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Arrival in September 2021

Last updated 3 June 2021. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.


Watch back our Information Session from 24 May 2021

Studying at MTU 


What on Campus Experience will I receive?

Planning for the upcoming year is underway and we hope to have an update by June 2021.

Will I have access to on campus facilities?

Planning for the upcoming year is underway and we hope to have an update by June 2021.

My course is delivered in a blended manner or online, do I get a reduction in Tuition Fee?

Planning for the upcoming year is underway and we hope to have an update by June 2021.

Can I study at home? Can I wait until January to apply for a visa?

Planning for the upcoming year is underway and we hope to have an update by June 2021.



Travel + Arrival


Please read the following information if you are an international student beginning your studies September 2021. Please also read your next steps to help you prepere to come here

All incoming passenders must legally abide by certain travel and quarantine rules. You can find out more here.

You must also inform MTU International Office of your accommodation details


Passenger Locator Form


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 here


Pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test


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 will have to provide this evidence to Irish immigration officers.

You should retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.

If you arrive without evidence of a negative or 'not detected' RT-PCR test or a valid exemption:

  1. this is an offence
  2. you must enter and pay for mandatory quarantine in a hotel until either you receive a negative or ‘not detected’ RT-PCR test result or you have quarantined in the hotel for 10 days

If you arrive into Ireland from overseas and enter via Northern Ireland, then you must have a negative or 'not detected' RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival at the point of entry and retain this test result for 14 days after arrival. It must be shown upon request to a member of An Garda Síochána (the Irish police force).

You can find out further information here


Travelling into Ireland from a Designated State


You can find the latest list of designated states here. Please make sure you check this list regularly as countries are added/removed at short notice.

Travel to Ireland from specific designated states is now subject to a 14-day period of mandatory hotel quarantine. This must be pre-booked in advance of travel.

You can find out more about Hotel Quarantine here

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 and not leaving 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.


Vaccinated Excemption from Hotel Quarantine

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.

What 'fully vaccinated' means

Full course of any one of the following vaccines:Regarded as fully vaccinated after:

  • Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine: BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)7 days
  • Moderna Vaccine: CX-024414 (Moderna®)14 days
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine: ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)15 days
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine: Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)14 days

However, if even you are fully vaccinated, you still have to have a negative RT-PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever you specified in your passenger locator form.


What to expect when you arrive at the airport 

The Irish Defence Forces have been designated as the State Liaison Official (SLO) to support Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine policy. 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.

Staff at the facility will greet you and take you through the check in process. They will also provide you with information relating to your stay including on food choices, exercise and wellbeing.

The Irish Defence Forces are available to support you from the moment you arrive in Ireland until you complete your mandatory hotel quarantine and exit the facility. They will be onsite 24/7 at your facility throughout your stay to liaise with the hotel service provider to ensure it is safe, secure and comfortable experience.


Travelling into Ireland from a non-Designated State


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.

This means  staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.  This includes*: 

•Not going to campus facilities such as libraries/lecture theatres etc. or a workplace; 

•Not using public transport; 

•Not having visitors in their place of residence; 

•Not visiting others;  

•Not going to shops or pharmacies unless it is absolutely necessary. A face-covering should be worn at all times.


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.

You can find out further information here




What are my accommodation options in Cork?

The Accommodation Office at MTU can provide further information and help in finding somewhere to stay in Cork.







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