COVID is making planning for travel very difficult for everyone at the moment. It is important to note that the current requirements for entering Ireland may change before August/September when many of will be planning to travel to Ireland. In the meantime we are sharing the most up to date information we have available with you.

What do I need to do before I travel?

  • Covid-19 Proof of negative PCR test: 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, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement
  • Government Guidlines: Familiarise yourself with all travel-specific public health guidelines related to your journey.  Full details available at https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/  
  • COVID-19 COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form: You must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and present it to an immigration officer at your point of entry.  This form is available here.
  • Health & Symptom Questionnaire: All incoming students are required to complete an online symptom tracker for 14 days before departure for Ireland. Students who have symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not travel to Ireland until they have been symptom-free for at least 14 days prior to departure. You will begin to receive this daily symptom tracker 14 days before you travel, based on the planned arrival date you have given us in the above-mentioned travel and accommodation form..
  • Please make sure to read the NUI Galway Complying with COVID-19 Public Health Measures Guide 

We understand that some of our international students will not be able to travel to Ireland in September due to the uneven roll-out of vaccines internationally and other Covid-related factors. We wish to reassure our international students that, while we wait to welcome them to Galway, we are committed to providing access to online learning at the beginning of Semester 1.  The staff here at the International Office continue to consult with current and incoming international students to ensure that we can best address their needs and concerns at this challenging time.

We recommend that you should avail of an approved Vaccine before your departure for Ireland.  

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

We will seek to expeditiously engage with the Department of Health regarding the position of international students and we will explore what options might be feasible in this regard. We will be in touch on this.

Travel to Ireland from specific designated states is now subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. This must be pre-booked in advance of travel.These arrangements apply to any passenger who has been in any of these countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside.These arrangements also apply to any passenger who is travelling on to Northern Ireland.

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. 

Additional information on Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, including in relation to costs, is available at: www.gov.ie/quarantine . Information is also available in GermanPortuguese and Spanish

Arriving in Ireland & Galway: What facilities are in place for me?

We will seek to expeditiously engage with the Department of Health regarding the position of international students and we will explore what options might be feasible in this regard. We will be in touch on this.

Accommodation for your 14-day period of restricted movement

The Irish government requires you to stay in appropriate accommodation that enables you to comply with the conditions of restricted movement..

Arrived in Ireland and Feeling Unwell - What to do?

In the event that you should become ill while in restricted movement or thereafter, you should contact the local health unit on campus or out of hours doctor services. Please ensure you isolate your movement. If experiencing breathing difficulties, or seriously ill, you should call an ambulance immediately (dial 999 or 112). 

The Student Health Unit ((091) 492604) is providing a service to all full-time registered students as normal, though with the majority of consultations at present still being undertaken remotely, as per public health/ICGP infection prevention & control practice management recommendations.  The Student Health Unit does not provide housecall visits as part of its service.  The current 'outside term-time' opening hours are: 09.30-16.30, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours, please continue to contact the Student Health Unit ((091) 492604) and you will receive more information on the appropriate point of contact.

Contact numbers for both are below as well as some additional emergency numbers.

Local Medical Service Contact Information

Name

Number

University Health Unit

(091) 492604

University Hospital Galway

091 524222

WestDoc 

091 747710

Other Contact Numbers:

 

Reception, Residences

091 527112

Millstreet Garda Station (Police station)

091 538000

University Late Night Pharmacy

091 520115

Click here for more information on Health and Travel.

Vaccines accepted in Ireland and The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in the Republic of Ireland

Vaccines accepted:

Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Covishield.

Key Points:

  • will only be provided through the public health system and services(i.e. via the HSE hospitals/clinics, GPs, Pharmacies)
  • will be provided FREE of charge to all recipients
  • will not be available via any private healthcare service or other source.
  • will be rolled out on the basis of priority, related to age/medical need and risk of exposure, as determined by the HSE.

First two priority groups; elderly nursing home residents and frontline healthcare workers.  These doses are being administered in Nursing Homes and Hospitals only. 

Any students enquiring about the vaccine should be directed to, and ensure that they fully read, all of the information available from the HSE via:

https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/
https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/covid19vaccineinfo4hps/
https://www.hpra.ie/homepage/medicines/covid-19-updates/covid-19-vaccines-product-information

If you are arriving in Ireland in mid/late August, the University Health Centre’s advice is that it should be possible for you to access vaccination at that time via the national vaccination programme.  Their advice is that if you don't manage to obtain your 2nd vaccine dose before you leave home, then what you will need to do after you arrive here in Ireland is to use one of the options below to seek to register with our national Covid-19 vaccination programme.

If you have a PPS number (https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/irish_social_welfare_system/personal_public_service_number.html), you can use the online registration portal to book your vaccination: https://vaccine.hse.ie/

If you don't hold a PPS number, you will need to use the telephone registration helpline to register for your vaccination: 1850241850 from Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm.

You will need to be residing here in Ireland in order to book a vaccination appointment, and the health service will not permit you to book an appointment in advance, before your arrival here. You will be required to bring photo identification and proof of address with you when attending your appointment.

Exemption for those who have been fully vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated and have the documents to prove that then you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine when you come to Ireland. Any dependents travelling with you, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.
However, if even you are fully vaccinated, you still have to have a negative pre-departure PCR test and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever you specified in your passenger locator form.

What 'fully vaccinated' means

Type of vaccine

You are regarded as fully vaccinated after

Pfizer-BioNtech

7 days after 2nd dose

Moderna

14 days after 2nd dose

Oxford-AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)

15 days after 2nd dose

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen

14 days after single dose

 

Mobile Sim Cards

Sim Cards: You should order an Irish Sim Card for your mobile phone and arrange for it to be waiting for you in the accommodation where you will spend the restricted movement period. You will require an Irish number to be contactable by Irish Health Services should you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms and require a COVID-19 test. Please see information in the point above about what to do if you begin to feel unwell.

If you wish to use your existing phone, please ensure that it is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card. Your current network provider can provide you with your unlocking code. Your phone may be unlocked already; you can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network to see if it works.

Several mobile phone service providers in Ireland offer a range of monthly plans. Sim cards can be ordered online and will be sent in the post. By topping up mobile credit each month, students can avail of unlimited data and texts with certain mobile phone companies. See the links below for current promotions and call allowances. 

3 Mobile

Vodafone

Tesco Mobile

Online Events

Visit our Events page for more information on our online events including welcome events, and live Q&As events for areas such as banking, accommodation, immigration, careers, and more.

International Office Orientation Handbook

Click here for our Orientation Handbook for International Students.

Immigration

Click here for more information on Immigration and Insurance.

GNIB Factsheet for New Students 2020

GNIB Factsheet for Returning Students 2020

More Information

Stay Informed:

Keep up-to-date and find the information you need by downloading the University App and connecting with the University team. 

Contact Us

Contact Us

Contact the NUI Galway International Office and our team would be delighted to provide you with support

Contact Us

Before Your Travel - Irish Government Essential travel requirements?

  • You must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and present it to an immigration officer at your point of entry. This form is available at COVID-19 Passenger Locator FormAfter you complete this form you will receive an email which contains a receipt. This receipt proves you have filled out the form. You will be asked to show this receipt when boarding your plane or ferry. When arriving into Ireland you may also have to show this receipt to border officials. If any of the information you provide on this form changes, you must send an email with your complete and updated information to the following email address: passengerlocatorform@plf.ie
  • You also have to have appropriate valid proof of vaccination or recovery, OR present a Negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.
  • All travel-specific public health guidelines related to your journey are available here.
  • Click here to Book a COVID-19 test if your circumstances require oneYou can book online from 2 days before you arrive and up to 4 days after you arrive. The nearest COVID-19 testing centre is on Forster Street, just a 10 minute walk from campus. 
  • You must provide your travel information in the mandatory form to arrange for your arrival and this information will also be provided to the Greet and Transfer Service Team. Complete this Greet and Transfer form as soon as your travel details are confirmed and at least 7 days before your scheduled departure. This is a mandatory form for all students to complete, even if you will not be taking this free transport. In this case, when filling out the form, you should choose the 'no transport required' option. 

We understand that some of our international students will not be able to travel to Ireland in September due to the uneven roll-out of vaccines internationally and other Covid-related factors. We wish to reassure our international students that, while we wait to welcome them to Galway, we are committed to providing access to online learning at the beginning of Semester 1.The staff here at the International Office continue to consult with current and incoming international students to ensure that we can best address their needs and concerns at this challenging time.

We recommend that you should avail of an approved Vaccine before your departure for Ireland.  

Arrival in Ireland and Transport to Galway

  • All International Students can avail of the Greet and Transfer Service. The Greet and Transfer Service desk will be located in the Arrivals area in both terminals of Dublin Airport. This will commence from August 1st 2021 and run until October 4th.
  • All students arriving from overseas, including, new and returning students from the EU and from non-EU countries should present to the Greet and Transfer Service Desk at Dublin Airport should they wish to avail of onwards travel arrangements.
  • You must identify yourself with a copy of your offer letter/letter to confirm enrolment/acceptance at NUI Galway.
  • The Greet and Transfer Service desk will direct you to coach transport, which will bring you to Galway. This transport will be provided free of charge to those who have completed the form. 
  • If you need to change any information that you have already submitted on the Greet and Transfer form, you must complete the Travel Data Change Form which you’ll find on your receipt e-mail from Club Travel and resubmit your information. 
  • The bus service will stop at a number of drop-off points to facilitate your arrival in Galway. We will also provide a local taxi voucher which will contribute towards the cost of any onward taxi service you may require to get to your accommodation. This will be emailed to you.
  • Students of Shannon College will be directed to coach transport to Bunratty, County Clare and met upon arrival there by staff members.
  • Students must adhere strictly to the following according to their country of travel origin and their vaccination profile.
  • 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. 

                  

Logo for Meet and Transfer Service

 Look out for this logo at Dublin Airport to guide you to the Greet and Transfer desk

Arriving from EU/EEA (and not outside the EU/EEA in 14 days prior to arrival in Ireland):

  • With Valid EU Digital COVID Certificate (DDC): observe standard public health measures.
  • If you have valid proof that you have recovered from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
  • Without Valid DCC/No DCC or proof of recovery: As above plus required negative PCR test (<72 hours before arrival).

Proceed to Meet and Transfer Service Desk for onwards travel arrangements.

Arriving from outside EU/EEA not on the designated state list:

  • Proof of Vaccination: observe standard public health measures, as above.
  • No Proof of Vaccination: As above plus Self-Quarantine plus require negative PCR test (<72 hours before arrival).

Self-Quarantine facilities are available at the NUI Galway campus accommodation, free of charge for 14 days. Book at the NUI Galway Self-Quarantine booking link.

 FAQs Campus Accommodation Starting My Studies, Covid 19

  • You can end your period of self-quarantine if you receive written or SMS confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. Book a PCR test online from 2 days before you arrive and up to 4 days after you arrive.

At the airport proceed to Meet and Transfer Service Desk for onwards travel arrangements.

Arriving from outside EU/EEA on the designated state list:

  • Proof of Vaccination: observe standard public health measures, as above plus Self-Quarantine plus require negative PCR test (<72 hours before arrival) plus Post-arrival HSE PCR test.

Self-Quarantine facilities are available at the NUI Galway campus accommodation, free of charge for 14 days. Book at the NUI Galway Self-Quarantine booking link.

 FAQs Campus Accommodation Starting My Studies, Covid 19

At the airport proceed to Meet and Guide Desk for onwards travel arrangements.

  • No proof of vaccination: Mandatory Hotel Quarantine plus Require negative PCR test (<72 hours before arrival) plus Post-arrival HSE PCR test.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) is managed by the State and must be Pre-Booked (before arrival) by traveller. You will be guided to MHQ after arrival at Dublin airport.

Once you have completed MHQ you may then report return to the Meet and Transfer service Desk at Dublin airport for onwards travel arrangements. No further self-quarantine is required.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

If you are travelling from or via a designated State then you must also pre-book and pre-pay for a place in a designated facility for mandatory hotel quarantine.

See here for charges and booking information (€1875, 12 nights inclusive of all services).

We emphasise strongly that all students should prioritise and make every possible effort to be fully vaccinated before departure for Ireland in order to avoid costly and lengthy Mandatory Hotel Quarantine.

Conditions of Self-Quarantine

You may only leave your place of residence during the self-quarantine period to take a COVID-19 test, or for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person’s health or welfare, or to leave the State. If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine, you are committing an offence. 

The conditions attaching to self-quarantine include:

  • Not going to campus facilities such as libraries/lecture theatres etc. or a workplace;
  • Not using public transport;
  • Not having visitors in your place of residence;
  • Not visiting others;
  • Not going to shops or pharmacies unless it is absolutely necessary. A face-covering must be worn.

You can end your period of self-quarantine if you receive written or SMS confirmation of a ‘non-detected’ RT-PCR test result taken no less than 5 days after arrival. You can book a COVID-19 test online from 2 days before you arrive and up to 4 days after you arrive.

Students Requiring Self-Quarantine

The Irish government requires you to stay in appropriate accommodation that enables you to comply with the conditions of restricted movement, as listed above.

Unless you have accommodation already arranged for the academic year which is suitable, you will need to source alternative accommodation to spend the self-quarantine period.You will find a list of potential providers here if you have not sourced accommodation already. There is also a list of local hotels in Galway where you could complete this period of self-quarentinte before you move in to your permanent address. You must have this accommodation booked in advance of your travels, and will be required to provide this information in both the COVID-19 Passenger Declaration form mentioned above, and the mandatory form for NUI Galway’s reference.

If you have not booked accommodation for the self-quarantine period or the full academic year, our Accommodation Office will be able to assist you: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/accommodation/finding-accommodation/ 

What if I get to campus and feel unwell?

In the event that you should become ill while in restricted movement or thereafter, you should contact the local health unit on campus or out of hours doctor services. Please ensure you isolate your movement.If experiencing breathing difficulties, or seriously ill, you should call an ambulance immediately (dial 999 or 112). 

The Student Health Unit (091) 492604) is providing a service to all full-time registered students as normal, though with the majority of consultations at present still being undertaken remotely, as per public health/ICGP infection prevention & control practice management recommendations. The Student Health Unit does not provide housecall visits as part of its service.The current 'outside term-time' opening hours are: 09.30-16.30, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours, please continue to contact the Student Health Unit (091) 492604) and you will receive more information on the appropriate point of contact.

Contact numbers for both are below as well as some additional emergency numbers.

Local Medical Service Contact Information

Name

Number

University Health Unit

(091) 492604

University Hospital Galway

091 524222

WestDoc 

091 747710

Other Contact Numbers:

 

Reception, Residences

091 527112

Millstreet Garda Station (Police station)

091 538000

University Late Night Pharmacy

091 520115

Click here for more information on Health

We strongly encourage all students to download the HSE Track and Trace App upon arrival into Ireland. 

Vaccination Information

You can find information on the vaccinations accepted in Ireland and what it means to be fully vaccinated here, under the 'Vaccination' section. 

If you are arriving in Ireland in mid/late August, the University Health Centre’s advice is that it should be possible for you to access vaccination at that time via the national vaccination programme.Their advice is that if you don't manage to obtain your 2nd vaccine dose before you leave home, then what you will need to do after you arrive in Ireland is  register with our national Covid-19 vaccination programme.

If you have a PPS number, you can use the online registration portal to book your vaccination: https://vaccine.hse.ie/

If you don't hold a PPS number, you will need to use the telephone registration helpline to register for your vaccination: 1850241850 from Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm.

You will need to be residing here in Ireland in order to book a vaccination appointment, and the health service will not permit you to book an appointment in advance, before your arrival here.You will be required to bring photo identification and proof of address with you when attending your appointment.

Under the current rules, anyone who has received mixed vaccines is not considered fully vaccinated and will need to present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country and self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Mobile Sim Cards

Sim Cards: You will require an Irish number to be contactable by Irish Health Services to receive the results of your COVID-19 test. Please see information in the point above about what to do if you begin to feel unwell.

Please ensure your mobile phone is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card. Your current network provider can provide you with your unlocking code. Your phone may be unlocked already; you can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network to see if it works.

SIM cards are easily purchased in Galway City Centre from different providers. If you are self-isolating, you can order a SIM card to be delivered from Tesco Mobile. 

Vodafone is a common option for students to get. The recommended plan is "Vodafone X" as it is the best value for money for International students. You will need to signup for the plan as follows:

Set Up:

  1.    Pop your new Vodafone sim into your unlocked phone.
  2. Text UNLIMITED to 50222 to avail of our Vodafone X student plan.

What do I get?

  • Unlimited data (there is no cap on data, it’s truly unlimited)
  • Unlimited any network texts
  • 100 any network minutes & unlimited minutes from 3pm on Fridays until 11.59pm on Sundays
  • Includes roaming across Europe
  • More info available here

Cost:

The plan costs €20 for 28 days. To avail of the student offer, you will need to top up by €20 in one go. If you want to add more credit and do not want to reactivate/reset your offer, you will need to top up by €5, €10 or €15.

How do I top up?

  • Online on our website
  • On the My Vodafone app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  • In any of our Vodafone stores
  • Most convenience stores and supermarkets also offer top up (Spar, Mace, Londis, Centra, Supervalu, Tesco etc.). You should ask at the till for '€X Vodafone Credit'

How do I find my number?

  • Make a call or send a text to a friend

International Calls

You can purchase an add on that will give you international minutes to eligible countries to use for 28 days for a flat fee. Full information is available by clicking here.

Add on

Price      Validity

 

100 international minutes

€5           28 days

Text 5INTER to 50233

400 international minutes

€15         28 days

Text 15INTER to 50233

Help?

You can find common FAQ’s here.

There are several other mobile phone service providers in Ireland offer a range of monthly plans. By topping up mobile credit each month, students can avail of unlimited data and texts with certain mobile phone companies. See the links below for current promotions and call allowances. 

3 Mobile

Tesco Mobile

Before I arrive can I get a Vodafone E-SIM instead of a plastic SIM card?

Yes, Vodafone eSims are available for certain supported devices (check here).  You order a new number online here for free – simply choose “get a new number”, continue and then choose “eSim”. A debit or credit card is required to order a new number for security purposes but no charge is made – the sim is completely free. After the order has been placed, an email with next steps and how to connect the eSIM to the phone will be sent to you. eSim FAQs are available here .

 

Downloads

  • Undergraduate Prospectus 2022

    Undergraduate Prospectus 2022 PDF (8.4MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)

  • International Student Opportunities at NUI Galway

    International Student Opportunities at NUI Galway PDF (1.36MB)

  • Mexican Student Guide

    Mexican Student Guide PDF (1.20MB)

  • Indian Student Guide

    Indian Student Guide PDF (2.81MB)

  • Indonesian Student Guide

    Indonesian Student Guide PDF (1.58MB)

  • Chinese Student Guide

    Chinese Student Guide PDF (1.35MB)

  • North American Guide

    North American Guide PDF (1.49MB)

  • Malaysian Student Guide

    Malaysian Student Guide PDF (1.31MB)

  • Hong Kong Student Guide

    Hong Kong Student Guide PDF (1.12MB)

  • Saudi Arabian Students

    Saudi Arabian Students PDF (1.14MB)

  • UAE Student Guide

    UAE Student Guide PDF (1.04MB)

  • Nigerian Ghanaian Guide

    Nigerian Ghanaian Guide PDF (1.16MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)