Updated Tuesday 11 May 2021
These Frequently Asked Questions are written for international students, non-EU/EEA, who will commence their studies at UCD 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.
Arrival in Ireland
Please check the Irish government website for the most up-to-date information in relation to travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes information on the following topics:
- What you have to do before you arrive into Ireland from abroad
- What to do if you travel to Ireland from high risk designated countries
- Passenger Locator Form
- Quarantine requirements
- Requirement for a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, UCD continues to operate in line with public health guidelines along with sectoral responses to supporting international students within higher education.
We will provide guidance and support to incoming international students in relation to airport arrival, immigration procedures, transport, accommodation, quarantine requirements, private facilities for COVID-19 testing, and how to access student support services if required.
We intend to provide specific details by July, noting that this advice will depend on the public health situation at that time. Updates will be made via this FAQ section and on the UCD Global Orientation web-page.
Yes, it is important that you communicate your arrival details to UCD once your travel itinerary is confirmed. An online arrival form will be available through this FAQ section by July 2021.
Current public health advice from the Irish Government (dated 30 March 2021) states the following:
'If you are arriving into Ireland (except if your journey originates in Northern Ireland) - 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.
If you come to Ireland without a negative or 'not detected' PCR test, you must complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel.
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.
You should retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.'
Currently, if you are travelling to Ireland from or through a country which is on the government list of high-risk countries and you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with a vaccine approved by the EU), you are required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for your stay. This mandatory hotel quarantine arrangement is managed by the State and is a legal requirement. This requirement may change over the coming months and countries may be added or removed from this list, therefore we advise that you monitor the government website regularly.
If you are travelling from or through a country which is not on the list of high-risk countries, you are still required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival; however this does not have to be at a designated quarantine facility managed by the State. Details about on-campus accommodation options will be published shortly on the UCD Residences website and you can also find information about off-campus options through the UCD Accommodation Pad website.
UCD recommends that all international students have the following documents in your hand luggage when you arrive in Ireland and are ready to present them at Immigration Control:
- Passport (with your valid entry visa if you require one)
- UCD Offer Letter or Certificate of Attendance
- INIS Supplementary Letter (available via your SIS Web account)
- Accommodation details (quarantine hotel booking confirmation if coming from a high risk country, or accommodation details for where you will be quarantining for 14 days if you are coming from a country not on the high risk list)
- Prior to travel, please complete the online Irish Government COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. Please note that failure to complete the form could result in the issuing of penalties.
- Written confirmation of your COVID-19 test results
- Written confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination (please check that your vaccination is recognised in Ireland).
In addition, non-EU students should have the following additional documents to hand:
- Evidence of private medical health insurance with detailed coverage information
- Evidence of tuition fees paid, scholarship or sponsorship details or US Financial Aid (if applicable)
- Evidence that you have access to at least €3,000
All documents should be originals and, if in a language other than English, accompanied by a translation. Further information about immigration procedures is available here.
Starting my Studies at UCD
There are many ways that you can connect with UCD prior to arrival, some of which are listed below:
- Engage with online events published on the UCD Events calendar
- Engage in Virtual Global Lounge events
- Start chatting on the UCD Global Incoming International Students Facebook group
- Undertake the Destination Ireland module (non-credit bearing module which provides an introduction to Ireland’s heritage and culture). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for module access details.
- Check out some of the UCD Festival videos
- Learn more about Irish literature via RadioMoLi, a digital radio station run by the Museum of Literature Ireland
- Review the information on the UCD Global Orientation web-page.
Many UCD academics are undertaking world-leading research on public health and our pandemic response protocols are founded on the latest science and expertise.
We have taken care to make our campus safe, putting appropriate social distancing and new cleaning measures in place. You can find all the details of the measures we’ve been taking in our Short Guide for Students Coming to Campus.