Post-arrival quarantine

If you are a passenger arriving to Ireland, you must:

  • Complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. This form provides details of where you will be staying when you arrive in Ireland. The form must be completed online before travelling to Ireland and is available here.
  • Provide evidence that you have a negative or 'not detected' result from a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland.
  • Check if you are travelling to to Ireland from a specific designated state that is now subject to Mandatory Hotel Quarantine (MHQ). You must check if you are required to complete MHQ. The list of countries that require MHQ is available here. If you are travelling from or via a designated state you are required to undergo MHQ. You may, however, be exempt from the MHQ if you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA approved vaccine) against COVID-19. MHQ must be pre-booked in advance of travel. Please note that the list of countries on the designated list is updated regularly with countries being added and removed as the COVID-19 infection rates change. We therefore do not recommend booking MHQ until close to the time of your departure date

Even passengers who are fully vaccinated are required to complete a PCR test within 72 hours of travelling to Ireland. You will be required to show evidence of a negative PCR or 'not detected' result before boarding your flight and will be denied boarding if you cannot produce such evidence. On arrival to Ireland, you will again be required to present this evidence to Irish Immigration Officers. You should retain written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days from your date of arrival to Ireland.

Arriving without evidence of a negative or 'not detected' PCR test (regardless of whether you come from a designated or non-designated state) is an offence. You must enter and pay for a mandatory quarantine hotel until either you receive a negative or 'not detected' PCR test result or until you have completed MHQ for 14 days.

Passengers who are fully vaccinated are exempt from MHQ on arrival in Ireland. 

This is conditional on providing:

  1. Documentary evidence of having received a full course of an EMA-approved vaccine and
  2. Proof of completing the final vaccine dose at least 7–15 days prior to travelling to Ireland (the exact number of days depending on vaccine type), and
  3. Evidence that you have a negative or 'not detected' result from a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive to Ireland.

The approved vaccines for exempting passengers from MHQ are those approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA):

  1. Pfizer-BioNtech Vaccine – BNT162b2 (Comirnaty®)
  2. Moderna Vaccine – CX-024414 (Moderna®)
  3. Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine – ChAdOx1-SARS-COV-2 (Vaxzevria® or Covishield)
  4. Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine – Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant] (Janssen®)

(Please note that the EMA updates vaccine approvals on an ongoing basis. Additional vaccines may be added or existing vaccines may be withdrawn)

Even if you are exempt from MHQ, you are still required to complete the self-quarantine requirements, as outlined below.

Mandatory quarantine requirements apply to all persons who have been overseas in the 14-days prior to entering Ireland. 

Arrivals from designated states (otherwise known as High Risk Category 2 countries) are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine (MHQ) (see above). 

For all others arriving in Ireland from non-designated states (Low risk Category 1 countries):

  • A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
  • Passengers who travel from another country to 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
  • You can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a negative or ‘not detected’ PCR test result taken no less than five days after arrival*. You must retain the written confirmation of your test result for at least 14 days.

*Following arrival, a PCR test will be organized by RCSI on day 5/6 for students who have travelled from non-designated states. If this test is negative the period of self-quarantine ends. 

As mentioned above, arrivals from designated states (otherwise known as High Risk Category 2 countries) are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine (MHQ). The MHQ is operated by the government and takes places in a list of hotels approved by the government. 

Please note that you will also be required to complete MHQ if you are not from a designated state, but arrive without a negative or 'not detected' result from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland. You may however, exit MHQ on receipt of a negative or 'not detected' result from a PCR test. In this case, you must then complete the remainder of your self-quarantine period at home, similar to the pathway outlined below for arrivals from non-designated countries.

For all others arriving in Ireland from non-designated states (Low risk Category 1 countries):

  • A 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form
  • You can end your period of quarantine if you receive written confirmation of a negative or ‘not detected’ PCR test result taken no less than five days after arrival.

Arrivals from non-designated states will need to self-quarantine for a minimum of five days provided they present a negative PCR test result on day five of their self-quarantine period.

Arrivals from non-designated states will have to self-quarantine for longer, i.e. up to 14 days, if they do not present a negative PCR result on or after day five of self-quarantine.

Arrivals from designated states must complete a period of 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine. However, if you receive a negative (not detected) result from an RT-PCR test taken on day 10, your quarantine will come to an end on receipt of those results. Quarantine will be extended if you test positive for COVID-19.

On the basis that international students will have to undertake a period of post-arrival quarantine for anything up to 14 days on arrival into the country, the first two weeks of RCSI academic programmes for new incoming students will be delivered online. Our recommendation for this year is to plan to arrive immediately prior to the start of your programme:

  • Graduate Entry Medicine Programme – Orientation and classes commence on Monday, 6 September 2021
  • Students joining all other Programmes – Orientation and classes commence on Monday, 13 September 2021

On this basis, students are advised to arrive in Ireland either on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday before classes are due to commence.

Although it is possible for new incoming students to be accompanied by their parents/guardians to help them settle in, it is not necessary as RCSI has a strong support system in place to ensure that newly arriving students are well looked after and supported, particularly in the early weeks of the programme.

It is important to bear in mind that those accompanying you will have to self-quarantine for a minimum of five days, and possibly up to 14 days, depending on their PCR test results after day 5/6 of self-quarantine. It is not advisable that parents/guardians accompany you if you are travelling from a designated state (High Risk Category 2 countries), as they will be required to pre-book and stay in mandatory hotel quarantine for a minimum of 10 days on arrival into the country. 

RCSI has also limited access to the college campus for the first two weeks of classes (and thereafter) to limit infection risk. Consequently, the ability to view and tour the campus will be restricted. This includes access to the student accommodation buildings. 

On completion of the first two weeks of online learning, face-to-face teaching (lectures, practical demonstrations and simulated clinical teaching) will commence in a safe environment, consistent with the highest health and safety protocols. This will include allocated time on campus, at least three to four days per week, to ensure students can partake in the full range of educational and social activities. 

This will remain in place until social distancing is no longer required and full face-to-face teaching is restored.