

  • All students who are due to arrive in Ireland in less than 14 days must still complete the Pre-Arrival Daily Declaration for the amount of days remaining before your arrival.  

If you have displayed any COVID-19 symptoms in the rest of the 14-day period leading up to now, please let us know by emailing ciara.kenihan@ul.ie

All students must complete this Post-Arrival Daily Health Declaration each day for 14 consecutive days, beginning the day you arrive in Ireland.  The online form can be accessed here.

A member of staff at the university will be in contact with you to ensure the daily health declarations are being submitted, so that your enrollment at the University of Limerick can commence.

Please remember to bring a thermometer with you to Ireland so that you can continue to track your symptoms for 14 days on arrival.

Individuals disclosing symptoms must immediately self-isolate and should contact the UL Medical Centre on 061 202 534. For urgent out of hours medical emergencies, please contact Limerick Doc on 087 755 1570

For students who have already arrived in Ireland: 

  • All students who have already arrived in Ireland must still complete the Post-Arrival Daily Declaration until your 14th day in Ireland. There is a question on the form which will ask you to indicate if you have had any symptoms since your arrival in Ireland. 

You are required to download the COVID-19 Tracker App to ensure that you remain safe and well while in Ireland

The primary purpose of the app is to ensure improved contact tracing. Your data is protected and the app only alerts those that have come in to contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

It is essential that you have your Bluetooth turned on for this app. Ireland as a country has embraced the app which makes it very effective. 

You will have to complete the 'UL COVID-19 Student Awareness' training. Please complete this training by carefully reading through this PDF. This training is to ensure that you understand the importance of COVID-19 student health and safety measures at UL.

 

On arrival to UL, you will need to register with the UL Student Health Centre.

This registration process can be done online. You will receive more information on this resgistration process after your enrollment at UL.