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Current Situation in Ireland


Situation in IrelandThroughout this crisis, Ireland has taken a measured, consistent and evidence-led approach to the challenge involved. Ireland has followed a graduated approach based on the best available international and local advice. In Ireland the lead has been taken by scientific experts, with full Government support. The Irish Government has issued guidelines to minimise the spread of COVID-19 while society re-opens.

Looking ahead to the 2021/2022 academic year

Education in Ireland welcomes the recent comments from Ireland’s Minister for Higher Education, Mr Simon Harris T.D.:

"On overseas students coming to Ireland: I’m very optimistic about this for two reasons. One; the mandatory hotel quarantine legislation that we have in place expires this summer. So mandatory hotel quarantine should not be even a medium term policy objective. It’s a short measure that we need to have in place while we get on top of variants and vaccines. The second reason I’m very optimistic is the common sense change that was brought about last week… in relation vaccinated people not having to go to mandatory hotel quarantine… many more will be (vaccinated), by the time September comes about. …From an actual university point of view I am extremely optimistic about the coming academic year, not just for international students, but for getting all students back to campus. Because between rapid testing and the vaccine programme I think we can look forward to a much brighter college year" [RTE 19 April 2021].

Ireland’s higher education institutions are looking forward to welcoming you for the 2021/2022 academic year. You can get in touch directly with your institution in Ireland, by following this link

Travelling to Ireland  

For the most up to date information about travelling to Ireland visit the Government of Ireland website. The information on this page is regularly updated to reflect government policy with regard to international travel. Note: International higher education students are exempt from the category ‘non-essential international travel’. This means international students with an offer from an Irish higher education institution, where attendance in person is required, are deemed eligible for international travel into Ireland and to apply for the relevant visa.

The warmest of welcomes awaits you