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Galway, Ireland

Galway Center Covid Updates

Fairfield University students will be attending NUI Galway both Fall and Spring semesters. Here are some helpful resources from our NUI Galway partner for navigating a successful semester abroad.

Fairfield University students are required to be fully vaccinated upon arrival in Ireland. Because of this, students will not have to follow Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine.
Please see below resources from Fairfield University and NUI Galway regarding their COVID-19 preparedness plan and student resources. In addition to the NUI Galway policies and procedures, we’d like to remind all students of the Fairfield Responsible Engagement Policies. A few key notes to highlight from our policy:
  • Students are not approved to travel outside of their host country.
  • If a student violates the Responsible Engagement Policy and finds themselves quarantined away from their study location or unable to reenter their program country the student will be subject to removal from their program, no academic accommodations will be made by the host university and no program fees will be refunded.
  • All students must complete the CISI travel log weekly and no later than 12-noon local time every Thursday.
Arrival in Ireland and Transport to Galway
·         An International Students Greet and Transfer Desk will be located in the Arrivals area in both terminals of Dublin Airport. This will commence from August 1st 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 Transport Desk 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 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.
·         The bus service will stop at a number of drop-off points to facilitate your arrival in Galway. If required, we will provide you with a local taxi voucher (unique to you) to take you from the drop-off point to your accommodation. We will follow up with you in the coming weeks about this.

Before You 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 Form
·         You must also 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 testYou can book online from 2 days before you arrive and up to 4 days after you arrive.

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