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September 2021 Arrival in Ireland

Last updated: 05 May 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.

Travelling into Ireland from another country 

Please note, post-arrival quarantine requirements depend on which country you are arriving from. If you are travelling from or via a designated state, you will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. Further information, including a list of quarantine facilities and a list of designated states can be found here.

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.

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

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 at your accommodation:

  • You will be required to undertake a 14-day quarantine period at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
  • Passengers who travel from another country to Ireland, and arrive via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime.
  • You may only leave your place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State.
  • You can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.
  • If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence.

Click here for further information.

What to expect when you arrive at the airport

Students who are arriving into Ireland can avail of our private airport collection service. When you arrive at the airport, you will be greeted by your driver, who will be holding a sign with your name and the UL logo. There will be two collection points in Dublin Airport - Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. We are also arranging transfers for students arriving in Cork or Shannon airport. Your driver will drop you directly to your accommodation as long as it is within Limerick or close by. Should you wish to avail of this airport collection service, you must email detailing your arrival information prior to your arrival in Ireland. 

If you are not taking our transport service, you must email to say that you have made private arrangements that adhere to the Irish government public health requirements. You should not use public transport within 14 days of arriving into Ireland. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

The form is now available online.

  • Border control letter – if you have booked your flight to Ireland, you also must submit a request to for your border control letter. This letter is a very important document and you may be requested to produce this letter at the airport before you travel to Ireland or by Immigration Officials when you arrive into Ireland. You can view information about the border control letter here, which includes details of the information which must be sent to for your border control letter to be issued.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.

Click here to book your on-campus accommodation

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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

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.