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International Student Arrivals

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is looking forward to having you study with us for the 2021-22 academic year.  In full compliance with current government guidelines, here is important information on what you need to know in advance of your departure and when you arrive into Ireland.



All travelers to Ireland must complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form electronically before they arrive in Ireland; failure to complete the Form is an offence. The information you provide may be used to contact you in the 14 days following arrival to verify the details given on this form and to provide you with public health advice. This form may also be used for the purposes of contact tracing in relation to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.



It is advised by the Irish Government that all students, where possible, be fully vaccinated before travelling to Ireland. In the Irish context, to be fully vaccinated means the following:

NB: The information included in this table is correct at date of publication and is subject to change. Please check the latest information at www.gov.ie.


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It is important that you understand the restrictions that you may face when you travel to Ireland. If you are fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine and can provide evidence of this then you will not need to quarantine.

EU/EEA students must produce either the Digital COVID Certificate or proof of a negative PCR Test.

Non EU/EEA students from a non-designated country must provide proof of vaccination or a PCR test.

Non EU/EEA students from a designated country must provide proof of a vaccination otherwise they must enter Mandatory Hotel Quarantine.



If you are required to self-quarantine then you will need to ensure that you have booked your own room (not sharing) where you can safely carry out your period of self-quarantine. The self-quarantine period is 5 days minimum and can be up to 14 days.

In order to stop self-quarantining, you will need to do a PCR test in Carlow 5 days after you arrive.

This test is free of charge and must be booked online 2 days BEFORE you depart. The link for booking this test is here.

This ‘day 5’ test taken in Ireland is in addition to the PCR test that is required 72 hours before you travel.


Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

If you are required to enter Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) then this must be booked in advance.

More information on MHQ can be found here.

Hotels can be booked here.

Remember, you can exit the MHQ if you have a clear PCR test after 10 days. As the MHQ is run by the Government, arrangements for that test will be made at your location. The hotels are generally based in Dublin.

Study abroad students of Carlow College, St. Patrick’s who are required to enter MHQ will do so at their own expense.


COVID Tracker App

We encourage all students studying at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s to download the COVID-19 Tracker App.


Travel to Carlow

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is participating in a Greet and Transfer Service which is available to all international students. This free services is available from Dublin Airport from August 1st to October 4th (inclusive)

  • Students must be full-time students of Carlow College, St Patrick’s
  • Service is available for students ONLY – family members CANNOT avail of the service
  • To avail of this service you need to complete a Student Arrival Form no later than 7 days prior to your arrival date in Ireland.
  • Should your arrival details change between the time of completing the form and the time that you travel you must complete a Travel Data Change Form


Greet & Transfer Service

The Greet & Transfer Desks are located in Dublin Airport Terminal 1 & 2 Arrivals Halls. Look out for the Greet & Transfer Service Logo

  • Students should proceed to the Greet & Transfer Desk after exiting Passport Control and collecting their baggage in the Baggage Reclaim area.
  • Students should plan a flight arrival time in Dublin Airport of no later than 21.00 and check in with the Greet and Transfer Service no later than 22.00 to avail of the transfer offer.
  • If a student presents at the Greet & Transfer Service Desk after 22:00 they will be transported to the Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport where they will overnight on a ‘free of charge’ basis. All such students should return to the Greet & Transfer Desk at Dublin Airport the following morning for their onward transportation to Carlow.
  • Students who present at the Greet & Transfer Service Desk before 22:00 will be transported from Dublin Airport to Carlow (public or private coach service).
  • Students who must undergo Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) will be escorted by State officials on arrival to their pre-booked MHQ facility. These students should (a) return from their MHQ facility (after completing their quarantine period) to the Greet & Transfer Service Desk; and (b) avail of the managed airport transfer service to Carlow having first completed the Travel Data Change Form to notify Club Travel of their new transfer date.
  • ALL students will be transported to a Central Drop-Off Location (Carlow Coach Park in Carlow) where ‘final transportation’ will be arranged by Carlow College, St Patrick’s will be waiting for you to bring you to your accommodation. Please ensure you notify us directly of your arrival date and time in Carlow by emailing admissionscc@carlowcollege.ie


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