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September 2021 Arriving in Ireland

Last updated: 8 September 2021

This information is for international students who will commence their studies at UL in September 2021, at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

We will update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back regularly.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Over the coming weeks, important information will be communicated to offer-holders by email. For this reason, we would ask that you please ensure you have InternationalArrivals@ul.ie placed on your Safe Senders list. You should also put one the following email addresses on your Safe Senders list, depending on your programme of study: 

You can view details on how to add email addresses to your Safe Senders list for a variety of email providers below:

In line with official government requirements, it is mandatory that you inform UL Global of your travel arrangements. During July, all offer-holders and returning international students will be sent an email with a link to complete an online form which will collect information about your travel arrangements.

We ask that you complete this form no later than 10 days before your arrival. This will allow us to organise for your free transport to UL. It is mandatory that you complete this online form, even if you are not availing of our airport collection service. 

If you have any change to your travel plans, please resubmit the online form with your updated details.

If you are arriving into Ireland from overseas, you will be required to complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form within 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland from overseas.

An officer at the airport or ferry terminal will ask for proof of the form and verification of the information supplied.

All passengers travelling into Ireland must complete the Passenger Locator Form, including those who are not required to quarantine after their arrival.

The form is now available online.

Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

The app can:

  • alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
  • alert other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for COVID-19

Recently, a new feature has been released on the COVID Tracker App that allows people to carry their Digital COVID Certificate securely on their phone

Click here to get the app

Please note, this app may not be available to download from your home country. If you are not able to download this app, please try again when you arrive in Ireland. 

Travelling into Ireland

If you are arriving into Ireland from overseas or are transiting through an Irish port or airport you must have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland. Antigen or other test types do not meet the requirements.

You will be asked to show evidence of this negative or 'not detected' result before boarding the airplane or ferry from the country you are travelling from and will be denied boarding if you cannot produce such evidence. Once you arrive in Ireland - you have to provide this evidence to Irish immigration officers.

If you arrive from an non-designated country, and have presented a negative PCR test (carried out less than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland) you will be asked to quarantine for 14 days at your accommodation at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form . During this time, you may only leave your place of residence during to take a COVID-19 test, for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State.

Passengers are requested to arrange a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test to be taken at least 5 days after arrival in Ireland. This can be booked online here. You can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test

It is important to note that if you arrive without the pre-departure negative PCR test, you will be directed to mandatory hotel quarantine.

Click here for further information.

If you are travelling into Ireland from a country deemed a 'designated state', you must complete a 14-day period of mandatory hotel quarantine. This applies to all those who have travelled through a port or an airport in a high-risk country, even if you did not leave the airport / port. 

You must also enter mandatory hotel quarantine if, regardless of which country you arrive from (designated and non-designated states), you do not provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.

Once you have completed the period of mandatory hotel quarantine (this could be reduced if you get a 'not detected' result of a COVID-19 PCR test that is taken after ten days), you will receive a letter of completion. You will then be free to leave the mandatory hotel quarantine facility.

The cost of testing for COVID-19 is included in the mandatory hotel quarantine fee structure.

Further information, including a list of quarantine facilities and a list of ‘high-risk’ countries can be found here

What to expect when you arrive at the airport 

Upon arrival into Ireland, regardless of whether you arrive by sea or by air, after immigration and customs processing you will be met by members of the Defence Forces who will ensure you are safely and securely transported from your port of entry to the location in which you will complete your pre-booked mandatory hotel quarantine.

Exemption from mandatory hotel quarantine 

A mandatory hotel quarantine exemption has recently been introduced by the Irish Government for any passengers arriving into Ireland from a designated country who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved for use in Ireland and who have the documents to prove this.

However, even if you are fully vaccinated, you must still present a negative PCR test upon arrival, taken no later than 72 hours before departure, and complete a fourteen-day period of self-quarantine at your pre-arranged accommodation.

Travelling to UL

During July, all offer-holders and returning international students will be sent an email with a link to complete an online form which will collect information about your travel arrangements. We ask that you complete this form no later than 10 days before your arrival. This will allow us to organise for your free transport to UL. It is mandatory that you complete this online form, even if you are not availing of our airport collection service. 

You can expect to hear from the UL Global International Arrivals team approximately ten days ahead of your arrival with confirmation of your transport to the University of Limerick.

There will be two collection points at Dublin Airport where you will be able to meet your driver. Please go to the collection point at the terminal into which your flight arrives. Please do not leave the airport terminal, as this will make it difficult for your driver to find you. 

  • Terminal 1: Hynans collection point will be adjacent to the Club Travel meet & greet desk
  • Terminal 2: Yellow Sculpture at Arrivals Hall (see image below)

We will also be running an airport collection service from Cork Airport and Shannon Airport.

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

All students who are required to self-quarantine at home upon arrival to Ireland should avail of this service, as you should not use public transort. 

Please note, our airport collection service is not available for students who are leaving Mandatory Hotel Quarantine. These students should take public transport to Limerick. 

Students who are leaving Mandatory Hotel Quarantine and students who are not required to quarantine upon arrival to Ireland are able to avail of public transport if they wish. There are several bus services which travel directly from Dublin to Limerick. These include Dublin CoachEir Eagle and JJ KavanaghsGetThere.ie compiles different timetables from different public transport services in Ireland. Even if you are not availing of our airport collection service, it is still mandatory that you submit your travel arrangements to UL Global.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ireland is now in the recovery phase of our response to the pandemic - reopening society and the economy as the vaccination programme progresses

More information can be found from the following sources:

Current Public Health Advice in Ireland

  • 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.

Students arriving into Ireland from the EU/ EEA 

We would advise that students in possession of an EU Digital Covid Certificate or a negative RT-PCR test arrive in Ireland on the weekend of 27th - 29th August* to allow time to become accustomed to UL and Limerick and to be ready for the commencement of classes on 6th September.

Please note, if you were in any country outside of the EU/ EEA within 14 days prior to your arrival in Ireland, you will be subject to any post-arrival quarantine requirements pertinent to that country.

Arriving into Ireland from a country to which the EU has not applied an ‘Emergency Break’  (non-designated states)

Passenger has valid proof of vaccination 

If you have valid proof of vaccination, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary. Therefore, we advise that you arrive in Ireland on the weekend of 27th - 29th August* to allow time to become accustomed to UL and Limerick and to be ready for the commencement of classes on 6th September.

Passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination

If you do not have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to self-quarantine at your accommodation for 14 days.

Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in Ireland between August 20th and 22nd* to complete your quarantine period before the commencement of classes on September 6th.

You can end your period of quarantine if you receive written or SMS confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. However, students should still arrive in Ireland at least 14 days in advance of the start of the semester, as there is no guarantee that you will receive a negative COVID test.

Arriving into Ireland from a country to which the EU has applied an ‘Emergency Break’  (ie: designated states)

Passenger has valid proof of vaccination 

If you are arriving from a country to which the EU has applied an ‘Emergency Break’ and you have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to self-quarantine at your accommodation for 14 days.

Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in Ireland between August 20th and 22nd* to complete your quarantine period before the commencement of classes on September 6th.

You can end your period of quarantine if you receive written or SMS confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. However, students should still arrive in Ireland at least 14 days in advance of the start of the semester, as there is no guarantee that you will receive a negative COVID test.

Passenger does not have valid proof of vaccination

If you are arriving from a country to which the EU has applied an ‘Emergency Break’ and you do not have valid proof of vaccination, you will need to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine. 

Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in Ireland between August 20th and 22nd* to complete your quarantine period before the commencement of classes on September 6th.

*Please note, these dates are relevant for students who are starting classes on September 6th. Some postgraduate programmes have an earlier start date. New undergraduate students will begin classes on September 27th. If you are unsure, please contact InternationalArrivals@ul.ie

Our online global engagement week will run from Monday 23rd August to Saturday 28th August. Our online orientation week will run from from Monday 30th August to Friday 3rd September.​

Your orientation schedule will be sent to you prior to your arrival in Ireland. Please see here for further information.

You can find the list of designated states that are subject to Mandatory Hotel Quarantine here.

Any passenger who has been in any of the countries/territories on the list within 14 days of arriving to Ireland, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside, will be legally required to quarantine within one of Ireland’s mandatory quarantining hotels.  

It is important to note that the list of designated States will be subject to change at short notice and passengers are required to check the list before travelling to Ireland, to be sure of their obligations.

Passengers required to undertake Mandatory Hotel Quarantine must pre-book a place in the designated facility prior to arrival to Ireland. Passengers will be required to present evidence of this booking to their flight or ferry operator in order to board the airplane or ferry to Ireland. Bookings can be made here.  You can call the mandatory hotel quarantine information line from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on +353 1 613 1744.

  • UL offer letter
  • Passport and anything visa related – make sure your passport is in date
  • Proof that you have completed the COVID-19 Passenger Locator form
  • Proof of mandatory hotel quarantine booking if travelling or transiting through a designated country
  • Proof of funds
  • The documentation for extending your visa to study and for opening a bank account. You will receive information from us soon on how you can open a bank account.

Please note, students no longer require a border control letter to enter Ireland 

Passengers arriving into Ireland will be considered fully vaccinated after the allotted period of time listed below:

  • Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: 7 days after second dose
  • Moderna Vaccine: 14 days after second dose
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield Vaccine: 15 days after second dose
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: 14 days

International students can get vaccinated in Ireland. Registration is now open for people aged 16 and older. To get a free COVID-19 vaccine you can register for an appointment at a vaccination centre or go to a walk-in clinic without an appointment at certain times.

To get a vaccine appointment, you can:

Please note that you will require a PPS number to register online for an appointment at a vaccination centre. If you do not have a PPS number, you can register by phone instead. If you do not have a PPS number, the following is required:

  • Proof of identity (this must include a photo and it is preferable that this is a passport)
  • Proof of address -  A current utility bill (e.g. electricity/phone/gas) in your own name, showing your current address, or other evidence of your address (e.g. tenancy agreement, payslip, etc.). If the household bill is not in the your own name, please ensure the bill payer confirms that you are living at the address by either writing on the bill or attaching a separate note.

To get vaccinated without an appointment, you can go to a walk-in vaccination clinic.

Yes, if a student has received their first dose of vaccine in their home country, they can receive their second dose in Ireland.

If you have been vaccinated in your home country with a vaccine which is not approved for use here in Ireland, you should call the COVID-19 helpline or contact a GP (general practitioner) upon your arrival.  

Accommodation

If you choose to live in one of UL's eight student villages, you will have your own private study bedroom equipped with a good size study desk and free access to high speed internet via the UL wired network. All accommodation offers a private bedroom with shared living space and kitchen. Some of our apartment style residences offer en-suite. All villages are equipped with a full set of inventory. From pots, pans, pillows and duvets to a TV in the living room, we will have thought of all the essentials so that you do not have to go to additional expense.

Further information including pictures and videos are available on the accommodation website

Campus Life Services have contingency plans in place to provide assistance and support to students living on campus during COVID-19. All students will have a single room in a shared house. Students living on campus should continue to take personal responsibility for their own health and follow the advice on preventative measures which have been published and extensively circulated by the HSE and are available here.

How to apply

Bookings for on-campus accommodation for international students are now open for 2021/22

On-campus accommodation is in high demand with a limited number of rooms designated for international students. Therefore, we would advise you to submit an application as soon as possible if you would like to live on-campus, preferably within the next two weeks.

You will require your student number to apply for accommodation. You can find your student number on your offer letter. Applications with invalid student numbers will be wait-listed. You are required to pay a €50 application fee at the time of application. The rest of the deposit will then not be required until later in the summer. The total deposit is €350.

Book your on-campus accommodation here

On-Campus Quarantine 

For students who will be required to complete a period of self-isolation upon arrival into Ireland in order to comply with current travel protocols, you will be able to avail of on-campus accommodation for this two-week period, or until you receive a second negative PCR test result obtained at least five days after your arrival to Ireland.

The option to complete your period of self-isolation in on-campus accommodation is available both for students who will be living on-campus during the academic year, as well as those who are planning to live off-campus.

Click here to book campus accommodation for the duration of your post-arrival quarantine.

For further information, please contact Summer.Reservations@ul.ie

Contact Details

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If you wish to opt for off-campus accommodation, there also a number of off-campus residences and privately rented houses in the locality. Please see here for more information on accommodation or contact accommodation@ul.ie.

Please note, the university does not accept liability for accommodation advertised on the off campus database.

Please beware of fraudulent persons purporting to be landlords/landladies on Facebook, Internet sites or other media. Do not pay money to persons for accommodation, unless you are absolutely sure that they are genuine – landlords/ladies should not request full payment of rent before you have arrived in Ireland. Always request a contract be signed.